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.

Jacob’s Legendary Gift

Jacob’s Legendary Gift

There’s nothing better than giving someone a gift you KNOW they’ll love. We captured our awesome holiday cast exchanging gifts on their most recent shoot in Juneau, Alaska. Check out Jacob’s gift and text LEGENDARY to 32453 (EAGLE) or visit to sign up for daily emails and text messages for the chance to win your own 12 legendary prizes from December 3-14, 2013.



Live Your Life: October

Live Your Life: October










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This month, we’ve been loving vintage-inspired flannels that can easily transition your favorite dress or jeans and tee into a fall look. Around the office, the new album by The Naked and Famous, In Rolling Waves, has been on repeat. Warm up with our favorite homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe and curl up with your iPad to flip through Oh, Pioneer!, a really awesome Tumblr we’ve been digging lately. Not feeling enough like autumn for you? Head out to the park in your favorite cozy sweater and jeans and watch the leaves fall.

Pin this to your Fall Inspiration board on Pinterest.

What’s inspiring you this month?

AEO Friends & Family: Andrew W., Digital Media Specialist

AEO Friends & Family: Andrew W., Digital Media Specialist

Meet Andrew W., Digital Media Specialist for AEO. Andrew directs, films, and edits corporate communication videos for our store associates as well as special projects for exclusive use on our social media channels. (Check out his denim videos!) Read on to learn more about Andrew and how he became involved in video production.


American Eagle Outfitters Digital Media Specialist Andrew W

American Eagle Outfitters Digital Media Specialist Andrew W.

How did you get your start at AEO?

I worked at a production company here in Pittsburgh after graduating. They had done some work for AEO before we decided to bring video production in house, so that’s how I knew about it initially. I saw a posting looking for a part-time freelance editor online and jumped on it. Part-time freelance editor eventually turned into full time in all aspects of production.

How did you find your passion for film/video?

It started off just having fun with friends early on, making stop motion videos with stuffed hamsters or filming terrible skateboard tricks. Through high school I used video to create a lot of projects and always really enjoyed creating a story but also trying to pull one over on teachers by making it really awesome visually with no actual educational content. I somehow finagled my way into creating a video for my Trigonometry final.  It had very little to do with math but I got an A. That’s about the same time I began to consider it as career choice.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I get a lot of my inspiration from close friends within the world of film and video. I’ve met a lot of creative people along the way and they really never cease to amaze me with their creativity and ability to think so obscurely, but so defined. Other art forms constantly provide inspiration as well. Photography, fashion, industrial design, and, really, even cooking provides me with inspiration. We live in a really cool, visual world. You just have to be willing to see it that way.

Where is the coolest place you have traveled for AEO?

I’m not very well traveled but I did have an incredible opportunity last year to travel the US and Canada on a tour bus as we filmed some undercover shopping for AEO. It was a crazy experience and I saw a lot of places that I never would have had any reason to go. I think the coolest place on the trip was a visit to the Canadian Rockies. It was just beautiful. The middle of Canada was really interesting, too, because it was just miles upon miles of flat land with a whole lot of snow. Kind of bizarre when you’re used to civilization.


American Eagle Outfitters Digital Media Specialist Andrew W

A shot from Andrew’s Instagram during his Canadian road trip with AEO.


What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of the job is honestly interacting with new people on a regular basis. I find some comfort behind a computer screen when I’m editing, but I really love learning about people and places and things. The blueberry pancakes in the café are also a huge plus.

What is your favorite fit of AEO Jean?

Skinny, through and through. I don’t own any other fits.

What songs have you had on repeat lately?

Houseboat Babies by Reptar seems to always be stuck in my head.

Besides film, what are your other passions or hobbies?

I shoot wedding photography on the weekends. That’s pretty fun since everyone is always super happy and I love to shoot photos. I’m an avid runner and try to cycle when time and weather permits. I recently got into brewing beer so I’ve been spending a lot of my free time doing that. It’s been awesome.  

American Eagle Outfitters Digital Media Specialist Andrew W

Andrew running cross country for Point Park University.


What’s next on your life “to do” list?

Chronologically, I don’t know what’s “next” but I have some long term goals that I’d like to see through sometime in life. On the short list are things like opening a business, travel abroad to check out a live stage of the Tour De France, qualify for the Boston Marathon, get more followers on Instagram, and finish some sort of food challenge. Maybe a pizza challenge. Mmm, pizza.


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