I am collector of throw-away” stuff”. Not junk, but honest to goodness – discards. My friends and family know to give me their throw-aways, which are different than cast-offs. Cast-offs are unwanted items like furniture and lamps. Throw-aways are bits and pieces of packaging, parts of items – stuff that seems useless once it’s original purpose is complete. Throw-aways are what I can’t seem to say “no” to. I love the challenge of coming up with some new use for these discards that will be Oooohhh… la la worthy.
Recently, when I saw a bag filled with film canisters at a local camera store being thrown away – I had to speak up. I couldn’t bear to see it tossed and asked the salesman, if I could please have them. He handed the bag right over to me and asked what I was going to do with them. I told him, I didn’t have a clue, but I will come up with something sooner or later.
These plastic film canisters are becoming obsolete, but can still be found at camera stores and where film is processed. Here are my rescued throw-aways.
Prest-O Change-O ! Add some decorative paper, buttons, an earring, tulle, some sheet music, along with some hot glue and you have-
Pretty mini- gift containers.
They make giving something little-extra special.
Gifts that will fit:
Anything small – earrings, rings, and other jewelry (if the jewelry is on a hanging card, discard the card and place the jewelry into a piece of tissue paper), rolled up dollar bills, a key to something big, like a car.
Top: Vintage clip-on earring with the clip removed. Canister Cover: A piece of a Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog cover.
Top: A gold and pearl button on top of a larger black button. Canister Cover: Scrapbook paper
Top: Mother of pearl button with a tulle rosette and rhinestone button glued on. Canister Cover: Gift-wrap
Top: Vintage button Canister Cover: Sheet music
Top: Square button with a silver pearl button glued on top. Canister cover: Wallpaper scrap.
Don’t they make pretty little gift boxes? They were practically free – only the cost of the materials I used to decorate them with – most of which were throw-aways, too.
How would you add your style to a film canister and what would you put in it? I would love to hear your ideas?