I recently found myself swooning over Bloom Theory’s Camera Straps and one or two managed to find their way to my Pinterest. When I took a close look at them, I realized I could easily DIY the $130 strap for much less - so that’s exactly what I did.
Here’s the best part.
Here’s how I did it:
1. Start with a simple canvas or cotton camera strap. You don’t want anything too thick, because you’re going to hand-sew or machine sew some sequin ribbon onto the strap later. In other words, choose a material that isn’t too tough. I bought this strap for $9.99 on eBay. (Here’s a link to that strap.) There are all kinds of options out there - so shop around.
2. Next, find some sequin ribbon. I bought mine at my local JoAnn Fabric store, but a Google search pulls up a bunch of other options. For those of you who want to go to the store and buy the exact same thing, it’s called: Sequin Stretch Ruffle Trim - 3 inch. I bought one yard.
3. All you have to do now is hand sew or machine sew the ruffle trim to the strap. Be sure to secure it by back-stitching or double knotting the ends.
Attach to your camera and enjoy!
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Sewing Machine or Needle
Total cost: $12
In college, I took a lot of photography classes and loved everything about it. Life and work gets in the way and over the last five years I’ve been so focused on video that I’d stopped taking photos just to take photos. Honestly, the best pictures come out of those types of moments. This summer, I promised myself that I would get back into photography. And that I would shoot on Manual. Partially because I want to take better photos for this blog, but also because a series of photos memorializes life at its best.
This is my summer so far -
I have to tell you about this.
It’s so not regularly scheduled programming, but sometimes I find things on the internet that make me so happy and I’m so vexed as to why they’re not the biggest internet/social media/twitter influencer/tech blogger obsession ever, that I just need to yammer on and write a run on sentence about it.
Get to it already, alright.
You love instagram. You love photostrips. You’d love to have your instagram photos in photostrip form. After Google ninja’ing like that’s an actual skill you might find something… Holy PB&J there’s a thing for this perfect marriage on the interwebs and its’ called Boothgram.
It’s from the mind of Lori Lee, a developer genius in San Fran.
Alright, that’s your public service announcement of the day from me. I’ve already managed to come up with all kinds of strips which I will eagerly print and obnoxiously flail at people - so now it’s your turn.
If you follow me on instagram (I’m @lizgiorgi!) you know that I’m a bit obsessed. It’s great to capture the smallest of moments alongside the biggest. Plus, it’s all just so beautiful.
Well, when I wrote about different instagram art options for your home, I realized that there was one really basic product that was missing: a cheap canvas option that you could hang in a cubicle or stand up in a set on a desk.
So, I decided to try and make it. They turned out super cute and the best part is that each one costs about $1.13 to make.
Here’s how I did it.
1. Save two photos from your instagram account on your computer. Use a photo editing software or service to create a 4x6 photo canvas. Then, position two instagram prints next to each other at 3x3 inches each. You will have a 1 inch blank area on the bottom of the print, but that’s OK, because in order for this project to be cost effective, you need to get two prints on each sheet of photo paper.
2. Print the photo at home. Take it to the store and print it at a Kiosk. Send it to Shutterfly. Whatever you want! Just get it printed. It cost me 25 cents to make that print at Target, making each photo about 13 cents.
3. Cut the photos. Use a straight edge or photo cutter (like this one) to separate the two photos.
4. Now, grab your 3 inch by 3 inch canvases. Using a photo mount spray glue (not Elmer’s, not tacky, not stick, not super - PHOTO MOUNT ONLY!) spray a thin layer of glue on the canvas from about 6 inches away. I recommend doing this outside, because it’s sticky and gets everywhere.
5. Once dry, trim any of the stray edges to clean up the overall look. Allow the glue to dry overnight before displaying or hanging.
Two instagram prints
Photo editing software
Photo paper or a place to print photos
Straight edge like a ruler
Photo Mount Spray (A note on this: yes, it’s expensive. But I recommend waiting for a 50% or 60% off coupon from Michael’s or Joann and buying it then. It will cost you $7-$8 that way and it lasts FOREVER. I have had the same bottle for 2 years and I’ve done about 20 different projects with it.)
Total cost: $1.13 each. I bought my canvas individually, but I could only find the 6 pack online. Either way, you should be able to find them for about $1 a piece at JoAnn Fabric and Michael’s Craft stores.
Since instagram sold for a sick $1Bil today, I figured I’d add to the conversation by giving you a rundown of coolest companies that will turn your digital photo musings into real art you can use in the home.
… Now if only I could come up with an incredibly simple, beautiful and non-revenue generating awesome thing to sell for major cash, right? In all seriousness, it’s truly amazing how quickly a great idea can turn into the biggest buyout of the year.
But back onto the pretties!
Posters, little prints (at left) and mini photos books are among the offerings here. There’s stickers too! Everything is super reasonable too. The cool polaroid-like cards come in sets of 48 for only $12.
Ceramic tiles + instagram photos = the most colorful, hipster friendly backsplash ever seen in a kitchen.
I’ve got to be honest… it’s unclear to me WHY you would want to buy lots and lots of tiles of your instagram photos, but they do look darn pretty here. A 2” by 2” tile will run you $4 and go all the way up to 12” by 12” for $35.
I have to admit that I have a love/hate relationship with magnets. On the one hand, they’re a lot of fun to collect and do hold things up on the fridge. On the other hand, I like the clean simplicity of not having a ton of clutter on the fridge. You see my problem? No matter where you fall on the magnet issue, you can get nine of your instagram pics turned into them for $14.99 from StickyGram.
I’m a throw pillow addict. Freaking love me a pillow that just looks colorful and awesome. Enter the stitchtagram pillow.
If you’re looking to “instagram your sofa” then this is clearly the product for you. The first pillow will run you $53, which is steep, but since it is custom fabric I’m not really surprised. For those that wants the specs, it’s 15 inches with a linen-cotton blend and the back is a dark navy color, and has an envelope-style closure.
If you want your instagram photos on a canvas, check out these other offerings from CanvasPop and Hatchcraft. Or you could always use this print to canvas tutorial I put together once.
Congrats to the newly rich founders of Instagram. Despite my earlier snark, I really do LOVE your app.