Conveyor Belt Cinema

Conveyor Belt Cinema

Use a small-scale conveyor belt to create a cinematic experience! 

Download the printables: 

Background image

Still image

5 - 8
Est. Time:
<1 hour

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. crate box - or small cardboard box
  2. x-acto knife - optional
  3. toilet paper tubes (2)
  4. dowels (2)
  5. pencil
  6. scissors
  7. hot glue/hot glue gun
  8. pushpin
  9. hole punch - optional
  10. paper
  11. double-sided tape
  12. paperclip
  13. printables
  1. Gather your materials! 

  2. Cut the top off of the box.

  3. Using the pushpin, make two holes on either side of the long sides of the box about 6” apart. Widen the holes with a pair of scissors until the dowel fits loosely into them.

  4. Trace the end of a toilet paper tube onto a piece of heavy weight paper 4 times. Then, cut each circle out. 

  5. Make a hole in the center of each of the circles large enough for the dowel to fit snugly into. 

  6. Hot glue the circles onto the ends of each of the tubes. When dry, gently push one dowel through each tube. 

  7. Hot glue the dowel to the either end of the cardboard tube so that both the dowel and the tube rotate together as one. 

  8. Insert each end of both dowels into the holes opposite each other on the box. 

  9. Wrap the background image printable around the tubes and stick the ends of the paper together with double-sided tape. The paper should be pulled as tight as possible. 

  10. Straighten the paperclip. Stick the still image printable onto the paperclip using double-sided tape.

  11. Poke the paperclip up through the bottom middle of the box. 

  12. Bend the paperclip so that it stays in place where you want it. You may need to hot glue it in place. 

  13. Now you’re ready to watch your movie! Simply turn the dowels in one direction. To watch your movie “backwards,” turn them in the other direction! When you’ve got the hang of it, try making your own background and image!