DIY Fringe Camera Strap
By Priscilla Castro

When it comes to summer, you want to make sure everything is picture perfect. We're folks that like to pay attention to the details, and that includes our shooting equipment as well. As of late, we've been obsessing with Kate Spade's newsest Moroccan-inspired collection, and we had to tap into some of their designs for this quick creation. Grab some yarn and some hot glue and get ready to hit the road with this adorable and chic KS-inspired camera strap! Whether you're getting ready for a big trip, or just enjoying a walk in your neighborhood, your pictures aren't the only thing that's gonna look great next time you take your camera out for a spin.

materials
  • camera strap
  • yarn, various colors
  • hot glue gun
  • 10-20 tassels, depending on how many tassels you want to attach

Okay - it's obvious that we like to draw a lot of inspiration from designers like Kate Spade. We've tackled a few DIYs inspired by them like these super cute monogram wallets we created last month and these and fabulous glitter heels. Of course, we had to make more, and we got a burst of inspiration with their current travel-inspired collection and decided to do our own take on Kate Spade's mix it up fringe purse strap by making our very own DIY camera strap.

Step 1: Gather up your tassels! We saved some money by buying leftover curtain trim at the fabric store and then cutting the tassels off of the trim. We also removed the beads at the top for a lighter look. You could also just get a bunch of individual tassels online or in the trimmings section of the fabric store. Once you have your tassels all set, use a needle and thread to sew them onto the camera strap. Pro Tip: you can use the hole that was already made in the seam on the strap and just poke right through with your needle and thread. Leave a little bit of string at the top of the tassel so it hangs loosely at the side.

Step 2: Start to wrap your yarn! Place a small dot of hot glue on the back side of the camera strap and put the end of the yarn in the glue so it's secure to the back. Then wrap the yarn around the strap continuously and alternate the colors you have for your desired pattern. When you switch colors, hot glue the end of the yarn and continue wrapping around the strap. You want the wrapped yarn to be snug but not tight (too tight and the strap won't bend right), but not too loose or it might get snagged on stuff later. Pro Tip: You can also use the hot glue and tap-down the ends of the strings that are holding the tassels on as an extra layer of security.

Step 3: When you get to the end of the strap, tie off the last wrap of yarn and tuck the loose end underneath the wrapped yarn in the back. No need to glue here- it should hold just fine with a double knot!

And just like that, you can turn around a plain leather camera strap and give it a spring upgrade. Not only will your pictures look good, but you'll look good taking them too! Show us what you came up with by tagging us on Instagram and use #bemakeful!

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Priscilla Castro

As a creative, you can often hear Priscilla say "I can make that!" This Los Angeles native has let her creative guide wear many hats in her career, as a writer, strategist, photographer, and DIYer, especially when it comes to fun projects for her mini-schnazuer Ellie and her room. When she's not creating, you can find her at a local show or taking a weekend roadtrip away from the city.

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