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17 DIY Phone Projectors-A Cheap Homemade Project To Try This Weekend

Creating a DIY phone projector will provide you with large screen viewing from a small device. Watch movies, videos, YouTube tutorials, and more on a big screen right from your Smartphone. A simple shoebox and magnifying glass can transform a cell phone into a homemade projector.

A DIY phone projector can be created from any cell phone and is a fun DIY to do with your children. Pop some popcorn and get ready to enjoy some family movie time with one of these 13 DIY phone projector ideas we have found for you.

1- Cheap DIY Smartphone Projector

Develop your creativity and learn how optics work by creating this cheap Smartphone projector.

A shoebox and a few other items are all that you will need to create this cheap and functional diy phone projector. Transform the small screen of your cell phone into a large screen the whole family can enjoy viewing with these detailed DIY plans by expertphotography.

The kids will be fascinated with this DIY project by and the finished projector will be good for the whole family.

Cheap Smartphone Projector
DIY Smartphone Projector Image, via: expertphotography

2- Wooden Box DIY Projector

If you want to create an attractive homemade projector check this one by Thrift Diving. The exterior is made from a small piece of leftover wood and it can be painted and decorated in any way you would like. The projector is inside the wood box and is fully functional to project images from your Smartphone onto a projector screen or wall. All the working components of the projector are housed inside the wood box so it will look nice while it is projecting imaging.

This is a great DIY project to do with your kids. You can do the technical part of the build while they paint and decorate the exterior of the wood box. Ideal for using on family movie night and for using when friends come over to watch streamed programs or videos you made yourself.

If you want your homemade phone projector to be more than a cardboard shoe box, try this project. It will give your projector an expensive look without costing you much money. Many of the components come from the Dollar Tree store and cost just a little over a dollar.

These detailed instructions provide you with both written and pictorial instructions so it will be easy for you to build one just like it at home. These wooden box projectors would also make nice gifts and with Christmas just around the corner, you may want to make a few extra for family and friends.

DIY Phone Projector
Wooden Box DIY Projector, Image By Thrift Diving

3- Low Tech Phone Projector

Not everyone has the skills to do a lot of electronic wizardry and turn an ordinary cell phone into a DIY projector like this one on YouTube.

Learn how to make a diy projector using your cell phone and a few other simple components so you can watch videos on a big screen. This DIY project is for people who have limited skills with electronics since it is such a simple project.

Although it is simple the results are amazing. You can enjoy a family movie night, share videos, or stream your favorite programs on a large wall screen by transforming your cell phone into a DIY projector.

A magnifying glass is used to enlarge the picture and project it onto a screen or wall so you can watch a video without having to squint your eyes. When the images are projected in a larger format, you can sit in a comfortable position and enjoy the video with family and friends.

A new store bought home projector will cost hundreds of dollars and it may not be compatible with your phone. This DIY projector is compatible with any cell phone and is easy to take along with you wherever you go. A store bought projector is large and bulky, not so easy to take with you to a friends house.

This low tech phone projector is cheap and easy to build. You will be able to build one this morning and be watching projected images this afternoon when you follow these simple YouTube instructions. You may also like to check out diy charging station to hide cables, cords and charge your devices at an organized place or station.

4- Shoe Box Projector

This cheap homemade DIY projector by Instructables can be created in less than 30 minutes and provide you and your family with hours of entertainment.

Use this diy cell phone projector indoors or outdoors and enjoy watching a wide entertainment with your family. Start Holiday traditions this Holiday season with your family using this homemade projector. Enjoy gathering together to watch favorite Christmas movies with your family with this simple shoe box projector idea.

cell phone projector
Cell Phone Projector, Image via: Instructables

5- Cardboard Box Projector

Learn how to make a diy projector like this one by Steve Spangler Science with a cardboard box and a few other items by following these easy directions. Watching videos on a small cell phone screen is tough and you miss a lot of the smaller details. When you make a

you won’t strain your eye to see the video and you won’t miss the small details either.

