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12.8.13

8 DIY | Vintage Belt Camera Strap


Hi there, it's Mariah from Everything Golden here to share another DIY project. I have been wanting a strap for my camera but was uninspired by what was out there, so I decided to make my own. I found these cool vintage belts at an antique store and one had the name Jane carved in it, so I thought what a perfect opportunity to name my camera! Here's how you do it...


What you'll need: 1. One or two belts depending on the size. Wrap measuring tape around your shoulder and figure out what a comfortable length is for you. (I ended up using two belts to get the length I wanted but you might find one belt that is long enough. If you do, you can leave the buckle on the shoulder end of the strap and you'll have an adjustable feature.) 2. A leather punch, found at most craft and sewing stores. 3. Scissors and a hammer 4. Strong material that is small enough to fit through the camera strap hooks. 5. Measuring tape 6. Rivets


Instructions: Measure and cut your belt/belts to the appropriate size. In my case I cut the ends of my two belts leaving about 2" overlap. Punch 4 holes into the leather using the leather punch. You want the rivets to be a snug it inside the holes so use the appropriate size punch. I recommend practicing on some scrap leather if you haven't done this before. Then overlap the leather, slip the rivets into the hole and using a hard surface, hammer the rivets to secure the two pieces of leather together. For the connection to the camera, I left part of the strap that was currently there and attached the leather to it's ends. Every camera is different an I'm sure there are many different ways to do this.



8 comments:

Leth.It.Be. said...

I love it! Great idea :)

Yna said...

That's really cool.

AnnSofey Berthelsen said...

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Awesome idea !! I'm going to remeber that !

Amy Walters said...

Wonderful project. I love leather camera straps and have been keeping my eye out for the perfect one. Way to take matters into your own hands and make your own ;)

Kathleen Ballos said...

What an awesome camera strap! I just got a new camera and am hoping to dress it up a bit - I might have to give this a shot!

Emily said...

This is great!!!! I am going to be on the look out for a cool vintage belt now.


Emily
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Kreetta said...

Oh, I like it i LIKE it!!!

Cristina Carrera said...

Smart! And looks great. I hate my camera strap.. and my camera bag. But this would be awesome.