How to Make Light & Shadow Play Screen

Here is a simple, sturdy and portable screen for shadow and light play activities. You will need access to a 3D printer or a service to create some of the parts.

How to Make Light & Shadow Play Screen
27 Steps
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Here is what the materials look like. Please, refer to the supplies list.

Here is what the materials look like. Please, refer to the supplies list.

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Cut your PVC tube into two different sizes: one 30-inch long and two 25-inch long PVC pipes.

Cut your PVC tube into two different sizes: one 30-inch long and two 25-inch long PVC pipes.

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Glue the 90 degree joint to the 30-inch PVC pipe. Please follow the instructions on the PVC glue container for the steps on how to glue PVC.

Glue the 90 degree joint to the 30-inch PVC pipe. Please follow the instructions on the PVC glue container for the steps on how to glue PVC.

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Now, finish the other end with another 90 degree joint. Make sure that they lay and point in the same direction.

Now, finish the other end with another 90 degree joint. Make sure that they lay and point in the same direction.

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Here is what it should looks like with them all glued together.

Here is what it should looks like with them all glued together.

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3D print six of the clamps. Here is the link for the 3D printing file, https://goo.gl/xDP7r9. We use PLA plastic for printing.

3D print six of the clamps. Here is the link for the 3D printing file, goo.gl/xDP7r9. We use PLA plastic for printing.

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We will also need the two 25-inch long PVC tubes and the screen for this next step. Here is where we got our screen, ___________

We will also need the two 25-inch long PVC tubes and the screen for this next step. Here is where we got our screen, ___________

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Slide three 3D-printed clamps on the 25-inch long PVC tube. Make sure they face the same direction.

Slide three 3D-printed clamps on the 25-inch long PVC tube. Make sure they face the same direction.

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Space them out evenly. Start from the bottom end of the PVC, they should be about 8 and 1/8 inches from each other. It helps to mark their location on the PVC with a pencil.

Space them out evenly. Start from the bottom end of the PVC, they should be about 8 and 1/8 inches from each other. It helps to mark their location on the PVC with a pencil.

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At the top end of the PVC, there should be about an inch left. Leave this space uncovered.

At the top end of the PVC, there should be about an inch left. Leave this space uncovered.

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It should look like the picture above. Now make another one, and mirror the build of the first one you just made.

It should look like the picture above. Now make another one, and mirror the build of the first one you just made.

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Slide the plastic sheet into the three clamps.

Slide the plastic sheet into the three clamps.

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Use a pencil to mark holes on plastic screen where the holes on the 3D-printed clamps are. Make sure the clamps are still evenly spaced from each other and stay where the mark is on the PVC.

Use a pencil to mark holes on plastic screen where the holes on the 3D-printed clamps are. Make sure the clamps are still evenly spaced from each other and stay where the mark is on the PVC.

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Use the hole-puncher to punch holes where the marks from the previous step are.

Use the hole-puncher to punch holes where the marks from the previous step are.

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There should be two holes close to each other and six holes in total for one side.

There should be two holes close to each other and six holes in total for one side.

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Slide the plastic sheet back to the 3D-printed clamp. Line up the holes on the 3D-printed clamp to the holes on the plastic sheet.

Slide the plastic sheet back to the 3D-printed clamp. Line up the holes on the 3D-printed clamp to the holes on the plastic sheet.

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Put a washer on a screw and push the screw through the 3D printed clamp and plastic screen.

Put a washer on a screw and push the screw through the 3D printed clamp and plastic screen.

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 Finish it off with another washer and a wingnut.

Finish it off with another washer and a wingnut.

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Repeat the previous steps to secure the plastic screen to the rest of the clamps.

Repeat the previous steps to secure the plastic screen to the rest of the clamps.

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Now that you are done with one side, repeat the previous steps for the other side.

Now that you are done with one side, repeat the previous steps for the other side.

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Stand the screen up right then connect the 30-inch PVC tube with the 90 degree elbow joint to each side of the screen's PVC tubes. DO NOT glue these two joints (you want to be able to take it apart).

Stand the screen up right then connect the 30-inch PVC tube with the 90 degree elbow joint to each side of the screen's PVC tubes. DO NOT glue these two joints (you want to be able to take it apart).

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The screen should now be able to stand on it's own.

The screen should now be able to stand on it's own.

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Here is the front view of the screen.

Here is the front view of the screen.

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A top view of the screen. Materials can be hung from the top tube for flying or floating shadows.

A top view of the screen. Materials can be hung from the top tube for flying or floating shadows.

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To put the screen away, just take off the long tube on top and roll the screen up. Use large rubber bands or rope to hold them together.

To put the screen away, just take off the long tube on top and roll the screen up. Use large rubber bands or rope to hold them together.

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Here is the screen in action.

Here is the screen in action.

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This is what it looks like from the viewer's side. Here is a link to make your own Shadow Puppets, https://goo.gl/WCnF6t. Have fun and let us know what you think!

This is what it looks like from the viewer's side. Here is a link to make your own Shadow Puppets, goo.gl/WCnF6t. Have fun and let us know what you think!

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