Top 5 DIY Camera Straps

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As avid DIYers, we understand the value of a great camera – but we’re not so keen on the boring straps that come with most DSLRs. Fortunately there are plenty of tutorials for adorable DIY camera straps, so we picked out a few of our favorites to inspire us. Which one do you like the best?

1. DIY Painted Camera Strap by Design Love Fest

2. DIY Chain Camera Strap by A Pair & A Spare

3. DIY Toy Camera Strap by Pocketful of Pretty

4. DIY Adjustable Vintage-Looking Camera Strap by Sketch 42

5. DIY Studded Leather Camera Strap by Syl and Sam

DIY Camera Strap by Thanks, I Made It

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We teamed up with Erin of Thanks, I Made It for another original DIY. Keep reading to see the tutorial for Erin’s adorable camera strap!

I recently purchased a great new camera that, while compact, deserves a great camera strap to match. I was inspired by one of M&J’s original DIYs, the studded neon leather bracelet, and adapted it for a camera strap. In my favorite color, the strap has come in handy so many times since I made it– it’s perfect for carrying around my new baby.
 
Tools and Materials:
40 inches of faux-leather braided strap (comes in loads of bright colors!)
Fold over the prongs of two sides of the stud.
Press the remaining prongs through the braided strap, about 2 inches away from the end of the strap.
Fold over the prongs to attach to the strap.
Slid braid through metal clip, and add glue.

 

 

Fold braid over itself, press firmly for 30 seconds, and then hold in place with a paper clip or binder clip until the glue dries (overnight for the strongest hold).

 

 

(A quick DIY trick– I added large jump rings to my camera to the original carrying strap bracket, which was too small to clip anything to it)

Check out Thanks, I Made It for more original DIYs!

DIY Beaded Camera Strap

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We got such a great response to our list of the Top 5 DIY Camera Straps that we figured it was about time we made our own! We opted for a beaded trim in a Native American print, and performed our DIY magic to make it completely sturdy and usable. Follow the directions below to jazz up your own camera.

Supplies: 3 1/2 ft beaded trim, 4 ft twill tape, 2 D-rings, 2 metal claspsE6000 glue

1. Glue the beaded trim directly in the center of the black trim. The trim is long, so you may have to glue it piece by piece. Let dry.

2. Slightly pull open the sides of the D-ring and slide the clasp onto the D-ring so they are connected.

3. Slide the D-ring onto the end of the black trim, leaving an inch or two on the end. Making sure the black trim is flipped over, (with the beaded trim on the bottom) apply some glue to the end of the trim and press it down over the D-ring. Hold in place until it dries.

4. Repeat step 2 and 3 for the other side of the strap. Hook the clasps onto your camera and you’re all set!