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Make a Waterproof Camera Cover with This DIY Guide (9 Steps)

Protecting cameras from moisture is as vital as learning how to operate your device.

Read on to discover how to make cameras waterproof, and learn one of the most innovative ways to weatherproof a home security camera.

4 Ways to Protect Your Cameras from Water

Waterproofing your camera isn’t as complicated as it sounds. Homeowners have several options to protect devices against the elements. Here, we’ll explore four ways.

1. Pick a Camera with Excellent Waterproofing

On the other hand, an IP67-rated camera has excellent protection against particulate intrusion and stays waterproof even when submerged in 39.3-inch-deep water for half an hour.

Hence, a good rule of thumb is to get a device with a higher IP rating if you want maximum protection against particulates and moisture.

2. Ensure Proper Installation

Although security cameras might be IP67-rated, it’s still wise to consider location.

IP ratings only advise about the conditions the device can stay protected in. Hence, one must also do their part in waterproofing the gadget in the home.

an Amazon Blink Security System installed under a roof

For example, an outdoor home security camera should be fine if you install it near the roof. The roof eaves will shade the device from the elements.

You could also create a miniature roof or awning over the camera to protect it from snow and rain.

3. Use Rain- and Snow-proof Camera Covers

Some camera manufacturers offer accessories for their products, including camera covers. You might want to check if the manufacturer could recommend suitable weather protection.

a white sun rain shade camera cover

Commercially-available camera covers are a great choice if you are rushing to protect your device from the elements and don’t mind the price.

However, some folks prefer adding a touch of creativity to their camera covers, giving them personality. If you’re this person, the following ideas should be handy.

DIY camera enclosures

Making a camera enclosure requires thinking outside the box. The idea is to place the device in an object to protect it against rain and snow without undermining its functionality and performance.

Repurposing an existing accent-post lighting fixture is also fascinating. You only need to remove the light bulb and secure the camera inside.

Ziploc bag method 

Nothing is more practical than using an ordinary Ziploc bag to protect your camera from the rain.

You only need to create a hole in the plastic bag to ensure an unobstructed view of the camera lens, put the camera in the Ziploc, and close the bag’s open end. 

Signature Water has an exciting video on how to make a rain cover for a DSLR camera. He taped the lens opening’s edges and secured the plastic with the camera’s lens hood. You can use the same trick on almost any device.

This trick might be for DSLR cameras, but it’s simple enough to implement in rain-proofing a household security camera.

Yogurt cup-Ziploc bag trick

This method uses a similar approach as Signature Water. However, Outside with Tom adds an empty yogurt cup with a cut bottom to the plastic bag’s lens hole.

He also taped the exterior to improve the waterproofing. You can watch the video below.

PVC roof for bullet cameras

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has exceptional water resistance and durability, making it suitable as a makeshift bullet camera roof. Online Auto Repair Videos has a 57-second video showing you this trick.

A Step-by-Step Guide for Making a Birdhouse Security Camera Cover

Although it’s easy to buy a security camera cover right off the shelf, we recommend making a DIY birdhouse for security cameras.

Not only is it a fun and engaging activity, but will also allow cameras to blend in seamlessly with the natural landscape. Here are the steps.

Step 1: Setup the camera

Security cameras work by capturing real-time images. These devices send the recordings over the internet or store the video data on SD cards. However, they still need the power to continue recording. 

After unboxing, check the security camera for any defects. Open the battery compartment and insert the recommended power cells.

Also check the user guide to see if the device has a rechargeable battery. In such cases, charge the battery before starting the project.

The contents included with AlfredCam
Unboxing of AlfredCam

Step 2: Gather your materials

Most DIYers use wood to make a birdhouse because it’s easier to work with and looks more natural. For example, Mother Daughter Projects has an exciting video on making a DIY birdhouse for a battery-operated wireless security camera, and the duo used a popular board. 

Credit: Mother Daughter Projects DIY

However, if looking for a more waterproof DIY birdhouse, choose more water-resistant materials. For instance, PVC, plastic, and acrylic make excellent tools.

Also required is a steel tape measure, a pen or marker, cutting tools (i.e., a circular saw), clamps, weights (or any heavy object), wood glue, nails, spar urethane, and paint.

Use a 2×2 wood for the birdhouse post. Alternatively, cut a tree branch and use it to prop the DIY birdhouse for a more natural look.

Step 3: Determine the security camera’s dimensions

Check the security camera’s user guide to determine the device’s exterior dimensions. You would want this gadget to fit snugly into the wooden birdhouse for stability and security.

AlfredCam on a glass table
AlfredCam

Include the camera’s width, height, and depth. Check the camera’s lens and sensors to ensure a clear line of sight.

Step 4: Prepare the birdhouse

Draft a paper cutout using the security camera’s dimensions to make it more straightforward when cutting the wood. Use the draft to cut the poplar board into the correct sizes for the birdhouse’s walls and roof. Always cut the wood edges at a 45-degree angle to ensure stability and security.

Birdhouse in Finland

You might want to create a birdhouse roof that extends two to three inches from the birdhouse’s front. It should be sufficient to protect the camera lens from potential water ingress.

Step 5: Build the birdhouse

Clamp these components to help the glue create a permanent bond. Drive a few nails into the wood to assist in securing the pieces. Give your creation ample time to dry and stabilize.

a man building a wooden bird house for security camera
Screenshot via Mother Daughter Projects DIY

Insert the security camera into the birdhouse to ensure a perfect fit. Remember, there’s nothing to secure the birdhouse over the camera. Hence, it’s vital to guarantee a snug fit without damaging the camera. Remove the security camera and finish building the birdhouse.

Step 6: Secure the birdhouse post and paint it

Determine the location of the birdhouse, and dig a hole deep and wide enough to accommodate the post. Place the birdhouse post into the opening and fill it with soil. Alternatively, it’s possible to fill it with a concrete mix for better stability.

secure the birdhouse post
Screenshot via Mother Daughter Projects DIY

Paint the post with a color scheme that blends with the background. You don’t want this fixture to stand out on your property because it undermines the purpose of stealthy security. For example, black or chocolate-brown paint would be suitable on a dark-colored background, such as heavy vegetation. 

Step 7: Install the security camera on the post and check for functionality

Get the security camera’s mounting plate and secure it to the birdhouse post’s top. Install the camera on the base, ensuring the lens faces the preferred direction.

Turn on the security camera and open the app on your smartphone. Check that the viewing angle meets expectations. If necessary, adjust the device’s orientation and tilt to get an optimal view of the area.

a hand holds a smart phone that shows the livestream of a ring outdoor camera
Screenshot via Mother Daughter Projects DIY

Secure the camera’s mounting plate to the birdhouse post’s top. Install the camera on the base, ensuring the lens faces your preferred direction.

Step 8: Cover the security camera with the DIY birdhouse

Slide the DIY wooden birdhouse over the security camera. Check the security camera for functionality again, ensuring the birdhouse roof doesn’t obscure the view. Trim the awning if it blocks the video’s upper section. 

a hand puts the black wooden camera cover over a ring outdoor camera
Screenshot via Mother Daughter Projects DIY

Conclusion

You won’t run out of ideas to protect your camera from the elements. Making a waterproof camera cover only requires imagination, creativity, and a little elbow grease. 

Of course, you can always check your favorite online commerce site for readily available products to protect your camera against water intrusion.