"Super easy with the right supplies!"
How I did it: Being a complete camera fiend, I have been drooling over the Plamodel Camera Kit released by Superheadz. When finished, the thing yields an almost entirely plastic toy camera that uses 35mm film. It's a bit of a cheat to buy a model kit, but it was incredibly easy and way too much fun. I had the whole thing assembled in about an hour. Decorating it actually took much, much longer and was much messier!
When it was done, the result was adorable and 100% personalized. I love this thing!
Lessons & tips: ~easier if you get a kit and want something that's a little more in-depth than a pinhole cam, as it already comes with all the pieces.
~READ THE DIRECTIONS VERY CAREFULLY. By not paying attention you run the risk of breaking something or putting the wrong part in the wrong place. In this case, after the camera was fully assembled it turned out the springs were reversed, and now the camera has to be opened back up to switch them out since the shutter doesn't close all the way after it was assembled. Learn from my mistake!
~Remember that it's a plastic kit, and it will not be the neatest thing when done. Just have fun doing it!
Resources: ~my kit came from the Four Corner Store, you can find the kit that I used here: http://www.fourcornerstore.com/collections/frontpage/products/superheadz-35mm-camera-kit
~for decorations I went to Etsy and snagged stickers and small items off the site that came straight from Japan.
~anything else came from craft stores, including glittery glue and other seriously girly looking stuff.
It took me 1 day.
It made me Ecstatic!