Chevron Holga Camera D.I.Y.

Chevron holga DIYLast year I designed this chevron holga camera for my shop! It was tons of fun and since we no longer produce them for the shop I thought I'd teach you how to make your very own. Holga cameras are classic toy cameras that take charming, unpredictable and imperfect photos. They are inexpensive and famous for beautiful "light leaks" that make photos special. They're one of my favorite toy cameras! Enjoy…

Chevron camera stepsHere's how we painted our Holga: 1. Supplies needed- Holga Plastic Camera, masking tape, indoor/outdoor paint, paint brush, acrylic sealer (optional). 2. Tape off your camera in a chevron pattern! 3. Paint the exposed face of your camera. Be sure to use a small brush for detailed, clean edges. Repeat with more coats of paint if you need to. 4. Remove tape and touch up edges of the lines. Use a coat of acrylic sealer if you want for extra protection! ♥ 

Geometric bird holga

I painted a bunch of Holga cameras for my wedding. I used these same supplies and method and added some handpainted details too! I hope you have fun painting your very own Holga camera! It's fun having a one-of-a-kind camera. XO. elsie

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  • Thank you so much for this DIY. Check out my result: http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/p480x480/538095_4099670973377_1330981539_3830739_1251189057_n.jpg

    So pretty 🙂

  • I was just looking through your inspiring DIYs in search of a new project- funny enough I just painted my holga! The geometric vibrant print that I created is making my holga and me very happy!
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  • The chevron stripes makes for too much cuteness! Awesome tutorial, would try this soon. 🙂

  • Love it! Sometimes it seems like you are too full of amazing ideas for one person 😉

  • Hey! I’d never seen this type of camera before, and I love the effect it gives, I’m looking on amazon (uk) and what one would you suggest to buy?
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_8_12?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=holga+cameras&sprefix=holga+camera%2Celectronics%2C258
    Would you suggest a starter kit, or not, or to buy all the film and batteries and tape separately! I’m not a pro in this area and would really appreciate your help! I’m thinking it would be a great 18th birthday present 😉 I’ll be letting the family know!!
    Thanks 🙂

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  • Get your modified Holgas or have yours modified here:
    I also always have spare bodies to practice on or to change the look of your Holga.
    http://www.holgamods.com

  • Where in the world did you get that many Holga cameras? On discount right? Just wondering. Looking to have a little lomo fun.

  • Holga’s are a cheap plasic film camera that can produce some great vintage and creative results from the plastic lens. Probably best to use them in the day in good lighting but it depends on the film you buy..

    Great medium format camera. just dont expect pin sharp pictures, expect the odd light leak, but each holga is as individual is you so nice idea.

    Find out more at:
    http://www.holgadirect.com

    Peter
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  • what a great idea! I found an Old Navy toy camera that is black, red, and blue. I love it, but changing the color would be awesome.

  • AMAZING IDEA ! I WISH I COULD THINK ABOUT THAT EARLIER : D

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  • great tips and the camera design looks awesome!

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  • Cute!
    Painted Holga cameras on your wedding… What a great idea!?! 🙂

    p.s. – I have a little GIVEAWAY on my site.

  • I’m getting married in August, and have been looking for the perfect point-and-shoot to have at the tables. I love how you customized them, I’m going to keep my eye out for Holgas at the thrift stores!

    I noticed in your last post and in this one, you refer to the camera as a ‘toy camera.’ What exactly do you mean? Thanks!

  • The bird on Katie’s camera is a cute little personal touch!

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  • Neat idea. Adds a simple touch of personality to an otherwise mediocre camera.
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  • This looks too cute ! love it 🙂

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  • Gosh have not seen one of these in such a long time, feels so surreal. I really like what you have done – very kitsch!

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  • I’m thinking I may need to find myself one of these cameras and alter it too! Great idea 🙂

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  • *I adore this* I just sent in my Holga film to have developed* I’m so excited to see the outcome* I have a Pink Holga camera with Owl stickers on it… I love what you have done with these* Very Unique* xoxo♥

  • wow,the diy looks amazing!
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  • What a cute idea! i love the yellow and white version at the bottom
    in dramatic fashion

  • I’ve seen them here in australia at a stationary shop, but they’re not cheap…. Still want one though 🙂

  • This is such a cute idea- plus I love how you could make any design /colours!Thanks for sharing!

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    x

  • You’re so full of original ideas! How cute!!!! … How did you make Katie’s Holga?

  • Bonjour!
    I do love this post! Actually I’m so fan of all your blog.
    Me too I’m trying to customize my camera (Diana F+). For now I’m just using cute roller tapes. I like so much the little bird on the Holga.
    By the way I’m a really new blogger, and I recently read your advices about having a blog. I think I’ll use the “10 things I like…”
    Thank you so much for your blog, it’s full a creativity. I enjoy it a lot.
    Have a nice weekend, bisous from France xx

  • What a great idea! I’ve been thinking about buying a Holga and wanted to get a fancy, colourful one… but you’re right, why not just make my own? Thanks for that!!

  • Re-fashioning a camera is such a good idea… Gotta try it one day and give one of my cameras more fancy and outstanding look. Thanks a lot for inspiration!

  • Ohh, this truly looks wonderful! I’ve recently gotten into film – and use a Holga too! They are so pretty, and I’m trying to not use up my film too quickly – though it sure is tempting!

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  • I love that you added the little birds too, great touch! I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to paint any of my cameras lol.

    Have you seen the new Lomo Sardina range? I think you’d love it!

  • How cute! I love adding hand painted details to personalize things! This year for Christmas I hand painted my gifts, they were a big hit with the fam

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  • What a great blog u have there! Love the colors! Thank you for sharing your beautiful life!

  • How can you have so many beautiful ideas?
    Awesome job girlll 🙂

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  • Oh! I haven’t heard of a Holga cameras till now! I love this idea of personalising your own camera to bits! Too cute!

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  • I wish I could try this!! SO LOVE THAT!

    xo
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  • Thanks for sharing this!! I love the camera in your shop, so it is sweet of you to share the DIY! xo

  • this is super cute. i hadn’t even heard of a holga camera before lol but i love the idea.

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  • I’ve never heard of this type of camera…intrigued! Pinning for wedding idea!

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  • A Holga camera has been on my wishlist for far too long! Thanks for sharing this adorable idea! 🙂

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  • Totally cute. I have a hand-me-down Holga that could use some love. This is perfect!

    Kate 🙂

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  • So cute! It reminds me of the ones at Urban Outfitters right now.

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  • One of my new year’s resolutions is to take at least 10 new photos every day (photography is super intimidating to me!). Any tips on diving into a Holga for a beginner?

  • I love Holga cameras. Do you think you’ll ever share some of your shots? I would love to see them! 🙂

  • adorable idea. i love the little bird sitting on the camera in the last photograph!

  • This is such a cute idea. I have a Holga at home that I can try this on. Thanks for sharing– I always admired the ones you had in your shop.

  • I wish I had a Holga to dress up! The cameras from your wedding are perfect. What a great idea :]

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