Tuesday, July 19, 2011

toy camera strap diy

I've been using my film cameras a lot more since making my little camera display. I decided I wanted a fancier strap for my mini Diana (it came with a tiny, black, plain plastic one). So...I made one with some supplies I had on hand & a few I purchased. It was simple & only took me about 10 minutes to make, so I made two!! [tutorial below]

Here are the details: 

- needle nose pliers
- clasps (found in jewelry section of craft store)
- copper wire (found in jewelry section of craft store)
- safety pin
- leather cord (also found in jewelry section)

1. cut cord into 3 pieces, attach one end with safety pin to something stable (I used an armchair) & braid until desired length. I made mine 35 inches.
2. slip ends through clasp
3. fold over & wrap excess with copper jewelry wire. I used the pliers to clamp ends down (so I don't get poked) & I trimmed the excess leather
4. TA-DA!!! Now you have a super simple cute camera strap!

I think I like the look of them doubled on the mini Diana! I have some more fun diy's up my sleeve that I will be sharing soon! ♥

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  1. aww I love this idea! its too cute! I reasently found your blog and i have been just enjoying every post! so far ;)

  2. this is such a great idea, I might have to make some before I go away next month :)

  3. This is just what my mini needs! :))

  4. So cute! And love the head wrap and hair. :)

  5. awesome! I'm gonna try this! thanks for sharing :)

  6. AMAZABALLS! thats so cute, thats for the inspiration - i'm off to my local arts and crafts center to have a look for those items :)



  7. So very cute! I need a toy camera, just can't bring myself to add it to my current vintage one that I have yet to use.

  8. Not a huge fan that toy cameras are becoming fashion accessories for hipsters, most of the people I know who own them rarely use them. Good DIY spirit and design though, I may adapt it to create something sturdy enough for my DSLR.

  9. what craft store did you go to? I tried my local one, but they didn't have the right kind of clasp. Any suggestions for bug craft stores in Manhattan???

    1. I found mine at Hobby Lobby, in the jewelry section, but I haven't checked to see if Michael's & JoAnns has them. If you don't have any luck finding them in the stores, you could probably order some online. Good luck! :)

  10. Hi! I love this! I'm ready to copy the idea for my Diana Mini. I've been looking for the small clasps here in Barcelona without success... could you please put a link to buy them online, the same like yours? I'd be very happy ;)

    Thanks a lot and kind regards,



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