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DIY Vintage Camera Tripod Lamp

Having a lamp in California is a must have. Most the apartments I have lived in here don’t have lighting in the living room or the bedroom. I had purchase a couple of lamps but they always seem to break the first month I purchase them. Since I am moving yet again and I need new lamps, I decided to make my very own vintage camera tripod lamps to add a little bit of vintage flare to my home. 
 

I know I say this all the time but this DIY camera tripod lamp is super easy and can be made in just one weekend. 
 Here is what you are going to need to do your tripod lamp.
  • wooden tripod
  • vintage camera ( I got a Agfa box camera and Kodak pony 135)
  • lamp rewiring kit
  • 5/16 bolt
  • black yarn
  • screw driver
  • Edison light bulb (home depot)
I began by putting together the lamp rewiring lamp. However, I still got my hubby to do it for me, hehe.
The lamp kit is super easy to wire and it comes with step by step instructions. Once the kit was completed I started to cover the wire with black yarn.
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 I don’t know why but it took me an entire night to cover the wire but I guess I was a little distracted watching t.v most of the time. So it might not take you as long as it did for me. 
If you are wondering where to get vintage cameras, I have found that ebay is my best friend you can all ways find good deals. I got this two vintage cameras for $13.50. Both cameras were being sold as parts because they are not in working condition. I did not want to buy a vintage camera that was in perfect working condition and then go and take it apart. 
 
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The vintage box camera was very easy to take apart, all you have to do is to remove the metal box from the inside of the cardboard camera. The kodak camera is a lot more complicated and I had to go online to figure out how to take it apart since it has a lot of mechanical parts. The good thing is that you can usually find anything online.
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I took the back off the camera and all I have left was the shell of the camera and I did the same thing with the afga camera. 
I also got my wood tripod from ebay. Wooden tripod can be very expensive so you always have to be on the look out for a good deal. The great thing about these tripods is that they were candle holder however, the top plate is removable and a camera can be screwed in.
 
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Since the vintage camera can not be attached to a tripod I had to add a bolt to the inside of the camera so it could be screwed into the wooden tripod.

 
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You will also need to add washers to the bottom and the top of the camera so its has better stability since its made out of cardboard.  I did not need to add a hole in the back of the camera because one already existed but the only thing I discovered after the fact is that you will need to put the rewire lamp kit after you place the cord through the hole in the back of the camera. 
 
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The great thing about this camera is that light bulb sit snugly through the front lense and it does not need any support front the back. 
 
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I was so excited to find an Edison light bulb at home depot it had more the vintage flare of the camera tripod lamp. Also I think it make the camera look like it has a face! 
 
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The kodak camera is a little bit more modern I decided to get a metal tripod and I also use a different style Edison light bulb. 
 
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Do you want to see them all lit up?
 
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Super easy and chic ready for any home.
 
Stay crafty!
Loren

13 thoughts on “DIY Vintage Camera Tripod Lamp

  1. Funky Junk Interiors

    Jaw drop… ADORE!!! This is so simple and so so stunning. I just love all your tips, especially how you wrapped the cord! Sharing on I Love That Junk and various other places. Thanks for linking up!

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