Build Your Own Wooden Play Camera
Are you ready for a Photo Shoot!
In high school my favorite class was photography, I had an amazing teacher and it made me look at photos in a different way. When I came across these wooden toy cameras online I was in LOVE! So cute! Mae, currently, is too young to play with one, but I still had to make it. I figure it will be a great nursery decoration. I thought I would share how I did it with you!
This does take a few days to make (you have to let the glue dry completely). It is relatively easy to make and is the perfect gift for a little older child. It cost about $15 to make.
►1 in. x 4 in.x 6 in. Solid Wood
►2 – 1 1/4 in. Car Wheels
►4 Axle Pegs
►Measuring tape / Ruler
► Cotton Strap
►Miter Saw / Jigsaw
►1/4 & 3/8 Drill Bit
1. Take your pinewood and cut the piece in half so you have 2 – 3 in. pieces.
2. Take those pieces and glue them together to create one thick piece, use the clamp to hold the pieces tightly together while the glue dries overnight
3. The next day take the clamp off; you should have one piece now. Now trim the piece of wood using a miter saw or a jig saw. Cut it so it measures slightly under 3.5 in. x 2.5 in. Don’t cut the front or back (I made 2 so the piece is larger in the photo)
4. Now you need to mark your drill holes:
A. Side Strap Hole – 1 in. down on each side and mark it in the center
5. Drill holes in your marks using the 1/4 in. drill bit. For each hole drill in 3/4in. not through. Except for the B. Sight Hole for this use a slightly larger drill bit 3/8 in. and drill all the way through.
6. Sand the entire piece smooth to a 220 grit sandpaper
7. Use painter’s tape measure up 1 1/4 in. and tape all the way around the camera.
9. Once everything is dry you will connect all of the pieces, gluing them together. First the lens; take the wheel you just painted and place it over the lens hole C use an axle peg and wood glue to attach the piece
10. Now you can attach the shutter release. Take the second wheel and another axle peg and attach them to hole D.
11. Lastly you will want to attach the strap take your cotton strap measure up 3/4 of an inch and using scissors make a small hole so the painted axle pegs can fit through. Using the wood glue attach the pegs to each side of the camera.
**Please Note: this camera is for children aged 3 and up and is not to be used as a teether or a chew toy. Always monitor children while playing with toys that have small attachment parts. They could become loose overtime and become a choking hazard.