Mar 22 2013

Craft Tutorial: Camera Lens Cap Decoration

DIY Camera Lens Cap Decoration

Hello sweets! I have a super fun tutorial for you today using Mod Podge and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic I received from Bev from Flamingo Toes :) (you can read about our craft swap we did here).

Before I move on to the tutorial, here is my inspiration for today’s project:

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[Lens cap sold at mi-na for ¥3580, about £25/ $38]

From the moment I found this cute camera lens cap, I just couldn’t look at my boring lens cap in the same way again :) So, ready for the tutorial?

What you’ll need:

DIY Camera Lens Cap Decoration tool
  • camera lens cap
  • Mod Podge
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • covering material (I used cotton fabric and paper)
  • embellishments (I used metal balls for nail art)
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There are a few different types of lens caps available, and I used the type on the left so that it would be easier to decorate. You could find the lens caps for a few pounds if you wish (try Amazon).


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1) Cut the material of your choice to fit the lens cap.

2) Apply Mod Podge on the lens cap, place the materials and apply Mod Podge again.

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3) Add embellishments while the Mod Podge is wet. I placed metal balls around the rim.

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4) Apply plenty amount of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to fill the lens cap. I say plenty, but not too much because it’ll leak! Also, you probably shouldn’t take photos while applying Dimensional Magic to your project :)

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5) Set aside until the Dimensional Magic is completely dry (I let them set overnight). Dimensional Magic is cloudy when wet, but it’ll dry clear. And… you’re done!

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See how glossy they are? I LOVE my lens caps now!!

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I’ve read that Dimensional Magic shrinks as it dries, so I poured quite a lot of it (the reason why it leaked…). The top photo shows how much I applied for the green one – see (the image on the bottom left) how much it shrunk? If you wish to go for more ‘raised’ look, you could probably add more Dimensional Magic layer by layer (so that it won’t leak).

Thanks again Bev for sending me the Mod Podge and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic! My head is full of Podge ideas now :D


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9 Commnents to “Craft Tutorial: Camera Lens Cap Decoration”

  1. I miss your posts :(

  2. Emi! When are you coming back to blog for us? You’ve been away for so long!!

  3. it’s so… funny ! and incredible **

  4. Hello Anna! Sorry for the late reply :)
    I haven’t tried decorating it so I can’t say for sure, but looking at my ‘pinch’ style lens cap, I’m afraid it’d be quite difficult since it’s very flat – the glue would leak as you pour it onto the cap. If your lens cap is’t flat, however, you could easily decorate it the same way as I did :)
    Hope this helps!

  5. Thanks Erika :)

  6. This is such a neat idea! And executed perfectly!

  7. I have been looking into trying this out myself after seeing you make it look so easy (and good!). How would you go about decorating the “pinch” style lens caps? Those seem to be the easiest for me to get a hold of. Thanks!

  8. I can’t wait to see how you decorate your caps (and you have so many lenses!!), Kelly :D Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Oh my goodness, I need to do this to my lens caps! Thank you for sharing, I’m majorly excited to try this now! :)

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