Use these free plans and create a DIY phone projector tonight and enjoy watching videos with the family.

Cardboard Box Projector
Cardboard Box Projector, Image via: Steve Spangler Science

6- Upside Down Projector

This DIY projector by DIY Photography solves the problem of backward text when watching a smartphone projection. This is one of our most favorite diy phone projector.  The upside down design of this homemade projector allows you to watch videos and read all the text without any difficulty. The upside down design makes everything you watch right-side up.

Use these detailed instructions for creating your own cell phone projector today.

homemade projector
Upside Down Projector, Image By DIY Photography

7- Home Projector

Most of us would love to have a home theater room and watch movies on a big screen with family and friends in the comfort of your own home. Unfortunately, that kind of home theater costs a lot of money but this kind of home projector is cheap to make.

Follow these instructions for creating a DIY phone projector in this YouTube video then get settled into your favorite chair and enjoy watching a movie on a big screen. An empty wall in a room of your home works perfectly as a large screen to project videos from your cell phone onto.

8- Smartphone Projector

Help prevent the kids from developing eye strain from watching a small phone screen by creating this projector for their Smartphone.

Enlarge your kid’s favorite videos and shows with this projector idea. Easy and cheap to build, this video will show you how to build this DIY phone projector on youtube using just a few common items.

Keep tabs on what your kids are watching on their Smartphones and get in some bonding time with them by watching some of their favorite channels with this DIY projector.

9- Easy Smartphone Projector

Nothing hard or complicated about this DIY project. Get these free plans that will show you how to create the easiest diy Smart phone projector on youtube. Easy, cheap, and quick to build. Gather a few items together for this DIY project and you will be relaxing in front of a big screen projection from your Smartphone in less than 30 minutes.

Unwind at the end of a stressful day by creating a DIY project and watching a good video with the family.

10- Recycle Bin Project

Wondering if there is some way that you can recycle some of the boxes in your recycle bin? How about creating a DIY phone projector with a couple of the boxes?

Gather the kids together and rummage through the recycle bin to find just the right box or boxes and create a DIY projector like this one at The Stem Laboratory for your Smartphone.

Make one for the kid’s room, the family room, and one more for using outdoors. Build a fire in the firepit for roasting marshmallows and watching a video after the sun goes down tonight.

DIY phone projector
Recycle Bin projector, Image via The Stem Laboratory

11- DIY Projector

Simple, fun, and educational DIY project for the whole family. Follow these instructions and learn how to build a DIY projector like this one by Shotkit with a box, magnifying glass, and a few other items.

This homemade projector can be made in just a few minutes and it will provide hours of family fun as you watch videos together.

Record family videos or make videos for your YouTube channel and watch them together projected on the wall or other vertical surface.

DIY Phone projector
DIY Projector, Image via: Shotkit

12- Recycled Shoe Box

This detailed video will show you how to recycle an old shoe box into a new DIY phone projector on youtube. Learn all the building details and also how to focus the cell phone video for best viewing of your favorite videos.

Great project for kids and it will provide hours of family fun after the homemade cell phone projector is built. You will also feel good about finding a new use for an old shoe box.

13- HD Smartphone Projector

Learn how to get a clear HD projected image from your Smartphone with this YouTube video. Image quality and brightness are excellent with this DIY phone projector idea on youtube. The easy to follow video tutorial will show you every step of the building process so you can enjoy watching high quality images projected onto your wall surface.

The LED lighting inside the cardboard box makes a big difference in picture clarity so all projected images come out clear and crisp for easy viewing.

14- DIY Portable Projector

Create a handle on top of the projection box so the device will be easy to take with you to the home of friends and family.

The design of this homemade cell phone projector on Youtube is easy to build and it will make you popular with your friends. Everyone will want you to bring the DIY projector to their house so videos can be watched on a large vertical surface.

The handle on top of the box allows you to take your portable projector everywhere you go for fun and entertainment.

