today we have natalie in the house! i have been complaining that there are rarely any camera straps I love to look at. and the ones i DO love, are quite a lot of money (remember those beautiful woven ones from the 70’s, where did they all go?) so today, we are making a DIY camera strap that sort of blew my mind! natalie totally needs to make an etsy shop full of these, right?

what you’ll need:
• 2 yds cotton webbing (we used 1 1/2 inch natural cotton)
• masking tape
• acrylic craft paint
• 2 swivel hooks (found in the jewelry or with purse handle section of most craft stores)
• fabric glue
• needle and thread
• metallic leather or vinyl (optional)

let’s get to it…

the steps:
• measure out the desired length of your strap and add 2 inches.
• on a work surface use tape to create a geometric design taking care to make sure tape is fully adhered to the webbing. We used the rounded side of a bone folder to smooth the edges on the tape to be sure our paint line were crisp.
• now the fun part, apply paint to webbing. Be sure paint is dry before attempting to remove tape. Watching paint dry is a skill that takes practice.

• now that your strap is looking amazing, slide the ends through the swivel hook giving yourself about an inch of strapping on the reverse side and glue. Be sure to give the hook a little bit of space to move when gluing.
• because you’re hanging your beloved camera around your neck add a few stitches to the glued area for good measure!

** small side note, if you have a rather heavy DSLR you may want to choose a wider strapping than what you can fit through the hardware of the swivel hook. To accommodate this we used a piece of metallic leather to create an adapter that we then glued and sewed to the end of the painted strap.

now you’re ready to take your made up camera to the streets & show her off.

make different sizes for different cameras, why dontcha? we would love to see photos of your creations, tweet bri the pics @designlovefest ok? go on, get your MAKE on.

and hey! two more spots in blogshop, photographers!

(photos & creations by natalie shriver for designlovefest)


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    Tiff Reed says:

    These camera straps are so cute! I have to try this.

    kelsie rae says:

    LOVE this so much. def. making one.

    Anonymous says:

    So adorable. I have a holga that is in desperate need of some love and attention. This might just be the weekend project I was looking for. Thanks!

    Mel says:

    Loved it!!!!

    Jeline says:

    Omg, the straps look amazing!! Going to try doing this soon 🙂


    kelly says:

    totally adorable. need to use this for gifts!

    Chelsea C. says:

    this. is. BRILLIANT!! I’m gonna make seven of ’em.

    Becca says:

    Very cool! Thank you for the idea.

    You’re so right! Why are camera straps so unpretty? I love this tutorial. Thank you.

    Ok, these ARE EPIC AWESOME. Love this. Have to make this ASAP!! Thx!

    adele says:

    Love the design & colours!
    Have a fantastic weekend hun xoxo

    dee says:

    guess i will be busy this wknd making these wicked/ cool/ awesome camera straps! best craft ever!!!

    Love it, great idea!…. But can I just buy one of those? How much?

    Danie says:

    How adorable! Thanks for the tutorial!

    Ranu says:

    This is an AWESOME diy!!! So well done 🙂

    Cate says:

    PERFECT! Love this one.

    Anna says:

    wow, what a great idea! thank you for this awesome tutorial & hope you have a great weekend!!!

    Sarah says:

    So, so, so cool! I’d love to use the straps for clutches too! I will definitely be making these! Love the colors used, too!

    Sam says:

    THIS IS SO PERFECT! Have been looking for something like this! I agree, they are always so expensive. If you don’t mind, I am going to repost this on my blog August Every Month (with proper credit of course). Thank you for the inspiration!


    Shannon says:

    Thank you for sharing! I cannot wait to make some fun straps for my camera.

    AHH! Magical!! Can’t wait to make some of these.

    Kelsey says:

    Oh my, LOVE THIS!! Camera straps are always so boring…

    Paulette says:

    These are so fun! We’re featuring a collection of vintage/antique cameras in our May issue (which we send to press next week) so this is really timely. Thinking about purchasing a few old cameras for myself… and sprucing them up with a colorful strap like this. Love!

    Ciara says:

    Wow, I love the colours and the cute motion stop directions with the tape make it look like I could actually do it!

    Catiti says:

    Now I have a lovely things to do this weekend !!! =P I love your blog so inspiring, Thanks! ::)

    bri says:

    jamie – I LOVE that striped strap too. one of the only ones i have seen that i really like.

    Alexis says:

    I cannot wait to try this project out–Awesome! Thanks for sharing such a great DIY!

    jen says:

    you gals knocked it out of the park on this one (it’s a baseball term, i don’t expect you to understand).

