I will first show you how to make this on-camera flash diffuser easily by just a few cuts out of a milk jug.
First, you will start with a milk jug. I recommend washing it first.
This is the part that you will want from the jug. You do not need this embedded circle, but it helps keep the diffuser stay rounded when you fold it over.
There are usually a few flat sides to a milk jug and mine also had seams. You will want to cut out the whole side that has the circle on it. I cut down the seams.
If you follow the seams, they will eventually meet at the bottom. Cut down each seam on each side of the circle.
Here, you will see a little better at how it is to be cut.
This is what your piece should look like that you will use to make the on-camera flash diffuser. Remember to save the rest of the milk jug for the next diffuser I will show you how to make.
To make this piece easier to work with, I cut off the curved edges on each end.
You should now have a piece that looks similar to this.
Now, you will pop open your flash on your camera and measure the width of the opening under it. You will then make marks on your milk jug piece so you know where to cut.
You will do this on both ends of the piece but the second marks on the opposite side will be slightly smaller in width than the first marks. This is because one of these ends will have to go through another. You will see what I mean later in the tutorial.
Cut a straight line almost to the edge of the circle.
Now cut a straight line on the other mark and you will have a tab like this.
Now you will repeat the same steps above for the other end.
Again, you will end up with a tab like this.
Next you will cut along the edge of the circle.
You will want to stop cutting when you get to the tab. Do not cut through the tabs.
One side should now look like this.
Next, repeat the steps above by cutting along the other edge of the circle.
You should now have a cut out that looks similar to this.
Next, using a kitchen knife or exacto knife, you will make a cut in the wider tab. You will NOT go all the way to the edges. This will be the slit where you put the other tab through.
You should now have a slit that looks like this in the wider tab.
Next, you will take the smaller tab and curve it over and see if it fits in the slit of the wider tab. If not, just trim a bit off the edges of the smaller tab until it fits.
If it fits, it should look like this.
Now to try it out on your camera! Pull the wider tab through the opening just under your flash.
Next, take the smaller tab and curve it over top of the flash.
Next, put the smaller tab through the slit in the wider tab.
Now, pull the small tab all the way until it stops.
Looking from the back of the camera.
Now I will show you how to make a diffusing cover for your slave flash from another part of the same milk jug.
You will want to use the flattest part of the remaining jug.
Again, you will cut down the seam.
You will now have a side like this.
I cut off the bottom where it is strongly curved, so it is easier to work with.
Now, lay your flash over the milk jug piece and make marks at the top. (I forgot to take the other cover off before taking the picture.) This is where you will cut.
Next, where you made your mark, cut a straight line all the way across the milk jug piece.
Next, wrap your piece around your flash and mark where it overlaps.
Now, cut along your mark, all the way across your piece.
Next, wrap your piece around your flash again and tape where the ends meet.
Now place this piece over your flash and mark where the front corners are on each side. These marks will be where you put a crease in the cover so it fits better on your flash.
Now, along your mark, fold and make a crease. Do this on both sides.
It should now look like this. If your flash is like mine, you can go on to the next step. If your flash has nice squared edges all the way around, you will want to crease the back also. The back part of my flash is just slightly rounded, so I will not crease the back corners.
Next, put the cover back on the flash. Along the same creases, cut a line until your scissors meet the flash, as shown.
Repeat the step above on the other crease as shown.
Next you will fold and crease the front as shown.
Next, put the cover back on the flash.
Now you will turn the flash to the backside and make cuts down to the flash, as shown, just like we did for steps 44 and 45.
Next, you will fold and crease the sides as shown.
As you can see here, it is starting to look like a box top over your flash.
Next, fold the back side over the top and crease it.
Next you will want to put a piece of tape over the top of the folded edges to keep them in place.
You now have a cover!
You can diffuse the cover even more by cutting out a scrap piece of milk jug and placing it behind the cover as shown.
As you will notice, my switches will be covered if I pull the cover all the way down.
Make a mark on the cover on each side just above the switches.
Next, cut along these lines part way up the cover.
Fold this tab up and snip if off with your scissors as shown.
You will now be able to use your switches.
You now have two CHEAP diffusers for your flashes. And you should still have enough room in your milk jug to make one more diffusers as a spare.
Thanks for checking out my tutorial.