DIY Camera Strap From A Belt

For about as long as I’ve had my camera, I’ve been meaning to replace the strap that came with it. Cute straps are kind of tough to find, though, and pretty expensive. But you can convert an old belt into a camera strap that’s easy to switch out whenever you feel like a change. I can’t wait to scrounge up a couple of cheap belts and make a few more. It’s the time of year for spring cleaning, so maybe you’ve got an old belt in the back of your closet you never wear, or perhaps you can find a friend or family member who’s cleaning out their closets, and offer to take their belts off their hands. Sturdy old leather belts are just perfect for this project, and a great way to recycle.
DIY interchangeable camera strap

DIY interchangeable camera strap

Materials:
Belt, long enough between the holes and buckle to replace your current strap (about 34″ for me)
Scissors
Rivet kit
Hammer or mallet
Measuring tape
D-rings (you want ones that will fit snugly on your belt)
Split rings (12 mm size)
Keychain lobster clasps
Marker
Leather punch (optional)
Pliers (optional)
DIY interchangeable camera strap

1. Remove the old camera strap, and attach a lobster clasp to a split ring, then attach the split ring to the camera. Every camera model is slightly different, but I was able to attach split rings to both my Nikon DSLR and my roommate’s Canon DSLR (pictured). Important: USE SPLIT RINGS, NOT JUMP RINGS. Split rings are much stronger and more reliable than jump rings!
DIY interchangeable camera strap
2. Remove the buckle from the end of your belt by either unpicking the stitching, or just cutting it off. Measure your belt, and mark where you’ll add the D-rings.
DIY interchangeable camera strap
3. Use the leather punch (or an awl) to make small holes for your rivets in the leather. If you’re at all worried about the strength of your rivets, you can use two or even three. Repeat on the other end of the belt, or you may just be able to use the already-existing belt holes.
DIY interchangeable camera strap
4. Wrap the belt around your D-ring, lining up the two holes.
DIY interchangeable camera strap
5. Add the rivets according to the instructions on your kit. Mine came with two parts, a setter (the stick), and an anvil. I just lined up the pieces and gave it a couple of taps with a hammer to set the rivets. Repeat on the other end of the belt.
DIY interchangeable camera strap

DIY interchangeable camera strap
DIY interchangeable camera strap
6. Use the scissors to trim excess leather from the ends of the belt.
DIY interchangeable camera strap
7. Clip the lobster clasps to the D-rings. Now you can easily switch out your strap whenever you feel like it.
DIY interchangeable camera strap
DIY interchangeable camera strap

4 thoughts on “DIY Camera Strap From A Belt

  1. Kristin Montoya says:

    This is awesome! Exactly what I was looking for in terms of simple (no sew), cheap and chic! Do you have a rough estimate of how much this cost you (the supplies, excluding the belt)? Thanks for the great tutorial and photos! 😀

    • Kristin, thanks, glad you like it! As far as cost goes, I’m just estimating, since I had a lot of this stuff on hand already, but I think you should be able to get the supplies for around $10 or $15, excluding the belt. Good luck with yours!

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