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How To Make A Camera Obscura - OVM BOX EDITION

by Marie Williams on Apr 05, 2024

How To Make A Camera Obscura - OVM BOX EDITION

We’ve heard the news - A total solar eclipse is coming our way on April 8th, and supply for eye protection is running low. After a couple failed attempts to obtain proper protection, I began doing research online to see how I can still witness this phenomenon, and I am excited to share with you how I will be watching it this year through a box from Ottawa Valley Meats! 


You likely already have everything you need at home, if not, thankfully these supplies are easy to get your hands on.

  • Ottawa Valley Meats Box -That’s right, from your meat order
  • Scissors
  • Duct Tape
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Blank Paper



Creating Your Camera Obscura:

The most popular sized box to be packed from Ottawa Valley Meats is our Medium sized box, which is exactly what I used in the making of this video. I cut the box in half and taped it back together to obtain an overall smaller box. I removed the bottom flaps and taped them back to my camera obscura. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you tape up all sides of the box to ensure no light can seep through, I recommend using double the duct tape just to be safe. 

Our next step is to grab your blank paper and cut out a square, then tape it inside the box. Directly on the opposite side of the box, when closed, we are going to cut a hole. Cover up that hole with the aluminum foil, and poke a small hole in the center. Beside that hole with the aluminum foil, cut out another hole. This is our viewing hole. Once that is complete, close and tape all the edges again with your duct tape. 

YOU’RE DONE! Yes, it really is that easy! 

I would recommend testing out your camera obscura prior to the event to ensure no light seeps through the box. While it is a very exciting natural phenomenon that we have coming our way, ensuring you have the proper eye protection is crucial!

Will you be watching the solar eclipse? If so, send us a photo of your OVM camera obscura! 


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