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Make your Own Projector with a Smartphone and Box!

A quick tutorial on how to make your own projector to create large images with. Simply use a box, a smartphone, and cut out image!

Have you ever wanted to make a large cut-out but are not the best artist?  I came across this problem when I was decorating our school for a Dr. Seuss family night.

I absolutely love all the whimsical Dr. Seuss characters and I really wanted some big poster cut-outs of them on the wall as decorations but I also needed to stay on a small budget.

I found out how to make a simple DIY projector box and I went to town creating cute Dr. Seuss characters.

This is one of the cute Horton signs for the Dr. Seuss themed bingo night, so I thought I’d show you a quick tutorial on how to make your own projector to create large images! It’s nothing fancy, just a box and a cell phone.

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How to Make Your Own Projector

I’ve used this DIY projector box for quite a few projects when I needed bigger images than I can get out of my printer.  

I cut out the image I wanted with my Cricut Explore.  You could also cut out a picture that you printed from online or from a magazine.  You really just need the silhouette of the image.

For this project, I was cutting out larger letters and numbers to hang on curtains for a red carpet themed graduation party.

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I used a small box and cut off one end.  I then placed the image inside a clear sheet protector and taped it on the box so it hinges open. make your own projector box

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Find a bright flashlight app on your smartphone and place it in the box with the light facing out.  Tape the sheet protector so it doesn’t move.

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Having to make your own projector is high-tech, right??  It even gets so much more complicated!  

This is my fancy DIY image projector facing the wall with a piece of poster board taped up.  You can move the chair in and out to get the image bigger or smaller. make a phone projector

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Then just trace around it with a pencil.  It’s a very rough outline of the image you want but it works!

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Making a Large Dr. Seuss Decoration

For Horton, after I traced him out using the projector, I pulled up a picture of it and free-handed it from there.  I just used a black sharpie to outline everything before I cut him out.  

I painted the tree pink, the eyes white and then drew the pupils on with the sharpie again.  He came out pretty cute!  

I did the same thing with the Lorax but I was not as happy with my painting skills on that one:(

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Click here to check out the rest of the Dr. Seuss decorations.  I used a similar method when I used a projector to make a large United States string art wall decor.

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Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

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  1. Sangeetha Kumbla says:

    Horton n Lorax rock. Suessville came alive not just at Bingo night but now everyday in the library. Thanks for sharing is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to