Homemade Projector: For Crafting, the Classroom & More

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
  • Scissors
  • 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.

If you want to make your own homemade projector, I recommend watching Grant Thompsons tutorial on YouTube. It is simple and easy to follow.


  1. says

    This is a great project. I am preparing a sewing class for some friends for after Christmas, and having this to project pictures on the wall will be sooo helpful! thank you for sharing this.

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