Mount Anything to a Standard Tripod

Obviously you wouldn’t want to put anything extremely heavy on your camera tripod, but barring that, you should be able to mount most things with these techniques:

  • Glue a 1/4 – 20 nut onto your webcam/flashlight/laser pointer, or whatever you would like to mount.  Simple, but I wouldn’t trust this on anything but the lightest of items.tripod-mounted-webcam
  • If it won’t hurt anything, you can tap a 1/4 – 20 threaded hole into your item.  If you’re wondering what “tapping” is, here is a tutorial about making female threads in wood.tripod-parts-wood-tapped
  • Make a custom mount.  Something that tightens down with a screw, like this Dremel Tool mount, might be adapted to use with a camera.  The 1/4 – 20 threaded hole would be drilled and tapped into your fixture, not in the camera/flashlight/laser/whatever else you need mounted.  Here’s an Env2 phone mounted in the wood seen above.dremel-4000-mount-on-table

Any other ideas?  Please let me know in the comments!

Some of these ideas were originally featured on

2 thoughts on “Mount Anything to a Standard Tripod

  1. John says:

    I would like to see a diy mount that will allow me to find the entry pupil for panorama shots.

    • Jeremy Cook says:

      Interesting. I’m not that familiar with what you’re trying to do. Is there a “non-DIY” solution to this you could point me to?

      Thanks for reading!

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