Picture of Cheap simple tripod for your pocket

The "tripod" made from a string and a 1/4 inch bolt is a well functioning and cheap classic that every photographer should have in the photo bag. But I have always had a problem with the string entangling in their bag, so here is the solution that makes sure you always have a tripod handy and don't look like a fool unraveling strings...

Step 1: Material and tools

You need the following material:

  • A rubber band
  • 3-3.5 m (12ft) of string – braided nylon works well
  • 40x80 mm 9 mm plywood
  • A 1/4 inch 37 mm bolt (1.5 inch)

You need the following tools:

  • A 7 mm trill
  • A jigsaw
  • Sanding paper
  • A hammer
  • A lighter
  • A scissor

Old and tested trick. You implemented it very well. I have used the one foot version!

you mean monopod
Luc Volders9 months ago

What a great Idea !!

Made one myself after a long search for a tripod screw as these are hard to get here in Holland.

I did it slightly different though: I designed and printed a base for the cam to be mounted on. Although the base is specific for my Canon SX110 cam you can download the files at my website: http://lucstechpage.weebly.com/

Thanks for sharing.


inspiredwood (author)  Luc Volders9 months ago

Ha, ha, NICE! Thanks for sharing :-) Awesome!!!

Thanks for posting this! A trick I'd not seen yet. Thanks for sharing it!

DarkHatter1 year ago

That's a bi-pod.

Either way, It makes it easier to search for by calling it a familiar term.

True dat!

I think that you are the third leg

thats not a tripod, but is another way to have a similar option, i used tripod with video camera, and the best of the tripod its hands free, good job!

legless1 year ago

Just a minor thing. It's a 1/4" bolt not a nut. Calling it a but is just a bit confusing.

inspiredwood (author)  legless1 year ago
Hey Thanks! English is not my native language, so I ll correct it right away


I have a string around my neck:


So so perfect for me!!! I am disabled & have been looking for a way to steady my monocular & binoculars for birdwatching. I use a power chair & can only carry so many things, this will even fit in my cup holder. Thank you for posting this well done ible!!!

mickryobe1 year ago


String pods have been around for generations but your is the first I have seen that utilizes both feet. I shall have to try it.

A word of caution: Always use your neck strap with is device as it and gravity are conspiring to bring it to ground.


I'm going to make one for my wife, she's the photographer in the family.
inspiredwood (author)  junkrigsailor1 year ago
Cool – good luck!
Tipple1 year ago


dan30081 year ago

... Been looking for something like this for ages. Time to get making :D

nthom61 year ago

If you use a light chain, (step on one end) you can do away with the need to spool the string.

I totally agree with Mrballeng! You should put this on one of the crowd sourcing fund raising sites like Kickerstarter or Indiegogo and mass produce these. I use both sites but prefer Indiegogo to presell band CDs and Merch.
inspiredwood (author)  Blues Angel1 year ago
Thanks for the comments. It' to late – This tripod idea has been around for the last 100 years in many different designs... Check out Amazon for the SteadyWeb SC-019 Pocket String Tripod – just to name one example... But that one costs 18$ :-)
Mrballeng1 year ago

You should put this on kickstarter.

nice l like it
dmassote1 year ago

interesting. good job.