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Build Your Own DIY Slide Light

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Are you ready to come along on a fantastic voyage? No time travel to throwback music videos required.

We were thinking a voyage to the hardware store to gather building supplies for the coolest tutorial yet — a DIY slide light.

It’s a minimalist light box that can display pictures, and it sure looks good doing it. Whether you shoot film, digital, or even Instagram (remember this tutorial?) – the slide party is open invite!

Think of this project as a way to create a mini gallery, with which to show off and rotate tiny versions of your photography.

To start you’ll only need one more power tool than your average tool-free craft project. Totally coolio, huh?

Build Your Own Slide Light

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Turn an Old Camera Into a Retro-tastic Phone Dock!

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Summer days are here! With the sun setting so late, there are more phone calls, Instagrams, texts, and all sorts of things that give your phone a good ol’ workout.

What’s that? Your phone is buzzing in your pocket for some relief! After a long, long day, it deserves some rest. Pamper your phone with a swanky charger dock made from your favorite antique camera!

Plugging it in and leaving it on the table is such a lonely way to relax. In this project, you’ll be making a super retro dock from a camera to charge your phone in style. You get to work with your hands and some rockin’ power tools, and by the end of it your phone will be thanking you for its sweet new digs.

Be careful though — your phone is gonna look so awesome in its new dock that you might not want to take it out for the next summer adventure!

Make a Phone Dock Out of a Camera

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How to Make the Best Camera Case Ever — a Dog Camera Cozy!

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The perfect DSLR camera case can be hard to come by.

And more often than not, it doesn’t even resemble any of your fave animals. What gives?

That’s where the DIY Dog Camera Cozy swoops in to save the day. It’s a soft camera cozy for your DSLR, and our pal Sarah Goldschadt is the clever crafter behind it.

Here’s the story from Sarah:

“In 2009 I bought my first DSLR …I had recently learned how to crochet with the help of my friend Alicia Kachmar.

I ended up using the basic shape of slippers to create a lens cover and then kept crocheting around my camera to see what would happen.

When I finished, adding on buttons and ears seemed like a no-brainer. Since then, I’ve upgraded to a better camera and bought a new lens, so it’s always the perfect excuse to crochet a new cover.”

Inspired? Get your craft on, and make your best friend look like man’s best friend.

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How to Make a Mini Light Studio Using School Supplies

When school’s out, most kids are thinkin’ “Oh man, summer’s here!”

Us? We’re thinkin’ “What are we gonna do with all these binders???”

Staring at binders all summer long is no fun, so our buddies Chris Rutter and Jeff Meyer (of Digital Camera World) showed us how to turn them into a sweet light tent — perfect for casting beautifully diffused light onto your photo subjects.

That means your photos won’t have harsh shadows from the sun, and your camera will catch all of your subject’s details.

Everyone has a binder or two at home, so you can start this project today!

Plus, this portable light tent gives you great lighting on flowers, insects, and other small stuff without having to pluck them out of the ground.

Throw it in your bag, and you’ve got a mini studio wherever you go this summer.

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DIY: Turn Your Room into a Walk-In Camera

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What could be better than a shiny new camera? How about a walk-in camera?

That’s right! We’re making cameras big enough to have a party in.

Check out this tutorial for a step by step guide to turning any room into a giant camera.

It’s kind of like making a pinhole camera but on a real-life scale.

So grab some poster board, a roll of tape, and invite your friends over for a camera party.

Turn Your Room into a Camera Obscura

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DIY: Make a Stained Glass Window out of Instagrams

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Ever wish your Instagram feed were more tangible? Like, hanging-from-your-window-tangible?

Well, you’ve come to the right place.

This DIY turns your windows into giant, photo-filled lightboxes that showcase your Instagram masterpieces.

Make colorful stained glass inspired windows to brighten up any space.

Gather up those digital files, or pull out that old box of 35mm slides from your grandparent’s attic.

Finally, a digital-analog way to drape your windows with Kodak moments!

Turn Your Windows into Giant Lightboxes

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DIY: How to Make a Waxed Canvas Camera Bag

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A night tour of Madame Tussauds is heck-of-scary, but here’s one thing more petrifying than that: damaged camera gear.

That same stuff Miss T uses will calm all your photo fears!

A DIY waxed camera bag will keep your lenses and camera bodies safe, sound, *and* dry.

Our buddy Allen Mowery put together this fantastic tutorial on how to make a water-resistant camera bag with grocery store wax, a messenger bag, and a camera bag insert.

The waxed canvas will add to that rugged mountain-man/lady look you pull off so well!

Make a DIY Waxed Camera Bag!

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DIY: Craft Custom Rubber Stamps from Photos

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You’ve probably got a bag of them stashed away with old envelopes and Mr. Sketch markers.

Rubber stamps. The classic currency of Valentine’s Day and letters from your penpal.

Stamps don’t have to be boring or cheesy. They can be classy, and they can even be art.

Especially if you design them from your very own photos!

Follow along with our DIY stamp project as we take you from the pixel to the pad without breaking a sweat.

Make a Custom Photo Stamp!

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How to Turn Your Phone Into a DIY Photo Projector for $1

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Slide projectors are great but outdated. And digital projectors cost a bundle. What’s a photographer to do when they’re looking for a bigger picture?

We’ll show you how to turn your phone into a photo projector for just $1.

Yep, for a buck you can have Instagram on overdrive and Flickr living large.

The project is so easy, you might even have time to sneak in a cat video or two.

Make a DIY Projector for $1

DIY Photo Stands: How to Train Your Photojojo Dinos

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You just got your Photojojo package (yay!). And what’s this? A stowaway-a-saurus!

Learn how to train your newly found dino friends to sit, stay, and speak–er– hold a photo!

Gather up those stowaways and put them to good use by turning them into photo holders.

In a few easy steps, you can turn your dino collection in to a dino photo collection! (ooooh ahhhhhh)

*Don’t worry, no dinosaurs were hurt in the making of this tutorial.

Turn Your Dinos into Roaring Photo Stands