My sisters and I are into photography. We are also VERY artsy! So naturally, the ugly black straps that came with our cameras were just not going to do. For Christmas, I made this strap for my sister Alex (who is travelling in Spain right now, how cool is that?).

Camera Strap

As I was reading through my favorite blogs, I found this diy on one of my fav fav fav favorites, DESIGNLOVEFEST. This strap diy is so easy…. and doesn’t break the bank! The following is all from the original post.

Camera Strap DIY

what you’ll need:
• 2 yds cotton webbing (we used 1 1/2 inch natural cotton)
• masking tape
• acrylic craft paint
• 2 swivel hooks (found in the jewelry or with purse handle section of most craft stores)
• fabric glue
• needle and thread
• metallic leather or vinyl (optional)

Camera Strap DIY- Supplies

Camera Strap DIY- Paint

the steps:
• measure out the desired length of your strap and add 2 inches.
• on a work surface use tape to create a geometric design taking care to make sure tape is fully adhered to the webbing. We used the rounded side of a bone folder to smooth the edges on the tape to be sure our paint lines were crisp.
• now the fun part, apply paint to webbing. Be sure paint is dry before attempting to remove tape. Watching paint dry is a skill that takes practice.

Camera Strap DIY- Glue Sew

• now that your strap is looking amazing, slide the ends through the swivel hook giving yourself about an inch of strapping on the reverse side and glue. Be sure to give the hook a little bit of space to move when gluing.
• because you’re hanging your beloved camera around your neck add a few stitches to the glued area for good measure!

** small side note, if you have a rather heavy DSLR you may want to choose a wider strapping than what you can fit through the hardware of the swivel hook. To accommodate this we used a piece of metallic leather to create an adapter that we then glued and sewed to the end of the painted strap.

Camera DIY- Camera with Strap

now you’re ready to take your made up camera to the streets & show her off!

Camera Strap DIY- Finished

If you end up making your own, let me know! Happy DIYing!

photos & creations by natalie shriver // original post by Bri at DESIGNLOVEFEST

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