Making an Instant Camera from Popsicle Sticks

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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 on 2013-06-28 #videos #gear #tutorials #tipster #instant-film #diy

8 Comments

  1. freakoftheweek
    freakoftheweek ·

    Fantastic Video and Camera!

  2. saskiaboer
    saskiaboer ·

    moh so coool!

  3. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Maxim-um Impressive!!! ;)

  4. sir_walsingham
    sir_walsingham ·

    WOW, two thumbs up, very impressive !!!

  5. opon21
    opon21 ·

    genius

  6. gauthierdumonde
    gauthierdumonde ·

    Super Great !!

  7. pearlgirl77
    pearlgirl77 ·

    wow.. great !

  8. dcs1000wordsphotography
    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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