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Making an Instant Camera from Popsicle Sticks

If you've got quite the sweet tooth like me and love instant photography as well, here's a project you can do that covers the best of both worlds!

Photo from Maxim Grew

Instant photography is one of the most interesting things about analogue photography, but due to the cost of instant film, it is also one of the most expensive. One way to lower the cost of shooting instant though, is to make your own camera! It sounds really complicated, but Maxim Grew has detailed his process of making one below!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Instant Film (Fuji-FP 100C works best)
  • A lens and a instant film holder
  • Adhesive (glue gun or super glue)
  • Rulers
  • Black tape (Gaffer’s tape recommended but not required)
  • Black construction paper
  • Scissors/cutters
  • And a buttload of popsicle sticks

This is a time-lapse video on how to make the camera. Follow closely!

Here’s the end result! Let us know if you do decide to try it out!

Photo from Maxim Grew

written by cruzron


  1. freakoftheweek


    Fantastic Video and Camera!

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  2. saskiaboer


    moh so coool!

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  3. mafiosa


    Maxim-um Impressive!!! ;)

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  4. sir_walsingham

    WOW, two thumbs up, very impressive !!!
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  6. gauthierdumonde


    Super Great !!

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  7. pearlgirl77


    wow.. great !

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  8. dcs1000wordsphotography


    What kind of lens did you use? And how did you know how long to make the bellows for it? I'm attempting to make plans for a medium format camera that will use enlarging paper, as I have over 250 sheets lying around, and no use for them(took a photo course, wound up with quite a bit of extra paper).
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  9. janggeungulk

    It's really good,can I make these same using <a href=" http://www.fevikwik.in">Instant Adhesive Glue</a>
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