This Hipster Toy Camera is the perfect project to make kids happy this summer!  It is  a fun kids activity that will keep kids wanting to be artistic and creative all summer long.  If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! From making Flower Bubble Wands to a DIY Stenciled Cork Board  you will find fun creative ideas!

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Hello, Skip to My Lou readers! I’m Marigold and I have a little blog on the other side of the Internet called Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! where I share my love of DIY and working with my hands. You’ll find craft and simple sewing projects there for kids and adults that are quirky, fun, artful and functional. I’m excited to be here today for the Fun Crafts for Kids series to share my Hipster Toy Camera with a changeable “digital” photo display on the back. Here we go!

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Small black jewelry box, approx. 4” x 4” x 1”
Duct tape (silver, blue)
30” grosgrain ribbon
Jar lid (hazelnut spread, peanut butter, etc.)
Water bottle lid
Black permanent marker
3.5” x 3.5” clear acetate sheet or plastic pouch
3” x 3” photos or drawings on cardstock
Craft knife
Hot glue or strong craft glue



Start with a small square box. I used a jewelry box, but any box that’s about 4” square will work. Glue it shut and paint it black (or desired color), if it isn’t already. Put a piece of silver duct tape across the top, overlapping the edges.


Glue a 30” piece of grosgrain ribbon to the sides to make a neck strap. Duct tape along the top edge of the box, covering the ribbon ends and making a silver stripe around the entire top of the box.


To make the lens, place a couple of pieces of duct tape over the jar lid. Use a sharp craft knife to cut off excess tape to make a circle “lens.”


Glue the lens to the center front of the box. Use a black permanent marker to draw lens details and a viewfinder. Glue a water bottle lid to the top as a shutter.


Flip the camera over and cover the back with silver duct tape.


Place the clear acetate sheet or pouch on the back and tape down the sides and bottom. Tip: cut a small half-circle notch in the top of the pouch/acetate to make it easier for little fingers to slide photos in and out.

That’s it! Your Hipster Toy Camera is ready for play! Switch out printed photos, or draw pictures on 3” x 3” cardstock.

Thanks so much to Cindy for inviting me over today to join in on this fun series! I hope you enjoyed this project and you’ll pop over to Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! for more craft and simple sew ideas. You can start with some reader favorites like my Crayon Teeth Monster Art Totes and my Reversible Cape Tutorial. I’m also currently hosting the Summer of No Pants, a handmade style series about wearing skirts and dresses all summer. I hope to see you over there! And be sure to follow me across social media, where I share even more on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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  1. Such a cute idea. I love that you are re-using old stuff.


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