March 12, 2014

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I will show you how to make a mini cardboard camera from a matchbox. The fun part: filling it with tiny pictures that represent beautiful memories. It is a thoughtful little gift to show someone you care about him or her, and that you cherish the moments you have shared (as you can probably tell from the pictures, I made mine for my boyfriend).

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Find an empty matchbox. Select a couple of pictures and print them. Then cut them out. Make sure they fit into your matchbox.
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Cut out a few shapes from some left-over cardboard. They will become the front part of your camera, including the lens. You can even use a piece of transparent plastic to function as the ‘glass’ of your lens.
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Glue the pieces together, except for the top layer and paint them black.
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Glue your plastic layer on top for a reflecting effect. Finally glue the top circle on as well.
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Add some details. I used silver nail polish to create a metallic feel to some parts of my camera. Use whatever you have laying around.
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If you want you can also add some extra details like a button or camera strap. Put the pictures in your camera, and it is ready to give away!
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    March 12, 2014 at 22:19

    I love this idea! Thank you. :-)

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    March 12, 2014 at 22:29

    Oh my goodness gracious. <3 I am in love. Definitely doing this for someone someday–and I think I'll make one for myself, too! ^-^

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      March 13, 2014 at 09:39

      Yeah making one for yourself is just as much fun :) I love that it is small enough to give at any random day, but special enough to also give for a (special) occasion.

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    Uncustomary Art

    March 13, 2014 at 00:02

    This is especially adorable.

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    March 13, 2014 at 18:10

    What a cute idea!!! <3

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    March 20, 2014 at 03:11

    Definitely giving this one a try. It’s too adorable not to.

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    February 10, 2017 at 23:40

    Hi! I am doing this for a special person on Valentine’s day. Quick question: which size should the pictures have in order to fix the box of matches?

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      February 11, 2017 at 00:39

      Depends on the size of your box, matchboxes come in different shapes and sizes. I would just find a matchbox first and then measure it, and calculate what size your pictures need to be based on that. Good luck!