    Megan Alissa Glanville says:

    This is AWESOME! I just got my first DSLR and was bummed and the rather expensive (tho beautiful) straps available. I DIY! Can you elucidate on how to make the leather adapter for the dslr strap? Please? 🙂

    That is so neat! I’ve always looked around for camera straps like those and I never seemed to find the right one for me, now I know how to make one! Thanks for sharing

    I desperately want … no, NEED one of those camera straps!

    ines says:

    Wow it’s so pretty! 😀

    ash says:

    That’s such a cool idea!

    katie says:

    Thank you. Thank you. These are beyond gorgeous and YES, Natalie does need to open an Etsy shop!

    Great project,
    I’ll write about it next week on my site and probably do one for my cams.

    trina says:

    yes, please start an etsy shop!
    xo . trina

    Pencil It In says:

    I must make this! Thank you for this great tutorial 🙂

    miss kelly says:

    need these so bad…. The camera Strap market is beyond blah!!!!

    Liana says:

    Very cool! Challenge accepted!

    you must check out souldier straps, all handmade in chicago. i have a camera strap for my nikon that i picked up at bonnaroo a couple of years ago and i love it! there’s lots of vintage camera and guitar straps to choose from!


    Arielle says:

    so awesome! I need a camera to attach this to, though.. haha

    Chris Qualls says:

    This is amazing. I can’t wait to see the next Make It/Natalie column. Soooo good

    Hannah says:

    RAD! I love this, may have to get crafting again after my dry-spell! Thanks for posting.


    ok, these are seriously cute. i would take up photography just to get one of these!! i think an etsy shop needs to happen here

    anne says:

    I absolutely love this idea! I need to give it a whirl!

    Anna says:

    can i just buy one? 🙂

    Such a sweet idea…I’ll be pondering designs for my own now!

    Wow, what a fantastic DIY. The finished product is so so neat, too!!

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    Pink Ronnie says:

    Very awesome, indeed! Nice one girls.
    Ronnie xo

    twomoxie says:

    Fab idea. Must make one!

    Krista' says:

    omg. this makes me want a Digital SLR even more now! I love this. Thanks for sharing. Totally dooooiiinn’ it!


    Tara says:

    Natalie has a Contax G! I saw your tutorial linked somewhere or other and had to click over just to give props to another Contax G lover. Makes me happy just to look at one. Also had to laugh because it’s sitting with my old manual SLR and my small collection of vintage rangefinders. “Hi,” fellow film camera nerd! 🙂

    nika says:

    so.. so cute.. really lovely !!

    Savanah says:

    These are beautiful! Your colors are so gorgeous and genius to use the templates! Really beautiful 🙂

    Increíble!, me encanta, vamos a ver is hago una para mi cámara, thanks for sharing!.

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    Hello! I’ve just featured you on my blog: http://drawingdreaming.blogspot.pt/2012/04/friday-favourites-2.html Have a great day! 🙂

    Manali Shah says:

    Wow, these look seriously cool. Love them! Great work, Natalie.

    Timi says:

    Hei, I really liked your tutorial and I can’t wait to try it for myself. I hope you don’t mind but i pinned on my pinterest account. This is the link: http://pinterest.com/butterflytimi/. Thank you and have a nice day!

    mary beth says:

    I, like you, have had a time trying to find camera straps I feel are worth the investment. I will be doing this project ASAP! Thank you for such an awesome homemade idea that looks classy.

    Great blog here! Also your site lots up fast! What host are you the use of? Can I get your affiliate hyperlink in your host? I want my site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

    Holly Sparks says:

    These are so cute. But I’m kind of curious as to how comfortable they are when you’re carrying your camera around your neck or on your shoulder. And how durable are they over time (paint wise and overall)?

    Kate Lapekas says:

    I LOVE these camera straps. I really hope that I can find everything to make these here in spain!

    claire says:

    what a simple gift idea for all the photographers on my list!

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    Jen says:

    What a lovely idea, camera straps are always so boring, fab to be able to personalise it!

    anonimatusss says:

    i´m loving it!

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    This is brilliant! You can decorate the strap any way you want to! 🙂 Thanks for the tutorial! Definitely going to make this soon. x

    frau mueller says:

    Really cool tutorial, thanks for sharing!

    Chaney says:

    This is an absolutely adorable project! I included it in a DIY Mother’s Day gifts round up today (here) – hope that’s ok! Have a great weekend 🙂

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    Natalie says:

    love this, must try! does anyone know if the swivel hooks/clips are durable enough to hold the weight of an SLR camera? I have a canon but I’m wondering if they’ll be able to hold strong with a telephoto lens! thanks 🙂

    Marlies says:

    Wooww…!! I love it and I’m going to make it!! #rightnow 😀
    Thanks for your idea/sharing

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    I might have to try this some time I know a LOT of people who LOVE to take pictures AND christmas is coming up!!! yay! 🙂

    Belle says:

    I so want to try these but I was wondering when u have finished the strap how are you supposed to hook it on because my camera doesn’t have anything on the side so you can hook it on please tell me.

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    I made this using fabric that I covered the webbing with…easy! A seam down the edge of each side. CUTE! No paint!

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