How to Make a Homemade Art Projector Box

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Things You'll Need

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