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[DIY Homemade Toys] How To Make A Projector For Kids | Easy Tutorial

Annie Doyle Avatar Annie Doyle


  • Cardboard roll
  • Cling film
  • Scotch tape
  • Double-sided tape
  • Coloured cardboard
  • Scissor
  • Knife
  • Flashlight
  • Ruler
  • Pen or pencil


If you want to make toys for your kids with recycled materials but don't know where to start, here's an idea for you. Using a cardboard roll, paper, and a flashlight you can make a projector for kids. They are perfect to use for storytelling, so you can have many different projectors and use them to illustrate the story. With this homemade kids projector, you can exercise your kids' imagination, asking them to use these props to tell their own stories. Plus, by making toys with recycled materials you'll also teach them a great lesson about sustainability and the fact that there's no need to spend a lot of money on toys to have fun. Involve your kids in this fun activity and encourage them to create their own toys.

15 minutesDifficultyEasy

Step 1: Cut the cardboard roll

If you're using a toilet paper roll there's no need to cut it, but I recommend using a cardboard roll from a foil or cling film. These cardboard rolls are harder and you won't need to strengthen the structure. Cut it to have a 10 cm long cardboard roll. I've used a knife to cut it.

Step 2: Attach the cling film

On one side of the homemade projector, cover the hole with cling film and attach it to the cardboard roll with scotch tape. The cling film should be completely stretched over the opening. To give a better-finished look wrap the cardboard roll with coloured cardboard. You can even add some details with different coloured paper.

Step 3: Mark the size of the hole

Place the projector over a cardboard paper and outline the circumference.

Step 4: Draw and cut the projection shape

Inside the circle, you've drawn before, draw the shape you want to project. It doesn't have to look perfect since once you're projecting its shadow it will lose some details. You can make anything you want, animals, monsters, fairies, flowers, etc... I've decided to make a dinosaur. After drawing, cut the elements for the projection.

Step 5: Glue the paper on the kids' projector

Using a small piece of double-sided tape, attach the drawing to the cling film, trying to put it as close to the center as possible.

Step 6: Making toys

To use the kids' light projector, put a flashlight inside the cardboard roll, and project the images on the wall. Your kids will love it!

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