FLARE out your CAMERA STRAP!

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Dear Diary,

I have a lot of…um…well, let’s just call them “passions.”  Here’s the story of one of them.  In high school, I made a New Year’s resolution with a good friend to take more pictures…and I’ve been doing it for the both of us ever since!  I have over 30,000 pictures in my iPhoto.  I’m sure that my computer is going to crash unexpectedly any day.  (Okay, now I’m paranoid.)

Last year, I finally decided to splurge on a fancy SLR Canon camera (which was on sale and a real steal), and my obsession with photography has turned into a mini-career.  Another side business?!  Weird.  I’m taking pictures of everything from landscapes to friend’s headshots to my favorite: babies!  I secretly want to be the next Anne Geddes.

When it comes to camera accessories, to most people/photographers, a strap is a strap is a strap.  Being a complete obsessive, I need mine to be different (aka gorgeous!).  However, I wasn’t about to pay an arm and a leg for a fun, fancy, new strap – so I made one.

My latest project:

NEED:

*2 Swivel hooks (make sure they fit on your camera)

*1 yard of cotton strap

(depending on where you want your camera to lay)

*Masking tape

*Acrylic paint

*Paint brush

*Needle & Thread

—optional—

*Fabric (to finish off ends)

*Hot glue gun or fabric glue

STEPS:

1. Measure out your camera strap by laying it over your shoulders and deciding where you want your camera to hit on your body. Make sure to add about 2 inches to secure the swivel hooks (later step).
2. I used tape to create clean lines and a fun design, but you can also paint free hand :)

3. Now choose your favorite colors and start to apply the paint to your strap.  Make sure not to remove the tape until the paint is completely dry! (I struggle with this too…)

…After the paint dried, I went back and added smaller tape for detailing…

Paint reverse side…(Optional)

4. Place the strap’s ends through the hooks, (I cut mine down to fit through the hooks) and give yourself about an inch of material to secure with glue. (I also sewed mine to be extra careful. I would hate for anything to happen to my precious camera!)

Reverse side…

—Optional Step—

(Cover the strap ends)

Supplies…

Fold material to the appropriate size and glue it around the ends of the strap.

(I decided to paint mine too…)

Finished!

Now go out and show the world that the photographer can have as much style as the subject!

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    • Suraj says:

      u mean the cost of making it? i use like 9yeards of lace, 1/2yard of farbic, 2yeards of fabric tape, some PU leather, and other small metal parts um i think i need a calculator, lol~~

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