Creative projects can extend beyond film experiments and adventures, sometimes they take the form of crafts. Keeping yourself busy is a good way to pass the time and discover something exciting. Channel that creative energy into something worth doing, like a DIY camera wrist strap!
In this tutorial, we'll show you how to make an adjustable camera wrist strap with a length of paracord. Parachute cord or "paracord" as it's more commonly known is a highly durable material used in making parachutes. They withstand incredible stress and can support a lot of weight without the added bulk.
Before you get started, you'll be needing these materials:
- 9-10 feet (274-304cm) of 550 paracord
- a lighter
- a pair of scissors
- tape (optional)
Now, on to making the strap...
1. Find the middle of your cord.
Measure 10 inches from the tip down. This will serve as your loop so you can attach the strap to your camera's d-ring or split ring.
2. Get a piece of tape and firmly stick it to your table top.
You can do this freehand but it's easier to control the cord this way since it won't wiggle around and get out of place. Thread the right end of your paracord into the loop you created and go left. Afterwards, do the same with the left end of your cord and go right. This will create a sort of loop at the bottom. That is where you'll be placing your arm. Find the right fit for you and adjust it accordingly.
3. Now that they are both through the loop, get the cord on your right and go over the two cords in the middle.
Now, using your left cord, go under the right cord and thread it into the loop you just created. This will lock your strap in place. Pull both ends tightly
4. The pattern you just created is called the cobra stitch or solomon knot.
Do the same pattern again only this time, you start with the left cord instead of the right. Get the left cord and go over your two middle cords forming a loop on the left side. Get your right cord and go under the left cord and thread it into the loop you just created. Pull both ends and close it tightly.
5. This should be the pattern of your weave after a few repetitions.
It looks a bit like a snake's underbelly, hence the name 'cobra stitch.'
6. As you finish up weaving, you'll be left with a little bit of cord on both sides of the weave.
Pull both ends tightly and snip and singe the ends using your scissors and lighter. Make sure you don't burn the other parts of your weave.
7. You're almost done!
All that's left to do is thread the end of your paracord strap through your camera's d-ring or split ring to form a cow's hitch. This is a secure way to attach your camera to your strap.
See how easy that was? Say goodbye to mini heart attacks when you accidentally lose grip of your camera. This camera strap will cling to your precious shooter 100% of the time. DIY projects are quite relaxing if you think about it. You get to focus your energy on something productive and creative! But if DIY isn't your thing or you just want options, you can go to the Online Shop to get a readily available camera strap. Choose among many different designs and materials to match your style.
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