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DIY Glow Sticks From Film Canisters

Most of us, if not all, have accumulated a boxful or two of those empty film canisters after months of being Lomographers. I keep those canisters hoping that someday I can make something out of them. Then, after a failed light painting project, I realized I can make my own light sabers instead of buying another set of disposable glow sticks.

Photo by icuresick

You will need the following stuff:

  • At least three clear or transparent film canisters with the soft cover.
  • Cutter
  • Scissors
  • Small flashlight that fits in the film canister.
  • Scotch tape.
  • Translucent colored folders, or any translucent and colored stuff that can be rolled

First, get one film canister cap and cut an X shape using the cutter.

Make sure that you can place your small flashlight properly, so the final glow stick will not fall while being used during light painting. This cap and flashlight tandem can easily be attached to the mouth of one of the canisters.

Next, remove the bottom of two canisters. I cut it first forming a letter X so I could easily remove the whole base with scissors, one quarter at a time.

Then, connect the three canisters together with scotch tapes. The canister with base will be the “point” of our saber.

Cut 3 to 3.5 inches by 8 inches colored plastic folders. Roll and tape them so you can easily change colors if you have only one flashlight. Place a circular or square color gels for the point/tip of the saber.

Finally, attach them all together to create a glow stick that you can use as a light saber for light painting. You can create a longer light saber but you may need a stronger flashlight.

Try creating a single-canister light pen for simple doodles.

written by icuresick

35 comments

  1. fischkombinat

    fischkombinat

    Thanks for this idea!

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  2. kerpella

    kerpella

    LIGHTSABERS!!! :D

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  3. renze

    renze

    Interesting!! XD

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  4. eva_eva

    eva_eva

    oh my! interesting!

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  5. jetnz81

    jetnz81

    DIY Star War's Sword???

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  6. dnnrwr

    dnnrwr

    awesome :D
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  7. feelux

    feelux

    I'd love to make a longer one. >:)

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  8. yeheii

    yeheii

    astig. you are a jedi! :D

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  9. johnccc

    johnccc

    Love it ! I've got to give it a go !!!

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  10. icuresick

    icuresick

    Thank you! I hope try this tipster. Just in time for the Halloween!

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  11. saidseni

    saidseni

    Thanks for sharing! I always wondered what you're using. Very nice tipster!

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  12. stouf

    stouf

    WAOOOO ! : )

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  13. b0rn2b1ush

    b0rn2b1ush

    i love the fact na extra si conrado de quiros - favorite columnist ko yan. hahahaha!

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  14. jobozky

    :O lo intentare!!
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  15. kylethefrench

    kylethefrench

    god damn you that is clever

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  16. analogmonolog

    analogmonolog

    brilliant

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  17. eastmoe

    eastmoe

    great idea..

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  18. stratski

    stratski

    Genius!

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  19. suizidekid

    suizidekid

    haha I did the same thing, back in July on my first Light Paintinh Album
    http://www.lomograph(…)g-session-1

    it worked great digital, but analog hmm.. is was a little weak, maybe the flashlight was not strong enough.. so we used the red lamp :)

    had an variation with a ping pong ball as head :)

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  20. antibiotyx

    antibiotyx

    @b0rn2b1ush LOL! natawa naman ako sa comment mo. may cameo appearance din sina ambeth ocampo at rina jimenez-david. haha.
    @icuresick san ka nakabili ng flashlight na kasya sa canister? japan home 88?

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  21. domo-guy

    domo-guy

    COOL. MUST. TRY.

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  22. goomba

    goomba

    Great, I'm gonna try this!

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  23. icuresick

    icuresick

    @antibiotyx sa Quiapo ako bumili, P100 to P150 ang bentahan sa kalsada. Meron pang elegant case hahahaha! @b0rn2b1ush Masabi mo lang na nagbabasa ka ng dyaryo noh? haha

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  24. b0rn2b1ush

    b0rn2b1ush

    @antibiotyx: hehehe, parang out of context ang comment eh no? sige na nga, here goes... erick, i love your tipster! hahahahaha deh seryoso, maganda nga. @icuresick: masabi lang na fan mo ako ha. ayan na ang papuri ko. baka naman kasi akalain ni conrado siya lang ang kinabiliban ko sa article na to. hahahahaha at nga pala, isang buwan na akong di nagbabasa ng dyaryo. ayoko ng dyaryo dito, walang showbiz balita. hahaha!

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  25. begutierrez

    begutierrez

    Light painting is one of the things I enjoy the most, and now I have something to do with the ton of film canisters I have!! Thank you!

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  26. tattso

    tattso

    really cool stuff

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  27. ellieoh

    ellieoh

    Made in the Philippines? Ang galing! I hope I could try light painting, too, soon. :D
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  28. holgadd

    holgadd

    new idea...awesome.. :)

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  29. dasjuerg

    dasjuerg

    the force is strong with this one :D great tipster

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  30. icuresick

    icuresick

    Thank you again for loving my tipster! :)
    Thanks for the translations, too! :D

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  31. yernieyip

    yernieyip

    Too cool..

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  32. dreamy

    dreamy

    This is awesome!! Thanks
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  33. wolkers

    wolkers

    Amazing idea!! Thanks for sharing this with all of us :)

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  34. boobert

    boobert

    Awesome tipster!!! .... masabi lang! LOL. Galing!

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  35. foodeanz

    foodeanz

    nice....

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