Project your drawings or photographs onto walls with this simple tube projector.

Resource by Lynn Weddle.

Step 1: You will need...

  • Permanent markers
  • Acetate sheets
  • Cardboard tube
  • Clear tape
  • Torch (or Smartphone torch)

Step 2: Draw circles

Draw around your cardboard tube to make a series of circles on your acetate.

Step 3: Create a series of pen drawings

Make drawings inside each circle using the permanent markers.

Step 4: Cut out

Cut out all of your circle drawings.

Step 5: Attach your image to the tube

Select one image and attach it to one end of the cardboard tube using clear tape.

Step 6: Project your image

In a dark space, shine a torch, or your phone’s torchlight through the cardboard tube and watch your drawings appear on a nearby wall or flat surface.

Step 7: Experiment!

Swap out your drawings. Which is your favourite? What works best? What happens if you print a photograph onto acetate and use that?

Step 8: Photograph it!

Photograph your projected images one by one to create a series of photographs.

Step 9: Review

Review and celebrate your images.


Share your photos with us! Send us your photos by email or DM us on instagram @photoworks_uk and add the hashtag #projectiontube

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