DIY – How to Add a Tripod Mount to Anything

Filmaker Scott Eggleston recently published this video which takes a look at several options for adding a 1/4″ 20 (the same mount your camera has) to basically anything around you.

So why would you want a 1/4″ 20 connector available at all times? well this is kind of obvious we guess – if you want to mount a mic, light, monitor, gopro or anything not too heavy (and if you have a strong enough mount maybe even a full camera) whenever you go.

So here are some of Eggleston’s suggestions:

  • Use 1/4″ 20 nuts/washers – they cost close to nothing – you can glue them to all sort of surfaces and get a female 1/4″ 20 ready to go in no time.
  •  Use a cell phone holder with a 1/4″ 20 mount – these are really inexpensive and you can connect them to so many things – just make sure you secure them together with something like a Velcro strap.
  • Connect it to a pole – you can use a zinc ground clamp which has a 1/4″ 20 – but to be honest we have a better solution which we shall show you in an upcoming video.
  • Drill into a surface and tap a 1/4″ 20 – this is a bit destructive but if you want a permanent solution this can be a good strong way – you just need a way to tap.
  • Use a spring clamp and a ball head – most spring clamps have holes which are too big to tap but you can attach a small ball head to them and make a DIY spring clamp/ball head (you can also buy these ready).

If you are into 1/4″ 20 and other DIY photo and video mounting attachments – make sure to keep your eyes open for our upcoming video next week when we shall take a closer look at some of our photo/video connectors and how you can get them.


You can  check out many more interesting DIY photography projects here on LensVid and more of Eggleston’s DIY videos on this subsection.