How to Make a Homemade Art Projector Box

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How to Make a Homemade Art Projector Box
Kids can learn about projection by making their own art projectors. (boy with transparency projector image by Pavel Losevsky from

When children are learning how to draw, it can be helpful to start out by tracing a picture that is already drawn or printed onto paper. Instead of holding the paper against a window to trace it, you can make your child a homemade art projector box that will light up to allow your child to trace the picture right at a table. You can find all of the items needed to make an art projector at a hardware store.

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Things you need

  • Picture frame
  • 2 wooden blocks, 3 inches high, 1 inch wide
  • Hand saw
  • Protractor
  • Staple gun
  • LED light

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  1. 1

    Remove the backing from a wooden picture frame, leaving only the wooden frame and glass front.

  2. 2

    Place a protractor against two wooden blocks, and draw a line to mark a 45-degree angle on one end of each block.

  3. 3

    Saw off the tip at the end of each block to make the ends cut at a 45-degree angle.

  4. 4

    Nail the angled blocks onto two of the corners of the glass-front frame. Place the blocks on the same side of the frame.

  5. 5

    Place the frame onto a table top, allowing one side of the frame to be lifted up onto the wooden blocks.

  6. 6

    Place an LED light in the space underneath the frame. When you place a drawing or paper onto the glass of the frame, the light below will project through the paper, allowing your child to trace the picture.

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