hi there! i am excited to share with you a new project i made this week. it’s scary doing DIYs for the first time (sometimes it can be a disaster in the experimenting stages!) but this one worked out even better than i’d imagined. here’s my idea for giving your cute plastic ‘toy’ cameras a makeover….
i’ve been collecting plastic cameras for a few years now. Holga, Polaroid, Lomo and Diana are just a few of the ‘toy’ cameras that have become so popular for their unpredictable and perfectly imperfect photos. recently i decided to start collection blue cameras because i want to do a home decor display with them when they aren’t in use.
the Holga was a gift (so sweet) and the lomo super sampler is a recent eBay purchase. i scored a great deal because the camera was used and in pretty bad cosmetic shape (although it still works perfectly!).
choosing the right paint is the most important part of this DIY. i used indoor/outdoor craft paint. it is very inexpensive and can be purchased at most craft stores. here are some brands that i’ve tried….
it took me about three coats of paint (dying completely between each coat) to put a ‘base color’ on my cameras. i used a tiny brush to do the edging on the Holga (i always prefer to use a small brush over taping edges off, but that would work too). Next, I added the flower design (and my name… i couldn’t resist!) to the Holga and a cute little heart to the Lomo. i gave them 24 hours to dry, just to be safe! 🙂