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)
• Needle nose pliers
• Rubber or wooden mallet
• Leather cord
Step One: Gather your supplies.
Supplies for DIY Personalized Camera Strap
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.
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.
Prepare to remove the excess from the belt.
Step Four: Cut each edge along the line.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The finished product.