Easy tutorial on how to turn your phone into a projector. All you need are a few supplies including a magnifying glass and a shoebox. Easy instructions.
Don’t spend hundreds of dollars on a projector when you can make your phone into a mini projector instead. All you need is a few household materials and a little time to make your own projector.
I turned my i-phone into a wall projector for under $4.00.
Can you even believe it?
It was easy and simple and took about 10 minutes to make and then I used the projector to transfer letters and numbers on the wall.
Just like this recipe wall.
If you are a physicist this post will make perfect sense to you.
If you are like me and physics and science make your head spin…..it’s hard to understand how this works or why it works…..but the most amazing thing is…..
….it really does work.
And here’s how I did it.
How to Turn a Phone Into a Projector
I made this project after I read this post from Photojojo and it was so amazing I had to share.
Here’s how to turn a phone into a projector.
The ideas are endless. I’m always all about murals. This is the perfect project to create a mural or map on your wall. You could also transfer images or text or numbers all with simply your i-phone and these supplies.
black construction paper
Step 1: Remove handle from magnifying glass
I found this magnifying glass in the office supply section of Wal-Mart for only .94.
You can simply unscrew the handle to remove it.
Step 2: Cut a hole in the end of the box
Trace around your magnifying glass with a piece of chalk.
Cut out the hole.
Step 3: Snugly fit the magnifying glass into the hole
Make sure it fits snugly.
There will be a little light around the edges.
Don’t worry about that. We are going to add tape to hide them.
Step 4: Tape off edges with black tape
You do not want any light showing through around the magnifying glass.
Add tape to the edges of the circle.
Tape firmly into place until light doesn’t show through.
Step 5: Cover inside of box with black construction paper
You want as much light as possible reflecting out through the magnifying box not being absorbed inside the box.
Add black construction paper to the edges and the sides.
Glue or tape into place.
Step 6: Place the i-phone at the end of the box
Adjust for focus.
You can move the box closer and farther away from the wall to focus it.
You can also move the phone closer and farther away from the magnifying glass inside the box to focus it.
Prop the phone up or make this easy stand for it from paper clips.
Step 7: Project image onto a wall
Here’s what my recipe looked like after I projected it onto the wall.
Then you could trace with a pencil and fill in with paint or marker.
Can you even believe it?
A shoebox and an i-phone….
….isn’t physics wonderful?
Make sure your room is dark. I used the projector in a dark room to make sure the image showed up clearly.
If you are using text you will have to create a mirror image of it and flip it upside down before you project it onto the wall.
Here’s an easy tutorial on creating a mirror image with text.
I e-mailed a copy of the text to myself and then loaded it onto the phone to project onto the wall.