We installed two Ring battery powered security cameras and wanted to disguise them a bit to look like birdhouses.
Step 1: Watch the Video
Step 2: Set Up Cameras
Step 3: Gather Materials
We purchased a standard garden post as well as one 4" wide poplar board and one 3" wide poplar board.
Step 4: Make the Cuts
The measurements are based on the Ring camera we are using.
- (2) 5" long from 3" wide piece for the sides with a 20-degree miter on one edge
- (1) 3.25" long piece from the 4" wide board with a 20-degree miter at the top. This piece is shorter than the sides to accommodate the base of the camera
- (1) 5" long piece for the roof from the 4" wide board with a 22.5-degree bevel on one edge
The back and sides were glued and clamped around the camera and allowed to dry.
Step 5: Add the Roof and Supports
The roof was glued and clampled into place. The weighs are helping to keep everything in place. Once dry, we added the cut off pieces as shown in the second picture, to the underside of the roof. This helps to keep it snuggly on the camera.
Step 6: Position the Post and Paint
Steph used the post hole digger to make the hole and set the post in place. She backfilled with dirt.
We finished it by painting it with Rust-Oleum Camouflage paint which we also used on one of the birdhouses. The second cover was painted white since it was going to be installed on the existing post which was already a light color.
In the last picture, you can see how well the post and cover blend into the background.
Step 7: Adjust the Camera Angle
The cover just slips into place over the camera. Nothing extra is used to keep it in place. We have had no issues with either of the covers coming off. Before we added the covers, we did take some time to adjust the view of the camera. This is easy by opening the app and clicking 'live view' which shows you exactly what the camera is seeing.
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