Monthly Archives: August 2013

DIY Raspberry PI Camera Case

I’m currently working on a image analysis program using my Raspberry Pi and the Raspberry Pi camera.  Once that is in a complete state, and running full time, I plan to purchase a commercially produced mount.  In the meantime, I decided to make a little DIY Raspberry Pi mount.

Most hobby electronics ship in small electrostatic bags.  I keep every one of these I get.  I used one, trimmed it down, then cut a small hole for the camera to peek out.   This particular bag contained a Raspberry Pi.

Step 1 - Electrostatic bag

(forgive my crappy cameraphone focus, but I’m not going to take it apart again just to get more pictures.)

Next, I cut some cardboard to an approximate width of the camera board.  I used very thick cardboard and a boxcutter.

Step 2 - Cut some cardboard


Then, I taped one end of the electrostatic bag to to the cardboard so that I could wrap the bag around the cardboard.  Be sure to position it so the camera board will be centered on the cardboard.  I decided to use Scotch tape for this project as it would stick well to the bag.  I feared that duct tape would leave residue.

Step 3 - Tape the bag

Then, just wrap the bag around the cardboard and tape the other edge.

Step 4 - Wrap the bag

I used more tape, and just re-enforced the hole I had cut in. It may be difficult to see.

2013-08-28 11.36.30

I’m personally mounting my camera to look out the window, so I used more cardboard to sit in between the camera and the window.

2013-08-28 11.40.22Then, I just taped the whole thing to the window.  As you may have noticed, I added more cardboard below the camera to tilt the camera downward.

Tape to the windowThis will do just fine!  Again, I’ll be ordering a commercially produced mount  to replace this once my code is ready.  At that point, I’ll be mounting the camera higher on the window to avoid looking through the screen.  I like the mount currently for sale on Adafruit, but I’m also hoping for more variety in the coming weeks or months.

While I’m at it, I reviewed the Raspberry Pi here on Element 14’s community site: