Dirt Cheap Home Theater




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Have you ever wanted to watch a video on your phone but couldn't because holding it makes your arm tired? Well, make this cardboard home theater! It doesn't cost much to make at all, and you can lay down and watch your favorite GreatScott videos!

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Step 1: The Box

Get a box at least 12 by 12 by 12 inches.

Or, if you don't feel like measuring, get a box you can do this with:

Step 2: Other Tools

Pretty straightforward. You need a sharpie, a razor, duck tape, and scissors

Step 3: Cut Flaps Off of Box

Pick a side and cut the flaps off of the cardboard box. This is so that you can put your head in and watch.

The box doesn't have to be perfectly cut, but it should be so that you can watch without any light coming in from the bottom

Step 4: Measure Out Your Phone

I have an iPhone 6, and the screen is about 4.2 by 2.4 inches (give or take). However, if you don't use an iPhone 6, measure your screen with a ruler and mark it on the box. Then, cut the hole using the box razor. Do this carefully, as you'd want the hole to exactly fit the size of your screen

Step 5: Measure Out Your Neck

Ok, the steps are kinda weird but they work

1) use your hand and grab your neck to measure out the length and width of your neck.

2) After measuring length and width, mark them on the box horizontally and vertically (look at pics)

3) make an oval with the measurements on your hand using the sharpie

4) cut out the oval thing and test it on your neck. I had to adjust the length of the oval because of my darn adams apple

5) use duck tape to prevent any cardboard chafing

Step 6: The Annoying Inner Flaps

Use duck tape to keep these little buggers out of the way

Step 7: I Had To...

Gotta keep the projects in the MLP theme guys. Can't be inconsistent with the title of my instructables :)

Step 8: Enjoy Ur Box

Congrats! you went from having a box to having a box with an elliptical and rectangular hole cut in it! Use it to watch videos all day long and pretend your mom isn't hovering above you wondering why you didn't take out the the trash!

Kudos to keets for mentioning this: you may need to poke some air holes with your razor blade if you have trouble breathing. I don't have a problem, but I'm not everyone. Thanks keets :)

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    2 years ago

    I think I will vote for you this is genius but so simple

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    2 years ago

    The only issue with this is that this was not your original idea. I made instructions on this website for this identical project about a year ago. Seriously not cool cool not to mention illegal in some circumstances... just compare the titles! If it truly was a mistake I understand, but either way, take it down. Here is the link for proof: https://www.instructables.com/id/1-Personal-Theater/


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    Reply 2 years ago

    Or he could mention a source that he got the idea from if it wasn't his original idea. The problem with the internet is very rarely does some think of something original any more. :( I have great ideas, but then go online and they've already been done! Lol. I think it may be the same in this circumstance. He thought of this idea on his own, posted it, and it just happens to already be done. Se la vie. I don't think he copied yours, for example, and then maliciously put it up. :) Many blessings to you both.


    Reply 2 years ago

    Holy crap, just hang on for one second people. I get the idea that it wasn't hard to come up with. The thing that really irked me was the title. I named mine $1 Personal Theater. He named his Dirt Cheap Theater. That is what lead me to believe that he had copied. Sorry for causing this much of a deal. Jeez.
    BTW, this is the most comments I've ever got on anything

    you got a lot of comments on this because you were saying i plagerized you. There are only so many ways to say "inexpensive home theater". Itd be like kanye suing a compass company for using "west".

    All the same, why dont we help each other out by liking and following each other? Im down for making a friend

    Alright, I can see ur point. The really funny thing about this is that when I made it, it didn't get featured. XD I am all for your solution. Sorry about this whole misunderstanding. Will the whole community chill now?

    I'm cool with it XD. Tbh I'm glad we have a community that dislikes plagiarism.

    Oh, a good way to get featured is to make instructables and enter them into contests immediately. I made this for the cardboard contest, and it got featured because everyone checks out the contests to vote and whatnot. However, I could enter this into a future contest such as a arts and crafts contest too.

    Good tip. Thanks a lot, really. I am also pleased to find that people hate on plagiarism this much. Sorry about the whole thing

    Like someone else said, two people can come up with the same idea without getting the idea from the other one. He/she came up with the same idea as you, so good for them. (no offence, but this one is better put together than yours)

    sorry if it looks like I plagiarized you, but think of it this way:

    There are seven billion people in the world. A cardboard box with two holes isn't that hard to come up with. People think independently, and come up with stuff independently.

    However, if we're really going to play the plagerism card, I saw your instructable was made in 2016. I could easily say you plagerized off of any one of these sources:





    2 years ago

    Great minds think alike. I just favorited you both. That's settled. Moving on.