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Create a Hand-Drawn Hologram

Create a Hand-Drawn Hologram | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Create a 3D image with nothing more than a compass and some plastic! With this project, you can make holographic images of floating polyhedra, words, 3D starfields, opaque objects, and more.


The hypothesis is that a hologram can be created by hand with a compass and some plastic.

Method & Materials

You will obtain a small piece of acrylic plastic and a good, non-wobbly set of "dividers" (a compass with two points). You will then draw a simple pattern such as the letter "V" near the lower edge of the plate. You will then use the compass to make overlapping arc-shaped scratches.
You will need a small piece of acrylic plastic, a good, non-wobbly set of "dividers" (a compass with two points), and a marker.


The experiment was successful in creating a hologram with nothing more than a compass and some plastic. The hologram appears to float deep within the plastic and can be viewed in sunlight.

Why do this project?

This science project is unique because it allows you to create a hologram with nothing more than a compass and some plastic.

Also Consider

Experiment variations to consider include creating a hologram with a different pattern, such as a star or a circle, or using a different type of plastic.

Full project details

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