How to Build a Collapsible Pin Hole Camera

If you cannot buy a Collapsible Pin Hole Camera from the market, you can create one of your own by following a simple procedure. All you need is a little time and few tools, equipments and materials to build the camera.

Things required:

– One of those cylindrical Quaker Oatmeal boxes (try to get one which is around 7 inches tall)
– A very sharp razor or X-Acto
– Krazy Glue
– Some heavy paper, like construction paper (not that cheap one from junior high art class)
– Elmer’s Glue Aluminium can
– A pin
– Black spray paint
– A ruler
– Some light grit sandpaper, though grip tape will work in a pinch
– A marker
– Some resin-coated, medium contrast, black and white photographic paper, size 5″ by 7″ (you can use Ilford satin finish ie around $850)


  • 1

    First of all, you have to find a nice and clean area for work. It will be better for you to choose an area which is not noisy so that you can work without any kind of interruption from the outside.

  • 2

    Take the can and locate its centre my taking the necessary measurements by the help of a foot ruler. It is extremely important for you to take accurate measurement. Otherwise, your camera will not function in the right way.

  • 3

    Now, take the plastic lid and apply the glue on it. Then, place the lid on the can to cover it completely. You must cover the can properly so that no air or light passes through it from the top. Repeat the same procedure to cover the bottom of the can.

  • 4

    After that, take the marker and draw a rectangle on the can. Then, cut the rectangle piece with the help of the scissors and place it on a clean surface. You can use newspaper to provide the can a clean surface.

  • 5

    Take the black spray and paint the lid of the can with it. After spraying, keep it aside so that it may get dried. Now, take the lid and keep it back on the can and make a hole in the centre.

  • 6

    After making the hole, surround the can with the black chart paper. Then, apply some glue on it to attach it with the can. Your camera is ready. Take it out and try some pictures. After taking pictures, you will have to develop and print them.

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