Time for the Doll Drive-In Movie to begin! Today I will share with you the projector I used for the doll drive-in movie. Yes, we had a real movie! My daughters and I had so much fun with this series! You can find more information on the Doll Drive-In movie marquee sign, movie screen, and concession stand here: http://brandyshappyhome.com/diy-doll-drive-in-movie-marquee-screen-concessions/ . You can find out how the make the DIY Doll Drive-In Speakers here: http://brandyshappyhome.com/diy-doll-drive-in-theater-speakers/ .
American Girl Doll’s release of their character, Z Yang, who is an imaginative filmmaker, was the inspiration on this purchase of the projector. My daughters have enjoyed using my phone or their iPads and created the cutest skits. We then have movie time and watch their creations. I have to admit I am enamored by their imagination and creativity. I look forward to what the next few summer months bring!
I initially tried to make a DIY projector from a shoebox and magnifying lens. Well, that was a big FLOP! The image was too distorted. I found a perfect little projector on Amazon for $41. Now, does this projector have all the bells and whistles?…No…but it works great for kids. You can find this projector here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EOXLC5K/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1.
When I review items I am completely honest. I did find the information provided on Amazon on this projector to be a bit distorted. I assumed that since it had a USB port that a phone could be hooked up to it; the USB port if for a flash drive only. Hmmm…my thoughts on this was “too much time” transferring my daughters skits from the iPad to a flash drive. You can hook up your phone to the projector’s HDMI port, but….you need a HDMI male to male cable. Fortunately, I already had one of these cables which you can purchase here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014I8SIJY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 . You will also need a lightning digital AV adapter, which I also had. You can find these adapters here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009WHV3BM/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ; this particular one is Apple brand. There are off brands that work just as well.
Another thing I found confusing on this projector is that it has a “battery switch.” I assumed on the purchase that it was rechargeable. This particular model is not rechargeable! This projector does come with a standard AC power cord. It is advertised as great for camping…hmm… I’ve never camped with electricity. Ugh… fortunately there is a go around. You can use an external power bank with the projectors 5V port. And thank goodness I already had a power bank….we wanted to be outside! The model I love is here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M5LKV4T/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I have several camera stands. This projector can be attached to a standard stand….or just used stacked books to get desired height. The stand pictured above is here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01I6QXWPE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1
Overall, we love this projector. I got really lucky that I already had the needed cords so we could use an iPad and the power bank to could go outside. If purchasing again I would consider upgrading to get the built in battery model which you can purchase here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KKJWY6S/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1 .
By the time you add the price of the projector with the needed cords Part 3 of this project might be getting pricey. Please keep in mind you only need the extra cords if you are desiring to use a phone or iPad. Plus, there are cheaper cords available other than the ones I already owned. You would only need a power bank if actually taking the projector outdoors. You can also consider getting a projector with a built in battery. Considering all the expensive items I have purchased over the years at AG this DIY project was unique enough to be doable….and also reusable for other activities. You could consider using an iPad or television for your screen.
**Upon contacting the company with regards to cords and battery it seems they have updated their descriptions on Amazon. 🙂
This series of projects was a huge hit with my daughters and so worth the creativity and money put into it! Enjoy! Grab your popcorn the movie is about to begin! Even our dolls love seeing baby Moana on the big screen! 🙂