- Oat meal Canister
- Black Spray Paint
- Soda Can
- Craft Glue
- Electrical Tape
- Xacto Knife/Scissors
- Card Stock
- Wooden Clothes Pin
- #16 Beading Needle
Prepping the Oatmeal Canister:
- Clean all of the crumbs out of the container with a damp paper towel.
- Run a thin bead of craft glue around the inside bottom edge of the canister.
- Paint the inside of the canister as well as the inside and outside of the lid with black spray paint.
- Once the paint dries, make a small square hole in the front of the canister 2 3/4 inches from the bottom of the canister. This becomes the Pinhole Window.
Preparing the Pinhole Plate:
- Cut both ends off of a soda can (xacto knife).
- Once both ends are removed, cut the body apart to make a 3×3 inch square plate with rounded corners (scissors).
This is becomes the pinhole plate where we will drill the pinhole.
Making the Pinhole Drill:
- Use the left over bottom of the soda can to mix the epoxy.
- Apply the epoxy to the inside mouth of the wooden clothes pin.
- Insert the #16 needle in the mouth of the clothes pin (1/4 inch should be sticking out), clamp down, and let dry. The final drill should look like this:
Drilling the Pinhole:
- Hold the aluminum plate very carefully and gentely press the “drill” until the point shows through the other side.
- Continue until you have a 1/100th inch hole.
Installing the Pinhole:
- Place electrical tape around 2 sides of the pinhole plate.
- Make a circle around the pinhole with epoxy, be careful not to get any epoxy in the pinhole.
- Center the pinhole in the middle of the cut out square.
- Place the plate in the container so that the sticky and epoxy sides are against the inside of the container.
- Press and hold until epoxy firmly attaches.
Making the shutter:
- Cut a 1 1/2 x 2 inch rectangle out of the card stock.
- Cut a 3/4 x 5 inch strip out of card stock.
- Fold the 3/4 x5 strip in half, then bend the ends into a “T” shape.
- Glue the handle of the “T” together from the inside, and glue the top of the “T” to the 1 1/2 x2 rectangle.
Preparing the shutter slides:
- Out of the same card stock, cut 2 1×7 inch strips.
- Cut 2 10 inch strips of electrical tape.
- Stick the tape to the strips leaving overhang on both ends.
Attaching the shutter and shutter slides:
- Align one shutter slide just below the pinhole box.
- Attach gently, incase you need to adjust the tightness.
- Insert the shutter into the first shutter slide, test to make sure you can slide the shutter but it is not too loose.
- Attach the second shutter slide and adjust for easy sliding.
- Now place the lid on you canister and you have a completed Oatmeal Canister Pinhole Camera!
Art Experiment: DIY Pinhole Camera Part 2!
In which we load the camera and develop paper negatives and prints!
(Based on Pinhole Camera Guide found @ http://users.rcn.com/stewoody/makecam.htm)