This is a fun easy project that anyone can make in about 15-20 minutes. The whole project only cost me a dollar and works good enough that I can enjoy an entire movie on it. The way it works is the light from your phone or iPod goes through the magnifying glass and magnifies onto the wall. The whole project is very easy to make and easy to understand.

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Step 1: Supplies

You will need a few household items to make your projector. Any supplies that you don’t have you can buy for very cheap. I completed the entire project for a dollar and the cheapest iPod/iPhone projector I could find online cost $90. For this project you will need:
•A shoe box
•A knife
•Duct tape
•A magnifying glass (this was the only thing I had to buy and it only cost a
•A marker
•Hot glue gun
Mine was insanely blurry and you couldn't tell at all what was projecting onto the wall. Any way to fix this??
<p>My first guess would be move the iPhone/iPod. It has to be the right distance from the magnifying lens to show up clearly. Just like focusing a camera/movie projector. (I know this was a few months ago, but just in case you still need to know, or someone else does.) </p>
Put a peice of black paper at the bottom of the box
<p>i want to make it so bad. to bad right now my ipod is broken. it was out in the snow/mud/water for 1 week anybody know how to fix it?</p>
Put it in rice
<p>are u serious??</p>
<p>I know this was awhile ago but yes, Annanah was serious. Rice can be used in the same way as silica to draw moisture out of things. It is good for drying out small electronic devices. It might not fix it in a case like this where it's more than a little damp, but it's a good first step. </p>
<p>a glasses lense would work, right?</p>
This did not work for me at all. What gives? I was told a cheap magnifying glass would work fine and i got this from a convenience store and it still wont work. All holes are light-tight with duct tape, box is black inside, room is dark....still no luck. I get a cloud of light and nothing else. How am i expected to focus that? Advice anyone?
<p>i also have same problem bro nothing i can see do you have any suggestion</p>
<p>I have the same problem. No picture at all.</p>
The words are backwards ... Anyone know how to fix this?
For words to project property, you would aim the device away from the target screen and toward the back wall of the shoebox. At the back wall you need a mirror. I don't know if you magnify before or after the reflection, but I think it's before
Ok mine was good<br>atleast big but not clear and colourful even after using my laptop screen<br>magnifying lens are just not good. i have heard people using water as magnifying glass. Im gonna try those
<p> i want the mm of magnifying glass please it is urgent</p>
I don't have a magnifying glass. What can I use instead?
<p>You need the glass. I don't think it would work otherwise. Maybe a lens from real glasses, but that's far more expensive. </p>
<p>It works great! Thanks so much. Many fun days ahead...</p>
<p>p.s, I used clay instead of legos to make the iPod stand...</p>
<p>That's so cool!</p>
<p>I did it, but it is extremly super blur. Someone said to put black paper but it was still blur. </p>
I love this instructable!!!!
<p>I did everything required, flipped the phone over but the screen becomes flipped horizontaly. Do you know how to fix this? Thanks in advance!</p>
<p>Turn off orientation lock: http://support.apple.com/en-us/TS3805 </p>
<p>Well...Turn your device upside down.</p>
Do I need to cover all my holes in my box?
<p>Hi! Which magnification did you use to have a great render?</p><p>Best regards!</p>
<p>I had buy a very cheap projector, only 39$, I think this is better then DIY , and not so expensive, why not buy? I buy at hqgroupfactory.com, I think it is good</p>
<p>very nice</p>
Hello guys, I'm new here. Just wanted to ask, I just bought a Magnifying glass from a local retailer called Al-Rawnaq. It says something like LUPA 50mm on the package. Will it work? And also will this whole project idea work with the mobile N95 8GB instead of iPhone or iPod? Thanks in advance!
I am not sure about the magnifying glass but its worth a shot. and yes the N95 will work but you will have to make sure it doesnt rotate when you place it upside down in the stand<br>
Hey Matt, I tried it and the picture quality is really dumb. Just some big dark colour blobs appear. I think the glass is not good enough. I also the the rotate error you're talking about (FLIPPED IMAGE).
The if you can focus it right you should be able to see a lot better than blobs. And I still haven't figured out the mirror image problem yet but i am working on it.
Focus? How?
move it around picture quality should get better. im answering questions because im his little brother
Tried again... Nothing's getting any better. I went in a room with no light source at all but the pic quality is not good at all. I can't even recognize any faces. Also, the picture is very dark.
I had the same problem, but i followed the lines that i made using my phone and cut out the back of the shoe box accordingly. The problem is that the shoe box isn't long enough, so you need to cut out the back and move your phone further back.
Hey usman i also got this first don't worry try to make the distance between lens and phone larger!
you never know if it is the magnifying glass wont work
Hi, please answer me too!<br>I also need more better resolution and a little larger image...my phone is note3 and got on output image of 11X19 inches....?
<p>It's a nice method and thanks for the share. I hope it will work perfectly. It seems some people faced problems while making an iPhone projector using this method. I hope they will figure it out as early as possible.</p><p>But buying an iPhone projector is always a good idea as it is a perfect device for watching movies, making presentation, etc. </p>
<p>It works pretty well... If your movie doesn't have subtitles. If your movie has subtitles, you better be able to understand the language without them! It is pretty hard to read in mirror.</p>
<p>Can someone who tried this and got at least a decent picture quality please let me know what strength their magnifying glass was. Thanks</p>
Mine is too much out of focus and I can't seem to fix it anyway- any ideas please?
it comes upside down....:-)
I did a projector similar to this though it comes out just slightly blurry. Is this normal? Any ideas?
and the best thing is: it dioes also work with non-iidiot stuff ;)

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