Introduction: Matchbox Camera

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To make this mini-camera, you'll need a box of matches, a used toilet paper tube, a pair of scissors (or an x-cut), a pen and some tape. (Be advised, this camera doesn't really take pictures!)

Step 1: Instructions

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Draw, using the toilet paper tube, a circle on one of the sides of the match box's outer box. Do the same thing on the inner box and cut out the circles using the scissors or x-cut.

Step 2: Instructions

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On the side of the outer box that wasn't used, cut a small rectangle centered with the circle on the other side.

Step 3: Instructions

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Take the toilet paper roll and cut it by half. These will be your lenses.

Step 4: Instructions

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Connect the lenses to the match box using tape.

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Finally, you can add details with a pen (and other materials to your liking).

Step 6: Usage

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We came up with this camera when we were kids, so it obviously doesn't work like a real one. The photos we took became reality through little pieces of paper we would fit on the inside of the match box, where we would then draw the moments we wanted to later remember. This is one of the possibilities of this mini camera, one we suggest to all those that enjoy drawing. 

Step 7: Usage

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The second possibility is to hold a real camera up to the mini camera's sights: it will create a pinhole effect. You can play with distances to create different environments and new experiences.


virginiajoann hatch (author)2016-04-27

hi i am doing a science fair project and i have to make one that works

mclare50 (author)2013-12-12

This is awesome :)))

Kaptain Kool (author)2011-08-17

Well done, the camera looks very nice!

Mr Spoqui (author)Kaptain Kool2011-09-02

thank you Kaptain Kool! :)

thaneda (author)2011-08-16

this is sweet and creative. i enjoy projects that encourage me to draw more, or inspire me to be more creative. i really like the illustrations and general art style. do any of you have any of your art online?

Mr Spoqui (author)thaneda2011-08-24

hello! thank you so much! yes, you can find some of our "art" here, if you like:

thaneda (author)Mr Spoqui2011-08-24

excellent, thanks! please post any new projects you have. i think they will be great, probably.

scarabeetle101 (author)2011-08-17

Have you thought about adding a pinhole to it so it can take real pictures? There are various things around the web about matchbox pinhole cameras and I think it would make a really nice addition to this project...

Mr Spoqui (author)scarabeetle1012011-08-24

thank you! good suggestion!

CH3 (author)2011-08-16

Good Idea~

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