Yesterday the whole family (that’s two adults, a toddler, and a baby) completed a pretty manic round trip to Oban in one day to go and view some property as we are hoping to move back there in a few months. We knew we would be making this mad trip a few days before it happened so I was racking my brain trying to think of the best things to make it super fun for Aiden. We have told him we will be moving and he is coming round to the idea so now we are just working on building it up to excitement. So with that in mind I wanted a craft we could make earlier in the week that prepared him for the trip and one that could also be incorporated into the day.

The inspiration for this ‘make your own camera’ craft just come to me when I was trying to think of what Aiden would be doing as we looked round the houses. See Aiden likes to always be involved with what the grown-ups are doing and if he has a purpose or specific job then all the better. At first I thought I could see if he wanted to take some actual photos but that just invites the opportunity for my camera to get flushed down a toilet. So make his very own camera we did and this is how.

You will need:

  • Cardboard Β (the thick stuff)
  • Scissors Β (for grown-ups, not those blunt kids ones)
  • Stanley knife
  • A pen
  • 1 toilet roll
  • String or ribbon or the like
  • PVA glue
  • Newspaper
  • Paint

How to make it:

I started the prep work for this project on my own the night before when Aiden was already asleep because I knew it would take a little time and as he couldn’t use the adult scissors it would be pretty dull for him. So I cut out 4 of the same camera shape cardboard pieces. Depending on the thickness of your card you might need to make more or less. I also cut out some smaller pieces and a ‘button’ piece to help create a more camera like shape.

I drew round the toilet roll where the lense would be and used a Stanley knife to cut the holes out. I did the same with the view finder hole. Don’t worry about how scruffy it looks at this point, it will all be covered up anyway.

The next morning then we were ready to go. We measured the right length of paracord so the camera would hang nicely round Aiden’s neck. You could use anything for this really; string, ribbon, anything you’ve got laying round the house.

I then had Aiden help me paint the PVA glue on each layer of cardboard. Origionally I had planned on using Uhu as it is nice and strong, it isn’t however very child friendly. Aiden loved helping me glue the camera together and watch it take shape.

We glued the flashbutton to the top and also threaded the paracord between the pieces of cardboard. PVA is a very light glue so once we had assembled it all we also used parcel tape round the edges to hold it all together.

Next we enlisted the help of Daddy as we decided to paper-machete the whole thing so we could paint it also.

Whenever Keith helps with crafts he takes his role VERY seriously! So after Aiden had helped rip up all the newspaper he sat back with a cup of tea (herbal, no caffeine!) and let Daddy get on with it!

Once all covered in newspaper and PVA glue we left it to dry for a good 7 hours or so before we started painting it. Aiden decided he wanted a red camera but as soon as the paints came put he wanted lots more colours so that’s what he got.

We took the camera with us the next day on the house hunt and Aiden absolutely loved snapping away. He even insisted on taking photos of the toilet at the Pitt stop we took on the way up!

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10 thoughts on “How to Make a Cardboard Camera”

  1. Oh wow what a fantastic construction! My eldest is really into making things out of cardboard (mostly junk boxes). I love how he is sitting back to relax with a cup of tea!

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