DIY Portable Projector
DIY Portable Projector, Image on Youtube

15- Mini Phone Projector

The size may be mini but this DIY projector is powerful enough to display images on a DIY outdoor movie screen.

This video will show you how to build a small projector on youtube to use with your cell phone for under $5. The projector is lightweight and portable, making it ideal to take along with you on camping trips. The videos can be projected on the side of your camping tents so you won’t miss your favorite shows while roughing it out in the wilderness.

There are many ways to build a DIY outdoor movie screen and it’s easy to find the instructions online so you can build one for your backyard at home. Invite family and friends over and enjoy a movie night in the backyard with this easy and cheap to build mini phone projector and a DIY movie screen.

This mini projector recycles a large shoe box for the exterior. Inside is all the components that will transform your Smartphone into a projector. It’s easy to build and will last a long time for your enjoyment.

This mini projector is customizable so you can work with any size shoe box that you have on hand. The exterior can be decorated so no one will have to know the DIY projector is made from a shoe box. This is a great project to do with children and the whole family can enjoy the finished project.

16- Cinema Projector

If you like to watch movies on motion picture films but can’t afford the projector, build your own with these free YouTube instructions.

A magnifying glass and a flash light are the main things that are required for the DIY projector such as in this youtube video. It’s almost free to build and can be completed in about half an hour. For that small investment of time and money, you will be able to watch all your favorite cinema movies on a big screen for many years.

This will also make a great school project for a science class. It is a basic design with minimal expense and it would be easy for young future scientists and technicians to build in school. The finished projector could be shared among other classes so many students could benefit from this DIY projector. It will be useful at home or school. This cinema projector might even be useful in the workplace if you need to give PowerPoint presentations or use videos to instruct employees.

However you choose to use it, you will find this cinema projector easy and cheap to build. It is great for home, school, or office use. You can build one in less than one hour so you can build it and begin using it right away.

You may want to consider building a DIY outdoor movie screen to go along with a cinema projector. You can build the perfect screen very inexpensively so you can watch your favorite movies outdoors. Set up the lawn chairs and pop the popcorn for a great night of movie watching when you build yourself a DIY projector and outdoor movie screen. You may also like to check out diy bluetooth speakers to enjoy some music without the need to connect it with the cable.

17- Cheap Mobile Projector

Learn how to make a projector at home in this YouTube video for less than $2. This small, DIY phone projector is cheap to make and can be taken along with you anywhere you go.

The next YouTube video you watch can be projected onto a big screen or wall so you can see the details more clearly after you make this projector for your cell phone.

Let the kids help you create this cheap mobile projector so they will become interested in DIY projects and search for them on YouTube.


By just using your cell phone, a shoe box and a magnifying glass you can enjoy the benefit of a large screen. Watch your favourite movies, youtube tutorial and instructional videos with your friends or family members.

Use any of these diy phone projectors we collected for you to make your own projector. If you like the post or have any more ideas please don’t forget to give your feedback in the comment section below.


Researchgate, publication-228868642, pub: January 2010, “Applications of projector phones for social computing”, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228868642_Applications_of_projector_phones_for_social_computing

Edutopia, Technology Integration, by Jim Moulton, pub:July 18, 2006 “The Power of the Big Screen: The Digital Projector Makes Instructional Materials Larger Than Life”, https://www.edutopia.org/power-big-screen

Thejournal, “Multimedia Projectors: A Key Component In The Classroom Of The Future”, https://thejournal.com/articles/2002/06/01/multimedia-projectors-a-key-component-in-the-classroom-of-the-future.aspx

About Farhan Ahsan

My name is Farhan Ahsan,I am web enthusiast, writer and blogger. I always strive to be passionate about my work. I started my work at the beginning of 2007 by engaging myself with detail reading and exchanging information with others. Since then things and times have changed, but one thing remains the same and that is my passion for helping and educating people, building a successful blog and delivering quality content to the readers. I always love to write about gardening, sustainable life, off grid living and homestead farming.

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