DIY: Camera Brooch


Boring Blazer? Tiresome Trench? Stupid Suit?

No need to rush out for a full-on makeover. Give your stale clothes a splash of character with a DIY Camera Brooch.

All it takes are a few supplies and your kindergarden coloring skills.

You’re just twenty minutes away from adding fashionable flair to your wearisome wardrobe.

Learn How to Make a Camera Brooch


It’ll give any outfit a bit of personality! Plus, when you wear your camera love on your sleeve fellow photographers are bound to abrooch you to strike up a friendship.



  • White shrink plastic
  • Sharpie pens
  • A pencil and eraser
  • Scissors
  • An oven (yes, a toaster oven totally counts)
  • Brooch pin
  • Superglue
  • Varnish (we used Triple Thick)

STEP 1: Quick On the Draw

beforeFirst things first! Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C).

Sketch out your camera on the rough side of the plastic with a pencil. It should measure about 5 inches x 4 inches.

Not a great drawer? Print out a photo of a camera and trace it through the plastic.

STEP 2: Ink it Out

beforeDraw over the pencil sketch with a black sharpie. Then erase your pencil marks.

STEP 3: Coloring Time

beforeColor in your camera with another sharpie or marker pen – bear in mind the color will darken when shrunk and darken some more when varnished!

STEP 4: Snip Snip


Cut the image out ensuring there are no sharp edges.

STEP 5: Now You’re Cooking

before*Get a heavy book and have it on standby.*

Now, place the picture on parchment paper on a baking tray.

Put it in the oven and watch as it curls and bends about. Don’t worry, it will flatten out!

STEP 6: Smoosh

beforeYou’ll know it’s done when it stops shrinking and wiggling, and it lies flat on the paper.

Remove it from the oven and immediately place your li’l cam underneath that heavy book. Press down to ensure your brooch has a nice flat finish.

STEP 7: Rise and Shine

beforeOnce your brooch has cooled down under the book, it’s time to make it shine.

Varnish the plastic with a nice coat of gloss varnish.

STEP 8: Get Pinned

beforeUse super glue to glue the brooch pin onto the back.

Leave it to dry (no, really do, or it will go all wonky) and you’re good to go. Lovely!

Taking It Further


  • Hole-punch the image before baking to turn your camera into a little keyring or pendant.
  • Glue your shrunken cam onto a barrette or bobby pin to snazz up a hair-do.
  • Change up your drawings to build up a whole collection of mini vintage cameras.