INSTRUCTIONS (30 – 45 minutes)

  1. Apply stickers to the outside of a cereal box, making sure they are spaced so that they do not overlap.
  2. Cut along the dotted lines using scissors and a stencil knife.
  3. Fold outward along the solid grey lines (away from your body with the sticker side up).
  4. Fold inward along the solid red lines (towards your body with the sticker side facing up). Pieces 1, 2 and 3 should now resemble rectangular boxes.
  5. Tape along the box edges of pieces 1, 2 and 3 to form three similarly-sized rectangular boxes. We’ll call these boxes 1, 2 and 3.
  6. Insert the 35mm film roll into the slot labeled “New Film” on box 1.
  7. Insert the empty film cassette into the slot labeled “Empty Cassette” on box 1.
  8. Insert the film lead from 35mm roll into the empty film cassette, stretching the film across the rectangular opening in box 1.
  9. Insert the box 1 (film and all) into box 2, with the film cassettes facing towards the solid wall of the box.
  10. Cut a rectangle of aluminum out of the empty soda can. This rectangle should be large enough to cover the small rectangular opening in box 3.
  11. Tape the piece of aluminum to the inside of box 3 so that it covers the rectangular opening.
  12. Punch a hole in the aluminum using the thumbtack. The hole should be positioned so that it is in the center of the now-covered rectangular opening in box 3.
  13. Insert boxes 1 and 2 into box 3. All three boxes should now be nested together.
  14. Center piece 4 on the front of the assembled box (the front side is the side with the pinhole!).
  15. Center piece 5 on top of piece 4.
  16. Wrap two rubber bands around the assembled camera so that they lock into the notches cut into piece 5.
  17. Tape the edges of the assembled camera shut.
  18. Insert a Blackwing eraser into the hole on the top of the camera and turn counter clockwise to wind the film.
  19. Grasp the shutter tab and slide it to the right to take a photo! Use the exposure chart on the back of the camera for suggested exposure times.