This is a great project for kids with an adult's help, not supervision, but help.
NOTE: There are a couple of places where a box cutter is used and those steps should ONLY be performed by an adult, NEVER by a child.
Now that that is out of the way, this is an easy project to make. The longest part is the drying time in between the coats of paints.
Step 1: Gather The Things You Will Need
- Box cutter (this is only to be used by an adult, NEVER the child if a child is making this.)
- Packing tape dispenser (not necessary to complete project but it makes it easier to tape)
- Box ( this one is 10.5 in x 7 in but use any size you want)
- Paint (any type or color is fine)
- Drop cloth to catch stray paint
- Belt (I got mine from the dollar store)
- Plastic bowls and lids for paint
- Paint brush or paint sponge
- A 10in x 6 in piece of cardboard to cover up the holes in the back if you are using a box like the one in the diagram
- A clear plastic drinking cup
- Pipe cleaners (only if you want to add a little pizzazz to your camera backpack) ;-)
- Clear drawer liner or any solid plastic to use to cover the flash and the viewfinder
- A cardboard cylinder from either a toilet paper or paper towel roll
- Packing tape
Step 2: Determine Which Box You Have
Step 3: Cut the Box Along the Edges
Step 4: Check Point - Make Sure Only Two Edges Are Cut.
Step 5: Close the Bottom and Reinforce the Box with Packing Tape
- If you have the traditional box, tape together the bottom and side flaps that were NOT cut away. This creates the bottom of your backpack; the other flap is the top of the backpack.
- If you have a box with a "V" opening, the bottom of the box is already together; HOWEVER, you will want to reinforce it.
- Secure and reinforce all sides, and edges. Pay special attention to the sides where the belt will be fed through the box. Give those areas several layers of tape.
Step 6: Measure for the Belt
- Lay the box on its side and measure about a half of an inch down, using the belt as a marker. Then make a slit just a little taller than the belt's height.
- Wrap one end of the belt in the slit you just made and wrap the other end around the box to estimate where the next slit should go.
Step 7: Push the Belt All the Way Through!
Step 8: Now You Can Paint
- Be creative and paint the box any way you would like. You can use a sponge brush or a paint brush. Get good paint coverage so only the colors show up.
- You may need two coats.
Clear plastic cup
- Paint the interior of the clear cup as that will be your lens.
- A clear cup may have to be painted twice if the paint is not thick enough.
Step 9: Let the Paint Dry and Clean Up
Also, rinse out your brushes and cover your paint containers. If you have to apply a second coat, you neither want your paint brushes nor your paint to dry up.
Tip: I only had one large brush and had to rinse my brush each time I changed paint colors BUT if you have a brush for each color and know you will be using the brush again for a second coat, just wrap the brush in plastic wrap and the brush will stay pliable until you use it again.
Step 10: Make the Flash and the Shutter
- Cut the round cardboard tube so that you have about an inch.
- Even out the top
- Wrap the clear drawer liner around the tube.
- Cut off just enough so that it overlaps just a tiny bit.
- Tape the clear drawer liner to the tube.
- You are done with your flash bulb.
- Cut off a one inch by one inch square of the clear drawer liner
- Done, this is your flash. Easy, right?
Step 11: Cut the Slits for the Belt
Step 12: Now Glue Everything On the Box
- Place the shutter, flash and lens on the box
- Glue them using Elmer's glue
- Let dry
Tip - If you are really in a hurry AND want to make the items stick faster and stronger, follow the Elmer's Glue with Crazy Glue or a similar product.
Step 13: Secure the Flap with Velcro
- When placing the Velcro on your backpack, take off the backing on both sides but do not separate.
- Place both pieces, still adhered to each other, on one side of the flap but do not separate
- Press both Velcro pieces to the bottom part of the backpack
- Your flap will be shut.
- Allow the Velcro to set for a few minutes before attempting to open the flap.
- The advantage is that you did not have to fiddle with trying to match up both pieces, they are perfectly lined up because you never took them apart. :-)