Hidden Outlet Camera





Introduction: Hidden Outlet Camera

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have you ever had a great prank but no way to take a video without it being obvious?

this instructable will show you how to record a prank with the victim not seeing the camera

Step 1: Parts & Tools


  1. an outlet (one that isn't installed
  2. an outlet cover
  3. a small thin phone (i used a blackberry)
  4. the protective casing for the inside of an outlet


  1. a flat head screwdriver
  2. phillips screwdriver
  3. glue (or glue gun)
  4. heavy duty scissors

Step 2: Take the Outlet Apart

take out the screws in the corners

then pry the plastic part on top off

Step 3: Cut the Plastic Piece

cut off the plastic that is shown in the picture

Step 4: Glue the Bracket On

glue the metal piece on to the plastic that you cut off

Step 5: Glue the Buttons Back On

if your outlet had buttons glue them back in

Step 6: Cut Some More Plastic!

cut off three 3 in long 1 in wide and a one 1 1/2 piece of plastic from the outlet protector

  1. three 3 in by 1 in piece
  2. 1 1/2 in by 1 in piece
  3. 1 in by 1 in square
  4. two 3/4 in by 1/2 in

Step 7: Glue More Stuff!!

glue each of the three in long pieces onto the top and sides of the outlet cover (this will make it look like a bad installation)

then glue the two 3/4 in by 1/2 in pieces to the top of the bracket (on either sides of the screw)

Step 8: Drill a Hole

drill a hole in the middle of the 1 in by 1 in square (this will be how you hang it)

and glue it to the top of the two 3/4 in by 1/2 in pieces (make sure to also glue it to the plastic piece at the top)

Step 9: Bend It!

get the 1 1/2 in by 1 in piece and bend it to a right angle an inch down the piece

Step 10: Position and Glue

position the phone so its camera is behind a hole and put the bent piece so it holds it in the same place and it (the bent piece)

Step 11: Done!!

now put it on camera mode and hang it by the hole in the 1 in by 1 in piece

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    11 Discussions

    how do you keep the camera on so that it stays on I have a Samsung and the camera will eventually switch off

    1 reply

    There is a setting so it DOESN'T shut off. It tends to run the battery down quicker but it can be done.

    I like the idea and the way you built it but isnt it illegal to film anyone without their permission?

    2 replies

    Usualy it's only Illegal if you have a "Reasonable expectation of Privacy" Some Offices may call it workplace harasment though !

    G'day mate ? in the state of South Australia as long as you have a notice warning people you are filming them it's not illegal to notice could be as simple as smile your on camera

    Just think. If everyone sees this, we'll never know if we're being watched. We have no more privacy! I'm totally voting! :D

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