Do you want to watch your favorite movies and TV shows on a big screen, but don’t have the money for an expensive projector? This article will show you how to make one using items that are probably already in your home. You’ll need a phone, some item which easily available everywhere.
How To Make A DIY Projector From A Phone And Box: Simple Steps
Step One: Cut the box.
You want to make a rectangular opening on the front of your box, which will act as a screen for projecting images. Make sure that it’s wide enough to fit your phone (or whatever device you’ll be using) in landscape mode. The size and shape depend on what kind of projector or TV you’re trying to imitate – if you need help figuring this out then take measurements from an existing one at home or ask someone who knows about these things!
What You Will Need
For this project, we will need some simple material. Some of them are Optional but having them will make the process easier for some amazing results:
- Rectangular cardboard box
- Magnifying glass
- Thick black matte paper (alternatively, brush and paint)
- Tape, normal or double-sided (can be substituted with glue)
- Exacto knife or precision cutter (or scissors)
- Protractor (optional but helpful)
Step One: Cut the Box
The first thing you’ll want to do is cut a rectangular opening on the front of your box, which will act as a screen for projecting images. Make sure that it’s wide enough to fit your phone (or whatever device you’re using) in landscape mode. The size and shape depend on what kind of projector or TV you’re trying to imitate – if you need help figuring this out then take measurements from an existing one at home or ask someone who knows about these things!
Step Two: Cover the Inside of the Box.
Now it’s time to cover the inside of your box with some black matte paper (alternatively, you can paint or use a brush). This will ensure that light won’t enter through the sides and distort what we’re trying to project.
Step Four: Place the Lens
Now place your lens on top of this screen so its focus is on where you cut out in Step One. Like before, make sure it fits! If not, alter either step one or two until they do.
Step Four: Build a Support for the Lens.
To keep our phone from sliding around while projecting images onto this makeshift projector screen, build something sturdy for it to lean against – like another cardboard box turned vertically rather than horizontally – and attach some tape to the back of it.
Step Five: Place the Mirror.
If you have a mirror, now would be a good time to use it! The light from your screen will reflect off this and shine onto the lens, providing us with that great TV-screen effect we’re going for. Find someplace on your makeshift projector where there’s enough space for both – like in front or behind our phone (or whatever device)!
Now attach your mirror by taping it up against something sturdy inside the box so that when we turn out lights around us, what is displayed reflects right into our eyes through this little window we cut in our cardboard box! We could even paint one side black if need be but make sure not to cover any part of the screen with it.
Step Six: Cut Out the Lid of Box.
The last thing to do is cut out a lid from our box so that when we turn off the lights in the room, what’s inside will be lit by light shining through this window. This way, we can project movies or TV shows onto any surface and enjoy them without having to pay for expensive equipment! You should also paint one side black if you don’t want this part of your projector visible – just make sure not to cover up any part of your screen while doing so.
Step Seven: Finishing Touches.
Now you have your own DIY projector! Turn off the lights and get ready to enjoy some TV shows or movies on any surface of your choice. If it’s too bright in a room for this to work properly, make sure not to use an overly-bright phone light – otherwise, we might end up with some really strange shadows across our screen. You can also try hanging a dark curtain over one side if necessary (or simply find some other way of blocking out all but indirect light).
Step Eight: Start the Show.
It may take some time getting used to projecting things onto unfamiliar surfaces so be patient as you learn how best to do it. In general, darker colors will project better than lighter ones since they absorb more light energy from the projector lens and thus will be brighter on the screen.
You should also start by projecting onto surfaces that are close to you, rather than trying to project things from a long-distance away. Take your time when learning how best to do it (and get used to doing so in low-light conditions) and soon enough you’ll be able to impress everyone with your very own DIY projector!
Additional Advice: You can use this same technique for all sorts of other projects like painting or displaying photos as well – just think outside the box!
Now we have an easy way of showing off our latest movie obsession without having to worry about investing too much money into expensive equipment. We could even paint one side black if need be but make sure not to cover any part of the screen with it. We hope this blog post has helped you learn how to make a DIY projector, and will be able to enjoy it for years to come!