Posts Tagged ‘crafts’

Turn an Unwanted Tie into a Camera Strap

Ties are meant to be soft and comfortable around the neck, so they’re a perfect fit for a do-it-yourself camera strap project! Besides an unwanted tie, you’ll need some sewing supposed, some ribbon for the ends, and a couple rings for attaching the strap. Check out the step-by-step tutorial over on Ecouterre.

Recycle a Necktie Into a Camera Strap (via Lifehacker)

Turn Your Unwanted Negatives into Film Candle Holders

If you ever find yourself with some unwanted negatives on your hands, you can upcycle them into creative film candle holders! All you need is a glass candle holder and some way to fix your negatives to it.

Make a Film Candle Holder in 3 Steps [Photojojo]

Now You Can Build Your Own Leica M3 Paper Pinhole Camera

Remember that super realistic Leica M3 paper pinhole camera we featured back in June? You can now print and make your own! Photographer Matt Nicholson has created a 10-page PDF with the printable template and detailed instructions, and is selling it for £1.50 (~$2.5) in his online store.

The Lie-ca M3 Pinhole Camera (via Photoxels)

Make a Giant Holga Camera Piñata

The next time you’re planning a birthday party for someone who loves photography, try making a giant camera piñata using cardboard and paper-mache. You can fill it with candy and treats, or take your photo-geekness to the next level by filling it with photography-related gifts and accessories.
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Working Leica M3 Paper Pinhole Camera

Photographer Matthew Nicholson created this paper Leica M3 that’s a working pinhole camera. It’s loaded with 35mm film, and even the strap is realistic and made with paper!
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Turn Photos into Personalized Envelopes

Mother’s Day is in just a couple of days, and if you’re planning on writing a letter for your mom, you can add an extra personalized touch by delivering it in an envelope made from your photographs (magazine pages work too). Tricia over at {every}nothing wonderful has a detailed tutorial teaching how to make them.


Image credits: Photographs by Tricia and used with permission

Turn Your Photos into Cute Polaroid Magnets for Your Fridge

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you haven’t gotten anything for your mom yet we think these tiny Polaroid magnets would make an awesome gift. Simply download the template, add your photos, print them out, glue them to chipboard, and attach a magnet to the back. Graphic designer Jennifer Kirk has a writeup and tutorial over on her blog Ambrosia Girl.

Tiny Polaroid Magnets (via KEH Blog)

Transform Your Old Flatbed Scanner into a Cheap Lightbox

If you have an old or broken flatbed scanner lying around and gathering dust, a neat thing you can do is convert it into a cheap, do-it-yourself lightbox for viewing negatives and slides. Photo-enthusiast James Wilson did this as a weekend project:

It was a simple process; gut the scanner, hook up a light fixture inside it, and paint the inside of the glass white. Total cost was around ten bucks for the light fixture, wiring, and paint. [#]

You can read Wilson’s writeup here. There are also some additional photos over on Flickr.

This was one of my weekend projects (via Lifehacker)

Create an Artsy Lamp Using Unwanted 35mm Negatives

Claire Chauvin over at Poopscape has a fun project for those of you who have useless 35mm negatives that are lying around and waiting to be tossed. All you need is a cheap and simple lamp (Chauvin used a $7 Ikea Grönö lamp) and some glue (e.g. Mod Podge). Carefully glue the strips onto the lamp and you’ll have yourself a unique, personalized lamp that’ll liven up any room in your house!

Grönö Lamp Hack (via Lifehacker)

Show Old Camera Straps Some Love by Reusing Them On Shoulder Bags

Have an unloved camera strap lying around? You can repurpose it as a strap for a shoulder bag! This could be a good upgrade for a bag that doesn’t fit very nicely over your shoulder, or could be a fun gift idea for your photography-lovin’ girlfriend or wife. You can find a tutorial on how to do this over on Photojojo.