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Vintage Camera Case upcycling

How to upcycle a vintage camera case to a trendy spiked shoulder bag. Designed and photographed by Xenia Kuhn for fashionrolla.com
From Vintage Camera Case to Unique Shoulder Bag
[Upcycled Vintage Camera Case]
My mom’s old friend gave me this little treasure couple years ago. Overall it was in a good shape with original papers and box. But since I am more of the digital cameras type the camera spent most of her time in the darkens of my closet. The WERRA cameras were handmade in East Germany in the 50s. They were famous for theirs amazing Carl Zeiss lenses. I am sure some of the dedicated experts will hate me for “destroying” the original case 🙂 but I think it’s a great makeover.


Even this camera shoulder bag is small it still as enough space for an iPhone, small IDs and business cards. And the little “time traces“ make it look unique and vintage. I also added a really important feature to the bag- a small mirror in the “nose” of the case. 🙂 

This upcycled shoulder bag is a perfect companion for fashion events, city tours or… Everywhere else you want to “travel light” and be fashionable…

How to upcycle a vintage camera case to a trendy spiked shoulder bag. Designed and photographed by Xenia Kuhn for fashionrolla.com
How the case looked inside
How to upcycle a vintage camera case to a trendy spiked shoulder bag. Designed and photographed by Xenia Kuhn for fashionrolla.com
I fixed the broken strap

How to upcycle a vintage camera case to a trendy spiked shoulder bag. Designed and photographed by Xenia Kuhn for fashionrolla.com
I covered the bottom with a matching leather. 

How to upcycle a vintage camera case to a trendy spiked shoulder bag. Designed and photographed by Xenia Kuhn for fashionrolla.com
I closed the front opening with a PVC sheet- leftover from my  DIY Sunglasses Case

How to upcycle a vintage camera case to a trendy spiked shoulder bag. Designed and photographed by Xenia Kuhn for fashionrolla.com
I embellished the cover with black spikes

How to upcycle a vintage camera case to a trendy spiked shoulder bag. Designed and photographed by Xenia Kuhn for fashionrolla.com
I filled the holes with hot glue and covered with thick leather

How to upcycle a vintage camera case to a trendy spiked shoulder bag. Designed and photographed by Xenia Kuhn for fashionrolla.com
The little dome nuts serve as bag feet plus they hold the two parts of the case together

How to upcycle a vintage camera case to a trendy spiked shoulder bag. Designed and photographed by Xenia Kuhn for fashionrolla.com
I also put a small mirror into the “nose” of the case.

How to upcycle a vintage camera case to a trendy spiked shoulder bag. Designed and photographed by Xenia Kuhn for fashionrolla.com

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Savanna
    9. July 2013 at 11:58 AM

    looks so great

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    Anonymous
    9. July 2013 at 5:44 PM

    My favourite purse! <3 simple and chic.
    Adriana

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    Daška
    15. May 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Úžasný nápad….:-D

  • Reply
    Devid Mark
    6. December 2015 at 2:21 AM

    Nice post

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