DIY – Braided belt camera strap

recycled belt camera strap diy

I really wanted a new camera strap for my camera. The original Canon strap just doesn’t do it for me. I mean it’s kind of boring. Besides that it’s like running around with a big advertising sign around my neck. I found a braided leather belt at the thrift store and thought it could be a great camera strap! So today I’m going to show you how to make a fabulous camera strap from a braided belt.

Learn how to make this braided belt camera strap after the jump. . .

recycled belt camera strap diy

What you need for this braided belt camera strap

– braided belt from the thrift store
– two jump rings
– 16 inch of ribbon
– textile glue
– scissors
– clothes pins

recycled belt camera strap diy

How to  make this fabulous braided belt camera strap

First you need to cut off the ends of the belt. You need a braided belt that is kept together by two pieces of leather sewn at the ends. cut open the end so you will be able to put the leather inside the belt. Cut the ribbon in two straps of 8 inch. Fold in two and put some glue between the ends to keep it together. Also put some glue between the leather at the ends and place the ribbon between the leather. Use clothes pins to keep it in place. When the glue is completely dry you can remove the clothes pins. Use the jump rings to attach your new braided belt camera strap to your camera.


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    May 17, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Cool tutorial, I’ll have to try this!

    I have a question though: Aren’t jump rings a bit unsafe to use? If you have a heavy camera hanging on them they could easily open. I guess I’d rather use those keychain-rings or maybe clasps instead.

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    June 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Hey there! I loved this idea and your blog so I posted it on mine, Cookies with Cronkite. This DIY is featured in my TOP TEN PICKS ON CRAFTGAWKER post. I provided a link to your post and blog as well! Hope you don’t mind! Click the link if you want to see what other ideas made the post!!

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    July 13, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Thank you for a great tip!

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    December 26, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Is the glue enough to hold the camera? I’d worry about the glue failing and my D800 hitting the floor…

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