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June 17, 2015

3 fantastically creative ways to use 3 fantastic apps

Your Lumia is a Swiss army knife of creative tools, which is why we’ve created a series of short videos to help you explore new possibilities and unleash your inner artist.

We’ll show you what’s possible with your Lumia, some ace apps and a little creative thinking. By the end, you’ll have a projector you can use to watch your favourite Netflix shows, become an expert in the art of origami and be a maestro at creating your own stencils…your day doesn’t get more productive than that!

All you’ll need are three apps, which can be downloaded right now from the Windows Phone store along with some regular household objects and office supplies. Follow our instructions below to work with our ideas or take them even further. And, if you want to spread the creative love, be sure to share these videos with your friends and family. Now, let’s learn something new and get creative!

How to create your own personal projector

App to download: Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading subscription service for watching TV episodes and movies. Get the free Netflix app as a part of your Netflix membership and you can instantly watch thousands of TV episodes & movies.

Tools you need

  • Lumia device
  • Netflix app
  • Shoebox
  • Paint and brush
  • Scissors
  • Paperclip
  • Magnifying glass
  • Black duct tape
  • Felt tip maker/pencil or pen


1.Set up your Lumia device by downloading the Netflix app on the Windows Store
2.Take the bottom half of a shoebox and paint it black for best image quality
3.Take a magnifying glass and trace the outer edge of the magnifying glass onto one of the short sides of the box
4.Cut out the inside of the circle you just traced
5.Line up the magnifying class with the hole and apply black duct tape around the entire edge of your lens (you may need to remove the handle of the magnifying glass). Make sure it’s secure, so that no light leaks through
6.Bend a paperclip to make a stand for your phone in a Z shape
7.Place the paperclip stand inside the box, turn your Lumia device landscape and put it onto the stand
8.Face the box towards a blank wall
9.Turn the lights off and ensure the room is as dark as possible
10.Press play and watch!

To see these instructions work in practice, be sure to check our super helpful video.


How to create Origami

App to download: Origami

Origami provides step by step tutorials on how to create your very own origami masterpiece:

Tools you need

  • Lumia device
  • Origami app
  • White or coloured paper


1. Download the free Origami app on the Windows Store
2. Click on ‘Lessons’ and pick from a number of objects, shapes or animals you’d like to origami
3. Once you’ve selected, begin your step by step tutorial which guides you in crafting your very own origami.

Once again, we’ve put together a cool how-to-video to make this even easier.


How to create a unique stencil work of art

App to download: PicSketch

PicSketch is a must have application that converts your photos into beautiful realistic pencil style drawings.

Tools you need

  • Lumia device
  • PicSketch app
  • Printer
  • Stencil cutting mat
  • Scalpel
  • Spray mount
  • Paint and brush


1. Download the free PicSketch app on the Windows Store (note, a paid version is available too)
2. Select the ‘camera’ function in the app and take a picture that you’d like created into a sketch. Alternatively, you can select ‘library’and choose a picture from your library.
3. Select the image you want and it’s automatically turned into a sketch
4. Print the picture out in black and white
5. Carefully cut the stencil out with a scalpel by removing the black shaded areas of the picture
6. Stick the stencil onto a surface in which you want it painted (this could be a blank canvas, book, vinyl cover etc.)
7. Paint over stencil
8. Peel it back to reveal the finished product

If you need any more help, sit back and enjoy our video.


Hopefully you’ve had as much fun as us making and creating. Needless to say, we’d love to see your results or hear how you fared. And if you’ve got any other ways of getting creative with apps, please let us know about them in the comments below.