Monday, April 22, 2013


Have you ever wanted to take an image from something and make it larger? I have, and tried many times in Illustrator to recreate things, but with no real knowledge I fail miserably every stinking time. So what is a girl to do? After beating my head against the wall for a few minutes..ha just kidding..I said I need a overhead projector, I am just buy one maybe on Craigslist , well no luck not a one  on Craigs, so how about a new one I thought, great idea? That was a great idea, not a reality..booo..I saw how much they cost and that idea went bye bye. Its not like I would be using this thing everyday or anything, I needed it for my tickle my fancy at the time project idea moments.  Ya know those moments of "oh that would be cool" wonder if I can do that moments.

With the projector out of my reach, and my hubby walking into the living room watching me in deep I gotta figure this out concentration mode..believe me it not a pretty site, he knew the look, he asked me what are you trying to do? I replied "oh I am trying to make this image bigger", "I have an idea for a wall treatment". He said "oh that's it, you looked like you were trying to find a cure for something"..referring to my deeply wrinkled up forehead, it happens to me in concentration mode..hehe.  My hubby then says, I used to make these boxes as a kid for shadow puppets this is easy. It magnifies images, I said, what show me! 

This is how you do it, take a regular box, tape up the sides(the flaps that close the top of the box), cut a hole in the front around the same size as the object you want to project, cut one more hole in the back(this is where you will put the light). Super easy right? A box and light, who would have thunk it? (See the other hole in the back)? That's where you put the light bulb in.

So on to copying my image..I used paper protectors and layed it over what I wanted to copy (modern cottage collection clearance jar at target for $5 bucks, score!) taped it down and used a permanent marker and just followed the lines. 

I took it over to the box and taped in the opening like so, then got a lamp took off the shade and put the light bulb in the back opening and wallah!! It totally worked!! 

 I taped a poster board to to the wall and traced my image! Homemade projector, woohoo, thanks babe for your help! I have a huge project I am hoping to tackle and this is the first step. I will keep you guys updated on my progress! Hope you all have a wonderful day!!


  1. That is BRILLIANT! I've been thinking about hand-painting a wall and this would be a fun way to do it!

    1. Thanks Kelly! I have to give all the credit to my hubby on this one, It totally works though, promise!


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