If you find an old film canister in a junk drawer don’t throw it away. Instead repurpose it into a very cute and stylish gift box or Christmas Ornament.
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.
Repurposing Idea for Film Canisters
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 or maybe even in a junk drawer in your home.
What Can You Do With Empty Film Canisters?
Prest-O Change-O ! Add some decorative paper, buttons, an earring, tulle, and some sheet music to the plastic film canisters along with some hot glue and you have…
Pretty mini- gift containers.
They make giving a gift… a little… extra special.
Gifts that will fit into a plastic film canister:
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.
How to Turn a Film Canister into a Mini Gift Box
Vintage clip-on earring with the clip removed hot glued to the top. Cover for Canister: A cut section of a Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog cover.
A gold and pearl button on top of a larger black button glued onto top. Cover for canister: Scrapbook paper
Mother of pearl button with a tulle rosette and rhinestone button glued on. Cover on canister: Gift-wrap
Black vintage button glued on top of black top. Cover on Canister: Sheet music
Square button with a silver pearl button glued on top. Cover on Canister: 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.
Christmas Tree Ornaments Made From Film Canisters
Apply spray glue all over a film canister and the sprinkle white or colored glitter over the surface. Let dry. Punch a hole in the center top and thread a ribbon through it and presto…changeo… you have one very cute gift box to hang on your Christmas tree for someone to find on Christmas morning.
How would you add your style to a film canister and what would you put in it? I would love to hear your ideas?