Alternative Uses of Film Canisters


I am sure that a lot of you have film canisters gathering dust in the corners of your rooms. Here are some things that you can put inside them so that we may extend their purpose.

Film canisters are basically containers that protect our film from outside elements, prior to its use. But after we use the film, what are the other possible uses of a film canister? Since they basically are small containers, here are some suggested small items that are best kept inside a used canister (all suggestions are based on personal experience):

Negative strips that I use for my LC-A+ ISO12 modification.

Masking tape. Comes very handy for any Lomographer.

Spare LR44 battery for my Lomo LC-A+.

Color gels for my Color Splash Flash.

Sometimes, I even use it as a coin purse.

Or even a medicine box. I usually have headaches and paracetamol is an essential companion.

If you pack lunch, you may even use it as container for condiments such as salt, sugar, ketchup, seasoning, etc.

How about you? What stuff do you keep inside your used canisters?

written by renenob on 2011-11-09 #gear #tutorials #tipster #canister #containers #quickie-tipster #reuse #select-type-of-tipster #select-what-this-tipster-is-about #recyle


  1. adzfar
    adzfar ·

    I placed my CR2 batteries in there :)

  2. meesterbrein
    meesterbrein ·

    I always take sand and shells from the beach with me in the canister.

  3. odax
    odax ·

    Once I get my negatives developed and scanned, I put them back inside the canisters. It's probably bad for them, but I have nowhere else.

  4. neurodiaz
    neurodiaz ·

    I storage my weed. ;)

  5. bylcuenca
    bylcuenca ·

    guitar picks inside my canisters... =)

  6. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    Haha @neurodiaz! I keep my spare batteries. and some hair pins.

  7. pyromonkey333
    pyromonkey333 ·

    i put a BB or a penny in it for the cats (:

  8. rrohe
    rrohe ·

    I put my spare parts from my Yashica 44a 35mm conversion in one. The rest get played with and hidden by the cat.

  9. jojo8785
    jojo8785 ·

    cat toy.

  10. apissepet
    apissepet ·

    @neurodiaz you're the best :p
    I put two AA batteries in there.

  11. renenob
    renenob ·

    LOL @neurodiaz

  12. whittamore
    whittamore ·

    i once filled a few empty film cans with holy water from the vatican.
    usually i just fill them with paint, change or batteries.

  13. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    We keep spare buttons, sewing needles and other craft items in ours.

  14. street_smile
    street_smile ·

    I've used a clear canister as a flash diffuser for my pop up flash on my Dslr, my mum uses them to plant her seedlings =D I've even put the contents of a facial product in there, good for travelling.

  15. weechonghooi
    weechonghooi ·

    I used them to be a flash diffuser too :D

  16. weechonghooi
    weechonghooi ·

    But not the dslr flash.. film canister can be the best color splash diffeser, and they fit each other perfectly.. :)

  17. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    I put beads, sequins, and other crafting materials in my empty film canisters!

  18. tall_bastard
    tall_bastard ·

    traps for ants - i'm biologist :P

  19. d_zappa
    d_zappa ·

    I do the same as nuerodiaz!

  20. renenob
    renenob ·

    Fantastic ideas everyone!

  21. spata
    spata ·

    earrings and necklaces!! :D

  22. mikeydavies
    mikeydavies ·

    my girlfriend always leaves hair grips at my house, so i keep them all in there, saves them from being scattered all over my bedroom!

  23. somapic
    somapic ·

    spare tablet pen tips; jelly shot glasses; and rice rattles…

  24. skrutt
    skrutt ·

    street_smile, thanks for the tip! Need to try that!
    And the tape tip was good too! :)

  25. superkulisap
    superkulisap ·

    same with @meesterbrein since I often go to the beach, I collect sand and put it in the canister :)

  26. farudaru
    farudaru ·

    They're great for carrying your earphones around. The best part is, that the wires dont get messy and tangled!

  27. deepfried_goodness
    deepfried_goodness ·

    I use them for colour gels, batteries, small spare parts and money. The condiment idea is genius.

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