Introduction: Cardboard Camera

Picture of Cardboard Camera

After ordering a bunch of things from Amazon, I had no money but a lot of boxes. I still wanted to do creative projects but I could only things I already had. I began perusing the interwebs, and came across a gorgeous cardboard camera on Etsy that was being sold for $195! Being the cheap highschooler that I am. I decided to put all those boxes to use, and make a camera myself.

If you would like to check out where I got my inspiration: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CisforCardboard/items

Step 1: Materials

This build doesn't take much:

- A cardboard box

- Hot glue and a glue gun

- A few pieces of tape

Step 2: Bases and Icky Math

Picture of Bases and Icky Math

First I mapped out all of my dimensions useing some nifty math. Then I started to make the base. I cut out my measurements from an old box. I ended up with a rectangle and measured out the sides I needed so I would have a nice camera shape. I didn't cut out the individual rectangles. Instead I lightly scored them, so that I could fold the edges to get a nice shape. To maintain the shape while I glued the sides together, I taped the corners together.

Next I made a top and bottom, and glued that in place.

Step 3: So Many Circles

Picture of So Many Circles

To make the lenses, I cut out two big circles with little circles cut out from the inside, 4 big circles, and 4 small circles. On one of the large circles I lightly scored the surface than peeled off one side of the paper This left me with a cool wavy pattern.

Step 4: Assembling

Picture of Assembling

I decided that my lenses would be broken into 4 parts. I assembled the 1st part of the lens by gluing the two circles with missing middles on top of one another and then on top of the wavy piece. I glued the 3 large circles together, and then I glued 3 of the smaller pieces together, and the 4th small piece to the center of the 3 large circles.

I know that was confusing, but really it's me trying to explain a very simple thing poorly. I pretty much just glued the cardboard pieces together in 3s.

Step 5: Cool Wavy Details

Picture of Cool Wavy Details

I wanted to add a little ribbing to the circumference of the lenses. To do this I used the same technique I had used to make the wavy circle. I scored a piece of cardboard (making sure to go with the grain) then carefully took off the top layer of paper piece my piece. I cut out thin strips of the wavy cardboard then glued it around the circumference of both of my large lenses.

Step 6: Details on the Small Lense

Picture of Details on the Small Lense

The edge of the small lens was a bit rough so I took another strip of the ribbed cardboard, and glued it ribbing down, so I had a smooth edge. Then I glued the lenses together in a sandwich like fashion that went, large lens, small lens, large lens (then that fourth small lens then the base of the camera).

Step 7: More Details

Picture of More Details

If you haven't guessed by now, I'm not really educated in camera part names, so forgive me. To make the flash, I made a tower of cardboard, each piece a little shorter than the last. I traced it onto another piece of cardboard and cut that out. Then I cut the paper off of one of its corner. I cut out a circle and glued it into the square I had cut out.

The pictures are 1000x times easier to follow; just look at them.

Step 8: More Circles

Picture of More Circles

I cut out a bunch of circles slightly smaller than dimes, and glued two on the side of the flash. Then I glued two more to the left of the flash, and three to the right. I glued the flash, and the lenses onto the body of the camera.

Step 9: Done

Picture of Done

And that's it. This build only took about 2 hours and didn't cost me a dime. I know the directions were slighlty confusing, so feel free to ask any questions you have in the comments below. Also if you know any camera terms, and would like to enlighten me, you can correct me as well.

Comments

rjkorn (author)2017-05-13

Reminds me of the photo booth in police academy

random_builder (author)2017-03-24

This is really cool and the "lens" looks great! I am surprised it got accepted in the photography contest, because it doesn't take pictures.

Thank you! And it would be awesome if this did take pics.

Yeah, that would be really cool!

ClenseYourPallet (author)2017-03-24

What an awesome camera. You have my vote

Thank you

Punyviking (author)2017-03-24

Thanks, good work and a nice Instructable!
This would be a great body for a raspberry pi camera!

Thank you!! Now all I have to do is figure out how to make a raspberry pi.

About This Instructable

1,106views

16favorites

License:

Bio: I'm just a poor high school student who loves video games, pasta, and sleeping in.
More by rainingfiction:Man of La Mancha Crooked SwordKhal Drogo Game of Thrones CostumeMirror Armor // Man of La Mancha
Add instructable to: