The total solar eclipse is coming, and it may be too late to order a pair of those special glasses in time, so here's how you can make a simple solar projector out of a few household items.

This method is simple and easy, takes just a few minutes and chances are, you have everything you need in your house already.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Empty cereal box
  • Plain blank sheet of white paper
  • Tape
  • Aluminum foil
  • Scissors
  • A pin or pen to make the projection hole

What to do:

  • Cut a piece of the paper the size of the bottom of the box and place it in the bottom.
  • Cut two holes about and inch and a half out of the top of the box
  • Cover one of those holes with foil
  • Tape the foil down so no light enters the box through that hole
  • Put a pinhole in the center of the foil
  • Safely watch the moon pass in front of the sun

In the video above, I'll walk you through each step just so you can see it done before you try it at home.

A final tip - the deeper the box you use is, the larger the projection will be, but you'll be able to see a good sized projection of the eclipse using a cereal box.


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