Conveyor Belt Cinema

Use a small-scale conveyor belt to create a cinematic experience! Download the printables here: background image & still image.

  1. Ages: 9 - 16

  2. 30 minutes - 1 hour

  3. A little messy

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather your materials!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Cut the top off of the box.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 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.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

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

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

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

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

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

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 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.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Step 8

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

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

  • Step 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.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 9

  • Step 10

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

    Photo reference of how to complete step 10

  • Step 11

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

    Photo reference of how to complete step 11

  • Step 12

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

    Photo reference of how to complete step 12

  • Done!

    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!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 13

Share what you made & tag us at!

;