Do It Yourself Trail Camera Mount

Make these versatile trail camera mounts from items at your local hardware store.  They work well, and you can make one for less than $1.  

For video instructions click here.

DIY Trail Cam Mount
CAMBUSH-covered trailcam on $1 mount. Disguised from trespassers and easy to access.

The following step-by-step instructions detail how you can make one of these easy versatile trail camera mounts.


Paint with some flat paint and take them to the woods.  I have a number of these in various trees and leave them out year round.  This enables me to change camera locations easily, which helps fool would-be thieves who think they know my camera locations. I add CAMBUSH to the camera and it's concealed from view. The length of the eye screw is personal choice.  If your camera's tripod mount nut is on the back of the camera, you may want a shorter eye screw.  If it is on the bottom of the camera, you may opt for a longer eye screw.  Take a cordless drill with you to the woods and drill a pilot hole for the mount.  This will make installing the mount easier in the tree, especially for harder species like oak and walnut.

By swapping out the eye screw for another eye bolt and adding 4 foot garden stake you can use this mount on a stake where screwing into a tree is not an option.  This option will cost you about $2.50 with the additional garden stake.  Paint it a light tan color and you have a great camera mount for a CRP or corn field.  Works like a charm.

Another advantage of the stake is that you can set it up with two camera mounts so you can mount two cameras and catch activity on either side of the stake.




  • Wow. Thanks for the great post. Excellent tip.

    Posted by Rafael on January 21, 2017
  • I was going to order something much more expensive… Thanks for your ideas! Didn’t want to spend the money! Your idea is great!

    Posted by Dave Radtke on November 30, 2016
  • I priced stainless steel for all parts to this mount at Home Depot & Tractor Supply & it will cost approximately $6.00 per mount + garden stake

    Posted by DoDa on November 12, 2016
  • I made one for myself similar to this but I used a screw in tree step and welded a washer to the end of the step to mount the eye bolt to. Of course this way you need access to a welder. I need one that will mount to an existing t-post fence post. Thinking of using a short length of pipe that will slip down over the t-post and drill 3 holes and tap them to accept 1/4" bolts so it will tighten on the post. Anyone else got any ideas??

    Posted by Jerry Cartwright on November 04, 2016
  • Great idea, thanks

    Posted by Syd Mills on September 11, 2016
  • Great idea! Love it!

    Posted by G Smith on August 01, 2016
  • I seen these and made 3 for myself. The other members seen them and now they want me to make some for them,great idea they work.

    Posted by Steve Gall on July 21, 2016
  • Yes sir this will work great for me. going to buy hardware now.

    Posted by Rick Kistler on June 03, 2016
  • Thanks, great idea.

    Posted by CW Simmons on April 13, 2016
  • Looking to make some variation of this at a quail feeder. I want to mount trail camera to look down from about 5-6 feet above feeder. I’ll let you know what I come up with. Great idea.

    Posted by Gary on January 11, 2016
  • I have made some like this for many years. You have taken it to another level. Thanks for the up grade

    Posted by Wes on December 28, 2015
  • Your a genius. Gonna make me some.

    Posted by DENNY PECK on October 26, 2015
  • How does it attach to camera?

    Posted by Rees Bowen on September 03, 2015
  • DAMMM!!!! You rock man! I’m so happy that someone really isn’t trying to make money for something so simple. I was brainstorming today and found this thank you! Very cool idea.

    Posted by John on June 11, 2015
  • Plan to make one soon. You may want to add that the eye bolt thread needs to be a 20 thread to fit the camera theads.

    Posted by Tom on March 09, 2015
  • Wow nice job . Thanks

    Posted by mike on February 26, 2015
  • I was way over thinking how to build my own camera brackets. This so simple I can’t believe I didn’t think of it since I’m half simple. Great idea! You saved me time and money. Thanks

    Posted by Chuck on December 23, 2014
  • Great idea. I’ve been thinking about different ways to mount my new camera and here it is! Makes sense, easy to put together and the cost is great! Good job guys!!
    Marion, AR

    Posted by Bob Jones on October 13, 2014
  • Thanks for this. Saved me a bunch of time and money. Great idea.

    Posted by Bob Macfarlane on June 24, 2014
  • For those of you interested, here is the cost break down of the screw in mount. I use zinc plated metal.

    24 pack of 3/8″ × 1″ hex bolt = $2.28 or $.10 per mount

    76 pack of 3/8" flat washers = $2.28 or $.09 per mount

    24 pack of 3/8" hex nut = $2.28 or $.10 per mount

    24 pack of 1/4" wing nut = $3.49 or $.14 per mount

    3 pack of eye screw = $.99 or $.33 per mount

    eye bolt = $.39 per mount

    4’ garden stake = $2.99

    Total cost for screw-in mount = $1.15
    Total cost for stake mount = $4.14

    Posted by Shawn O'Connor on January 31, 2014

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