27.11.15

christmas with the crew || diy polaroid cameras


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hey guys, today i'm gonna be showing you how to make these super cute polaroid cameras for your dolls! beginning today, i'm starting a new christmas series called "christmas with the crew"—basically from now until christmas, i'll be posting holiday themed tutorials, gift ideas for those special dolls in your life, and even some christmas themed photo stories (yeah i know wow maddie's making photo stories it's a miracle). i'll still have my usual photo/lyric posts up, but they probably won't be as frequent—i'm thinking maybe once every other week? i'll have a christmas with the crew post up once a week, so that should keep posts coming in at a steady rate. 

anyways.

let's get started, shall we?

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what you need



1.) some sort of air-dry modeling clay. i use crayola's model magic, but i don't really think it matters.
2.) a washable marker in your choice of color. this is optional, as you could make a camera in white or any other color, but the fujifilm polaroid i based these off of are known for coming in pastels so i recommend blending your own colors.
3.) two clear beads to make the flash. this, too, is optional, but it adds a realistic touch to the camera.
4.) a black felt tip marker to draw on the details.
5.) a notebook/flat surface to work on. personally, my desk is wood and has a wood grain running through it so i like to put a piece of paper or a notebook on top of it when i work with clay to keep it smooth.


step one- blend your clay and marker together to create a good pastel color. don't add too much at one time, as you don't want to make the color too dark. remember that you can always add more, but can't take it out. this process may take a while.


step two- once you have reached a good color in your eyes, take about a third of your chunk and set it off to the side in a sealed bag (to keep it from hardening). this big chunk will be the main body of the camera.


step three- gently mold your larger chunk of clay into the square-like shape shown above. polaroid cameras are slightly thinner at the top, so be sure to angle the sides inwards, but don't make it too sharp.


step four- take out your remaining chunk of clay and take about a third of the smaller chunk off like you did with your original piece. with the larger of the two, roll it out into a cylindrical shape to be the grip. gently attach the grip to the body. you shouldn't need to apply much pressure.


step five- roll the final piece of clay into a ball and then gently press it into a short cylinder to be the lens. attach it to the body of the camera like you did with the grip.


step six- carefully press the two clear beads into the body where the flash would be on the real camera.


step seven- finally, let your camera dry. once it's dry, draw on the tiny details as shown (ex; shutter release button, lens opening, etc.), and you're done!

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these tiny polaroid cameras make great gifts for your dolls, but can also be easily made into  a keychain for humans. they're super simple and very cute, and i look forward to seeing if any of you guys decide to make some. :) if you do, leave a link to a post showing off your new camera or email me a picture at dollsonmymind.official@gmail.com. have a great night, guys!

-m

15 comments:

  1. That's super cute! Like...I don't have a doll but that's just really freaking cute. XD

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  2. LOVE IT! Gahhhh your crafts are always so cute.

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    1. thanks so much, ellie!

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  3. Those are amazing! I've got to make some for my dolls. :)

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  4. These are absolutely adorable! I want a real one! :)

    Allie D.
    www.spreadingmyjoy.blogspot.com
    www.alliesblogdesigns.blogspot.com

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    1. thanks allie! haha, me too—but i've gotta finish saving up for a new dslr first. ;) oh well, these are pretty cheap—the film is what makes them expensive.

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  5. THESE ARE SO CUTE AHHHHHHHH
    I will be making these!

    ~J

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  6. I MADE ONE AS SOON AS I READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. I DIDN'T GET PICS OF IT BECAUSE MY CAMERA DIED ON ME (like normal, it's old) BUT I STILL MADE ONE.

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    1. cool! if you still want to share a photo of it once your camera's all charged up, i'd love to see. :)

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  7. This is a great idea, I have to make it! :)

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  8. Oh my gosh,this is so cute!
    I'll have to make one
    ~Yali

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  9. Wow. Me loves. Have. To. Make! Love!
    - Orleansagdoll

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