Posted On June 13, 2007

Filed under Kids, Papercrafts, Recycling

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I don’t know about your kids, but mine are fascinated with cameras and taking pictures. Perhaps it has something to do with their mother shoving a camera in their faces all the time. Maybe there’s some other reason. I don’t know. But they all love taking pictures — even my little bitty thing. Of course, I’d prefer she not touch any of the cameras, since she’s 2.5 years old and a little rough on her toys, never mind a digital (read: fragile) camera.

That’s what makes this nifty craft idea so much fun — and perfect for little hands.

Have you seen the print advertising for the new Nikon d40?

The magazine ads I’ve seen include a die-cut camera that’s the same size as the actual camera. It’s actually pretty nifty. But the niftiest thing about it is that it’s the perfect size for a child. And with a couple of modifications, it makes a slightly more durable plaything:

Remove the camera from the ad and peel off all the adhesive.

Use a craft knife or small pair of scissors to cut out a window from the back side’s “viewfinder” through the front of the camera.

If desired, you can cut a picture (from a magazine ad or maybe an old photograph) the same size as the “LCD screen” on the back of the camera and tape it down.

Use Contac paper, laminating sheets or a Xyron with double-sided laminate cartridge to encase the “camera.” Trim around the camera, leaving a thin border of laminate so it remains sealed.

Voila! A nearly instant, cheap camera! If you want, you could even hole -punch the sides and string a ribbon through to make a camera “neckstrap” for the proud owner.


5 Responses to “Click!”

  1. heidi

    what a cute idea…now where did i put that people magazine…hmmmm.

  2. Jen

    Omigosh –

    I just got one of those in my real simple magazine and my son started to play with it and then I threw it away. Maybe another magazine will have one, eh?

  3. Stephanie

    You are so clever! Alaina has been carrying that thing around for days but I never took it to that next step! What a creative mama you are!

  4. Jessica Chapman

    Cool! :))))))

  5. Sarah

    I will have to look for that ad. Jack is camera obsessed. He must have 20 of them by now.

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