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10 DIY Projectors

Projectors can be expensive to purchase. They can also be big and bulky and need a power source, limiting where and when you can use them. However, here are some homemade projectors you can make with a few items that might already be in your house. They turn a smartphone, iPhone, tablet or laptop into a wonderful projector to share a photo or movie with everyone in the room. Any DIY projector is easy to make and small enough to carry around. Some are more permanent than others, but all of them are fun to use.

1. DIY Smartphone Projector

You can make a smartphone projector using two shoe boxes and a few items you might have laying around the house. Just a little cutting, some painting, and you’re all ready. You can watch a movie or any sort of clip on your new DIY projector.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 15 minutes
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2. DIY Projector for Laptop

If you’re looking for a DIY projector that you can use with your laptop, or even your tablet or smartphone, this tutorial does just that. It’s surprisingly easy, check out the video below and learn how to make a projector that will work on most of your devices.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 20 minutes
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3. DIY Light Bulb Projector

Using a lightbulb and shoe box, this DIY projector is simple to make. Just hollow out the light bulb, build the box and then add water to the light bulb. Instant projector! It also incorporates a speaker for a better experience.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
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4. DIY Travel Smartphone Projector

If you are looking for a portable phone projector then you have come to the right place. Our next projector consists of a few pieces of cardboard and a light bulb. However, you can also switch it up and learn how to make a travel projector using a magnifying glass, if you prefer. It can be made to break or fold down to fit into a backpack or bag for easy travel.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 15 minutes
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5. DIY Big Screen TV

Instead of projecting onto a wall or other object, this DIY project turns a smartphone into a TV. The size of the TV screen just depends on how large the magnifying sheet is. It’s a DIY projector that depends more on your taste than knowledge.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 15 minutes
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6. DIY Home Projector

This DIY projector uses multiple magnifying lenses for more control over the image. The other projectors move the phone for focus, but a hole in the top lets you move the extra magnifying glass around to adjust the focus. For adding a speaker to your project you can look at our tutorials on DIY home theater speakers.

Level of difficulty: Medium
Duration: 25 minutes
Materials you need:

  • Shoe box
  • Magnifying glass set with three sizes
  • X-Acto knife
  • Marker
  • Electrical tap

 

7. DIY Wood Projector

For a more permanent and durable projector, here is a tutorial that makes a smartphone projector using wood and a bi-convex lens. It requires some wood cutting and skill. However, the finished project is a great wood projector that is small enough to go with you anywhere.

Level of difficulty: Hard
Duration: 1 hour
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8. DIY Adjustable Projector

This DIY projector can be any size. It can be large enough to fit a TV and small enough for a smartphone. Therefore, it’s all just how large you want to make it. It can also be built with any material, making it as durable as desired. The two fitting sections adjust for better focus and can also store one inside the other for easy travel.

Level of difficulty: Easy to Hard
Duration: 12 minutes to an hour (depending on materials used)
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9. DIY 3D Projection

To create a 3D hologram using a smartphone, this tutorial just needs CD cases and some glue. It turns any image or video into a 3D image. This tutorial also doesn’t involve taking the cases apart, making it more kid friendly to make. In fact, it’s a great example of how to make a projector without a magnifying glass.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
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10. DIY 3D Projection – No Glass

This last DIY projector is a fun way to make a 3D image appear above your phone. However, it does not use glass like some of the other 3D holograms.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
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Conclusion

With just a few simple items and a little time, you can make a DIY projector with ease. There are projects that are simple and disposable and some that are extremely durable. In addition, you can make them for your home or even travel. These projectors can be a great project for the kids and allow them to watch their movies on the wall instead of the small screen of a phone or tablet. Let us know how your DIY project went!

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