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DIY | Style Your Instax: Patent Leather Camera Strap

Hey guys! Today I want to show you how you can style your Instax camera with a stylish patent leather camera strap. I’ve had my retro Instax polaroid camera for some time now, and although the photos are quite expensive, it’s just so much fun! Because in my opinion, pictures are so much more worth printed out, you just look at them more often. By the way, do you remember my embroidered vacation photos? I think I said the same back then. Those pictures still hang in my kitchen, and every morning I can dream myself back to that vacation.

However, a camera always comes with such a boring black camera strap, which has just no personality at all. Plus I have read somewhere that you’re not a real photographer when you don’t have a personalised camera strap. Well, I don’t call myself a real photographer, but I do make a lot of pictures for the blog. So it was definitely time for this!

The Tutorial

You need:

  • Recycled leather cord in a colour of your choice (around 1,70 m)
  • 8 golden hollow rivets
  • 4 golden D-rings
  • 2 mobile phone straps with clasp
  • 2 large jump rings
  • Punch pliers
  • Super glue

Let’s start at the beginning: Measure two pieces of leather which are each 23 cm long, and two pieces which are each 60 cm long. Next, take one of the shorter pieces and punch a hole in its end. First, insert one part of the rivet to see if it fits. Then, wrap the end of the strap around a D-ring to see where the other hole should go. Punch a hole in there as well.

Keep the strap wrapped around the D-ring, then insert the inner piece of the rivet. Then apply some super glue to its end and top it with the actual rivet. Repeat this with the other side of the piece, but this time, take the round part of the D-ring. Afterwards repeat the whole process with the other short piece of patent leather strap.

You now have prepared the short pieces, now go for the long ones. Again, punch a hole in the end of the leather strap. Now, wrap it around the D-strap of one of the short leather straps from before (the straight part of the D). Repeat the process from before with the rivet and the glue. Then, take the second long strap and do it again, so you have a kind of three strap junction on one D-ring.

In a next step, take the other ends of the long patent leather straps and attach them to the other short part the same way as before. Your camera strap is now almost ready!

Now attach a large jump ring to each D-ring of the short leather pieces. Use the mobile phone straps as connection to your Instax and use the jewellery clasps as connection to the jump rings and the camera strap. That’s it!

First of all, I am a bit proud of that piece. I think the combination of pink patent leather and golden rivets looks so stylish and expensive! You might almost think that I have bought this thing somewhere. Although I wish my Instax was black now, so it would fit even better to the pink camera strap, I think I will look super stylish every time I use it! But, what do you think? I still have some of the patent leather strap left, maybe I’ll do a camera strap for the wrist next week!


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    Ama Poku
    28th March 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Such a cute idea!
    xx Ama


    • Michelle
      28th March 2018 at 8:34 pm

      Thank you very much!

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    Lisa Autumn
    1st April 2018 at 11:25 am

    Omg how adorable is this strap! Well done girl!

    x Lisa |

    • Michelle
      1st April 2018 at 12:06 pm

      You’re so sweet, thank you very much!!

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