We’re taking a break from our regular technical tips this long weekend. Longtime readers of this newsletter know we like to collect papercraft PDF projects. If you find yourself looking for a creative project this summer, download these plans for a working 35mm paper camera.


The legendary Dirkon pinhole camera template was first published in Czechoslovakia in 1979. Graphic designer David Balihar had the text translated into English so it would be accessible to all fans of this camera technique.

Source: A wonderful history of this camera along with personal anecdotes can be found on David Balihar’s site: Dirkon — The Paper Camera. For an easier-to-build (but less cool) alternative camera design, check out the Matchbox Pinhole Camera.