Have you ever wanted to do a craft or classroom project that required you to project an image on the wall to blow it up and trace it?
For a recent project, handprint turkey chair covers, I needed to create a large pattern of my son’s handprint so that I could cut it out of felt. The only options that I knew of were to take the image to a copy shop or buy an expensive projector. I really didn’t have the budget for either.
I decided to do a little research to see if there was a cost-effective way to make a homemade projector.
Turns out, there is! Using household items, a page magnifier lens, and a tablet, smartphone or laptop, you can creating your own projector for crafting, classroom projects, or even watching movies.
To create a homemade projector to use with your tablet, smartphone or laptop, you will need:
- Cardboard box (18 x 12 x 12 or bigger)
- Page magnifier lens
- Knife or box cutter
- Duck tape (we used painters tape because we had it handy, and it worked just fine, too)
- Heavy-duty rubber bands
- Something to which you can secure your tablet or smartphone using rubber bands (we used a kid-sized stool, but you can also use a box the size of your tablet or phone that is filled with something heavy).
Creating the homemade projector was easy. I already had everything except for the page magnifier lens, which I bought on Amazon for less than $5.