Monday, June 20, 2011

Camera Lens Pal- Making Kids Smile- A tutorial


One of the hardest things about photography can be making children smile, and/or to getting them to look at the camera, enter the Camera Lens Pal. This wonderful little guy slips over my lens giving the kids something to look and smile at. So far, he has been a big hit and the best part? He cost about $2 and took about 15 minutes to make. Here's how.


You will need:
a stuffed animal (a hand puppet is the easiest one to work with but you can make others work too)
scrunchie in the color of your animal
needle
thread
cup

I bought both items from the dollar store. There was a whole bin of small stuffed animals in the toy section. Look for animals that have hands and feet such as this elephant, this will let your animal surround the camera lens. A animal without limbs, like a dolphin or snake won't have the same effect.
First cut out the center of your animal, leave enough fabric on the top, bottom and around the arms that you can sew it to the scrunchie. About an inch or so of fabric is adequate.
Find a cup about the size of your camera lens, you can use your actual lens if you need to but it is slightly easier with the cup. Stretch your elastic over the cup and then wrap your stuffed animal around the cup until it looks they way you want it and pin. Hand sew the your animal to the elastic, making sure to catch both the front piece of fabric on your animal and the one on the back. Leave the elastic wrapped around the cup while you sew will ensure that your animal looks the way you want it too when it is on your lens.
If you want, you can repeat the process with the feet of your animal. I think a pal would look cute both ways and leaving off the feet with save you a little bit of time. Although, I do think it is completely darling to have the complete animal hanging around your camera.
Add to your camera lens and use to get those kiddos smiling.

I love my elephant, what kind of animal would you use to accessorize your camera?

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30 comments:

affectioknit said...

What a good idea! really cute!

Kari said...

I LOVE THIS! We recently had a photographer use a duck one and it actually worked and got my little ones to smile! Thanks so much for sharing!

Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

WOW!! So genius!!! And not to mention SUPER cute!! Found you thru Ucreate! Thanks for sharing!!

We are hosting a link party called “Help a Momma Out” every Tuesday! This would be an awesome link up for other momma's out there ! I would appreciate if you'd add it. Thanks in advance for your consideration :)

Kristine
www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

Kim and Corey Nasfell said...

Super genius!! I'm definitely going to be making several of these!!

Cook Clean Craft said...

How adorable! Unfortunately, I'm strangely uncomfortable cutting into stuffed toys so I won't be able to make one for my camera!

Carol said...

Cute, cute, cute! I do have one question--maybe a dumb one. How do you see to take the picture? Isn't the viewfinder covered up?

Three on Grove said...

That is totally awesome. I will be making one this summer. Thanks for the crafty inspiration!

Lorene (just Lu) said...

Remember how this was and is awesome? And way easier than making your own animal and sewing it to the scrunchie? Yeah, good times :)

Sean said...

MR ELEPHANT NOOOOOO

Johnnie said...

Genius! Stopping by from Craftomaniac Hop. New follower! Blessings… Saved By Love Creations

Heather said...

What a great idea! My friend just started working as a professional photographer, I'm going to show her this idea. Please think about adding your blog to our directory, it's free! :) Heather at 500dollarwedding.blogspot.com

Amy said...

I love this and can't wait to make one for my photography!!! Thanks for the great tutorial!!

Tina said...

I love elephants! I bought one of those puppets a few months ago for something else, but can't find them now! I will be on a Dollar Tree hunt for him because this is just too cute, and elephants are the best!

Rossyl said...

so very inventive....u rock

leslie said...

I think this is a very cute idea!! but, I am with the other comment I don't get how you see to take the picture.

Do you set it up and then put the animal on it? Or I know with my rebel you can use the LCD screen but it is difficult to get pulled up and goes away after one shot...

please do explain :)

Debra said...

I am happy to explain! On an SLR camera what you see through the viewfinder is actually coming through the lens. Since this little pal goes around the lens, it doesn't block anything and you can see just fine!

Mommyof2girlz said...

Love, love, love! Thank you for sharing the tut with us!

Monica @ Equipping Catholic Families said...

really cool idea! Thanks for sharing!

kasia said...

really great idea! I pinned it. Too bad that we do not have dollar stores here. Well I guess I will have to go to the 15 dollar store:)
and make this cutie for my friends baby - my little one (2.5)poses already:) the little princess. Thank you for sharing

Melissa said...

This is awesome! We do some photography on the side and would definitely use this :) Thanks for sharing!!

Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

THANK YOU so much for linking up to Help a Momma Out Tuesday!! We appreciate it!! This idea fits perfectly ;)

Kristine
www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

Sharra Lynn said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE, so much better than some I have seen for sale. This will be a great addition to my studio.

jeannine said...

i love this! so easy! I think I would add a noise maker - some kind of bell or squeaky - maybe inside the hands? to get kids to look up at the camera.

Andrea S. said...

Genious! Thank you so much for the step-by-step tutorial. I definitely want to try this out!

Anonymous said...

Do you know if it affects your white balance? I think it's a great idea.... maybe if you custom set it? I think the scrunchie would cover the meter? Just thinking out loud :)

p*ssedoffMoM said...

Great tutorial! I probably should have read it again before dissecting the stuff animals I bought for this project!!! Maybe I should have just bought mine...at least my daughter and I had a good laugh.

Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles said...

LOVE this!! It's so easy and the result is great! Thank you for sharing!

Debi @ Life Currents said...

This is a great idea! So cute and so do-able! My little niece will laugh! Forwarding to my SIL now. Thanks!

Pam @ The Birch Cottage said...

This is really clever! Thanks for sharing on The Living with Style Linky Party!

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