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DIY Wall Projector

DIY Wall Projector

I’ve had these inspiration pictures in my files forever and have always wanted to do a hand painted tree on Grace’s wall….

DIY Wall Projector
DIY Wall Projector
Problem is, there was no way I could hand draw a tree on a wall.  I needed an overhead projector to trace the image outline on the wall, and then I could free-hand paint it in.  Where on earth do I get an overhead projector?  I could buy one, but they are $300+.  No thanks.  I had some generous offers from some friends and family to borrow one from their office, but if you know me in the slightest, I want it NOW.  Can’t wait until tomorrow, so I’ll have to make-shift one.
Turns out, I’m a genius and my make shift overhead projector, is now an awesome DIY that I want to share with everyone.
Step 1: Find an image you like, and print it out.  Here’s mine!
DIY Wall Projector
Step 2:  Trace the image on a translucent sheet, using a black permanent marker.  I used a sharpie I had laying around.  For the paper you can use a plastic page protector (from the dollar store), or anything translucent you can think of.  I used a laminator page.  I just ran it through my laminator to make it clear.
Step 3:  Tape your page to a box that is open on either end and a suitable size for your page.
DIY Wall Projector
Step 4: Bust out your iPhone and download the flashlight app!!!  It just happens to be the perfect amount of light.  I tried a lamp without the lampshade, and it was too much.  The light needs to be tiny and bright.  I suppose a keychain type flashlight will work too, but let’s face it, we all have these stupid phones.
DIY Wall Projector
Step 5: Set up your make-shift projector on a table, and project your image on the wall.  I had to prop my iPhone up with something – James’s toy car was within reach.  Fiddle around with everything until you get your image just right on the wall.  (Don’t forget to turn out the lights)
DIY Wall Projector
DIY Wall Projector
DIY Wall Projector
Step 6:  Trace your image with a piece of chalk.  It rubs off easy once complete.
Step 7: Paint!!!  I used acrylic craft paint and it took me about 4 coats to get it nice and thick.
DIY Wall Projector
DIY Wall Projector
See how smart I am???