How To: Make a Camera Tripod Replacement with Camera Phone Mount

Make a Camera Tripod Replacement with Camera Phone Mount

Materials

  • 1 2-liter bottle or large water bottle
  • A small amount of thin scrap wood (sanded)
  • Glasses or 2 hinges that can be tightened
  • 1/4 inch nut and bolt (A 1/4 inch nut and bolt fits most cameras. If it doesn't, find one that does.)
  • 1 or 2 (2 gives more support) clamps
  • water
  • strong glue
  • nails

Tools

  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Heavy duty clippers
  • Sandpaper
  • Scissors

Step 1 Create camera stabilizer.

Cut the wrapper off of the bottle (I used a V8 Fusion bottle). Drill a 1/4 inch hole in the cap and glue the bolt in facing up. Once this dries, fill the bottle up with water and you have a camera stabilizer.

Step 2 Make camera phone mount.

Cut 2 pieces of thin wood, about 1/3 inch thick, as long as your camera phone, and 3 inches wide. The second piece should be about 2 1/2 inches wide.

How to Make a Camera Tripod Replacement with Camera Phone Mount

Step 3 Cut glasses.

Cut the glasses (skip this step if you have a hinge), so you only have the hinge and the long part, like in the picture. Sand it down so it isn't sharp.

How to Make a Camera Tripod Replacement with Camera Phone Mount

Step 4 Glue hinge.

Glue the long part of the glasses hinges, or just a side of the hinges, to the larger piece of scrap wood. Tighten the hinge as much as possible; it may be carrying a large amount of weight.

How to Make a Camera Tripod Replacement with Camera Phone Mount

Step 5 Glue wood.

Glue the other piece of wood to the smaller part of the hinge. Most of the wood should be over the side of the hinge, to allow it to move more.

How to Make a Camera Tripod Replacement with Camera Phone Mount

Step 6 Glue clamp.

Glue the bottom half of the clamp to the bottom side of the smaller piece of wood.

Step 7 Add backboard (optional).

You can add a backboard made out of wood to the mount for more support, but I didn't. You can spray paint it if you want.

Step 8 Enjoy!

Screw either the camera phone mount or your camera to the bottle cap. Tighten the clamp on your camera phone. Be creative!

1 Comment

Talk about a MacGyver'd solution! I love how you even provide instructions for using the arms of an old pair of glasses if you don't have a hinge.

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