How to Make a DIY Phone Projector

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Projectors cost hundreds of dollars, but with four simple items, you can easily create your own DIY projector for much less.

For this tutorial, you will need:

  • Shoe box (or other type of small box)
  • Pen or pencil
  • Scissors (or other cutting method)
  • Magnifying glass
  • Tape or hot glue (tape is easier to work with)
  • A phone

Step 1: Cut Lens Hole


Cut the handle off the magnifying glass. Then trace the magnifying glass onto the end of the box. Once traced, cut out the circle. Close the lid to the box and check if the lid is in the way, if so remove the part that is in the way.

Step 2: Place Magnifying Glass


Using tape or hot glue, place the magnifying glass into place on the inside of the shoe box. Make sure not to hurt the lens in the process.

Step 3: If Needed, Make Phone Stand


Using supplies of your choice, make a phone stand to help line up with the lens.

Step 4: Project

In a dark room, turn your phones brightness to the maximum level and enable rotation lock. Place the phone in upside down, so when the lens mirrors it, it will look normal. Adjust the distance of the phone from the lens to adjust the focus and reduce blur.


  • If you have a jailbroken iPhone, install and configure the tweak “Heads Up Display Mode” for a correctly mirrored image, it will enable you to flip the screen so it isn’t reversed.
  • Enable Do Not Disturb to avoid notifications
  • Keep your phone plugged in (if possible) to keep it from dying
  • Create a playlist of videos so you don’t have to mess with your phone once one is over
  • Make the room as dark as possible, and project onto a white surface

Screenshots from here.