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DIY Diaries: Camera Couture

by gigi danielle on May 22, 2012

in Made By Me / DIY

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I’ve been wanting a strap to accessorize my camera for a couple of years now. We’re talking before I even had a camera. A post by Susie Bubble only propelled this obsession. Her chic chain strap totally separates her camera from the crowd.

The only thing I didn’t love about the strap was the price. I am becoming…dare I say it…cheap. If it’s not a shoe or a handbag I find myself saying, “That costs too much, I can make that myself.” Cheap, crafty, resourceful, which ever label you prefer, I am glad that I avoided the impulse to buy a $100 camera strap and opted to create my own for $4.

I just so happened to have a clutch with a detachable chain strap that I wanted to use. But chain material can be found in any store that sells jewelry making supplies. You will also need a yard of nylon tape which you can find in an assortment of colors.

I created a loop in the nylon tape by folding back one edge and sewing a couple of seams to secure it.

I gave my black strap adjusters a quick coat of gold nail polish.

And now I’m in love.

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Kells May 22, 2012 at 10:01 AM

*gasps* Love! I’ve hated the straps on my camera since we first got it, but hadn’t really thought of an alternative. I love the idea of the chains…technically it’s the hubby’s camera but I should do my own to use when I’m the one lugging it around, which is usually the case. Maybe I can convince a friend (*wink*) to do it for me.

gigi danielle May 22, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Yeah the kit strap is so blah. I’ll see what I can do to help you out. It was really a 10 minute project. I’m surprised it turned out so well.

LNW May 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM

The engineer in me is dying to know how you went about ensuring that the straps were secure enough to hold the weight of your camera. Don’t laugh. Geeks R’ Us.

gigi danielle May 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I tried to find some tape with thickness similar to that of the strap included in the kit. Then I utilized the very scientific method of “guess and check”. lol. I hung the camera upside down a few times to test.

Charley Helfet May 23, 2012 at 4:53 AM

Nice work! My coworker says she wants to make one in pink!

gigi danielle May 24, 2012 at 3:40 PM

send me a link when it’s done!

Oby@Fashion.Art.Crafts-Etcetera May 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Love this. Such a great DYI way to personalize your camera!

gigi danielle May 24, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Thanks so much!

Helene May 24, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Great DIY! When I finally buy a dslr, this is something I will definitely do. First time here and I’m finding a lot of interesting stuff. Are you based out of NYC or Philly, Gigi? I see it says both. I’d live to invite you to a bloggers group that my friend started in NYC.


gigi danielle May 24, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Thanks for stopping by! I actually go back and forth between Philly and NYC so I would love to join your friends group. Keep me posted.

Manvi Gandotra May 25, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Got to your blog through IFB and I am glad about it :) I loved the post. I also pinned one cute camera strap today

New post up: Why pinterest is your new best friend

gigi danielle May 25, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Glad you liked. Let’s find each other on Pinterest!

Angie May 27, 2012 at 3:22 PM

this is amazing. need to do this for my camera :) great post


gigi danielle May 28, 2012 at 3:11 PM

I’m thinking I’ll make a few extra to sell.

DeltaCIA May 27, 2012 at 10:11 PM

I can’t wait to do this DIY! It’s so creative and adds a personal touch to your camera.

gigi danielle May 28, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Yes! everyone loves it. let me know how yours turns out. May 28, 2012 at 3:46 PM

This is so fabulous. Can you make me one? I am too lazy for DIY’s, lol


gigi danielle May 30, 2012 at 8:20 AM

On the hunt for materials now. lol.

kristi at prêt-à-porter palm beach May 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

too cute! love this. now all i need is a sweet camera like this…

gigi danielle June 4, 2012 at 10:21 PM

This would be cute even on a point and shoot. Give it a try.

DressCode:HighFashion May 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Great post!

Best, Jenny

gigi danielle June 4, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Thanks Jenny!

Lauren@Styleseer June 1, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Ha! This has definitely made me feel bad about my standard issue Nikon camera strap. Have to upgrade to something more chic immediately!

gigi danielle June 4, 2012 at 10:22 PM

LOL. I’m working on a few more renditions of the strap.

Miss Rockwell June 1, 2012 at 3:19 PM

This is pretty freaking awesome! I can’t believe they cost so much-just for a little strip of fabric that they probably purchased for all of $5 wholesale!

And you look great by the way!

gigi danielle June 4, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Yes, you are absolutely right. The raw materials can not be that expensive. But I almost fell for it…

Zovuyo Mputa June 4, 2012 at 2:40 PM

GREAT idea :)

gigi danielle June 4, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Thank you!

Morganvsmorgan June 4, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Thats awesome, I love it! Your camera looks so much better now.

gigi danielle June 4, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Yes, it looks like a “girl” camera.

Stacey June 6, 2012 at 5:02 AM

This is such a cute idea! It’s really cool to see all the interesting camera strap DIY’s that are going around at the moment. My main problem is going to be deciding which one to try first! Definitely book-marking this one for later. :)

Samantha June 7, 2012 at 9:31 PM

this is a pretty damn awesome idea! I forsee a very soon! AMazing how a camera is now a fashion accessory due to the rise of street style bloggers the world around.

Shelly June 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

SO creative!!! Now I’m inspired to let go of my CANON labeled strap!

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