DIY: Personalized Camera Strap

DIY: Personalized Camera Strap

Do you have your eye on the prize – a new Sony DSC RX100 II Cybershot Digital Camera – this week in Project Live Your Life? Whether you’re a seasoned photographer like Bailey or just learning the ropes, you can still snap in style with a personalized camera strap made from your favorite American Eagle Outfitters belt.

What you’ll need:

• Belt (preferably with pre-punched holes, we used our Leather Belt)

• A pair of 2 inch D-rings, to fit the width of belt

• 2 spring snap hooks (all cameras are different, make sure they fit the camera clasp)

• Rivet snaps with anvil and setter (found at any local craft store)

• Pencil

• Ruler

• Scissors

• Needle nose pliers

• Rubber or wooden mallet

• Leather cord

Step One: Gather your supplies.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Supplies for DIY Personalized Camera Strap

Step Two: 

Fold the two ends of the belt so you have a minimum of four holes to rivet together. Based on the thickness of the belt, you may need to dip the edges in water for a few minutes to ensure a tight bend. Press hard on the fold and let dry.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Prepare your belt for rivets.

Steph Three: Line the ruler up to the edge of the belt and draw a straight line in the area where you want to remove the excess belt. Repeat on the other side of belt.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Prepare to remove the excess from the belt.

Step Four: Cut each edge along the line.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Cut your belt

Step Five: Using the needle nose pliers, open each D-ring. Slip a single spring snap hook on each ring. Close the D-ring.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Attach hooks

Step Six: Slide each D-ring with the clip onto the two ends of the belt and place at the crease. Using your set of rivets, take the anvil (round metal piece) and place under the belt. Put the base rivet (with point) through the hole. Place the rivet cap on top. Using a rubber mallet, hammer the setter and close the rivet. Repeat until you have 4 rivets on each end.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Rivet the belt together

Step Seven: Add a unique element with leather cord on each end of the camera strap. Loop through the holes in your desired pattern and knot at both ends.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Personalize your strap with your own pattern

Step Eight: Hook onto camera and enjoy capturing some great moments with your custom AEO leather belt camera strap!

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

The finished product.

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