Think Twice Before Tossing Away Your Film Canisters

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It's easy to unconsciously collect film canisters. When you're loading up a fresh roll of film, you mindlessly toss it in your camera bag, chuck it in your pocket, or leave it lying around until you forget about it. And before you know it — ta-da! — you have accumulated a ton of empty film canisters. So what do you do with the bulk? Here are a couple of ideas to help reduce your plastic waste.

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DIY Film Canister Diorama

Who knew that a film canister could house a miniature piece of art? With a small pair of scissors or Stanley knife, color gels, glue (and your imagination!), you'll be making a fun-sized diorama in no time! Follow the step-by-step guide to find out more.

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Planting with Film Canisters

Calling all urban farmers! Here's a great project for you and your office buddies. Breathe new life into your living space by adding some small plants or herbs. Place your film canister near your windowsill and don't forget to water it when needed. Follow this step-by-step guide to see how it's done.

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We'd love to learn some new tips from you, so if you have any cool ideas about reusing film canisters, let us know! Share your tips in the comments box below.

2018-08-13 #culture #tutorials

15 Comments

  1. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Fun

  2. keithtwalsh
    keithtwalsh ·

    I use them to store camera batteries when not in use.

  3. keithtwalsh
    keithtwalsh ·

    I use them to store camera batteries when not in use.

  4. beblo
    beblo ·

    I store the processed negative film roll inside it's original plastic film canister.

  5. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    About plastic (and e-waste): there is a new book, CTRL-X www.kailoeffelbein.com/ctrl-x-a-topography-of-e-waste that open the mind

  6. jm60
    jm60 ·

    I have used many for small parts over the years. They also work in a pinch for holding paint (it will store well enough for a few days too when the cover is on them).

  7. schwarzesauge
    schwarzesauge ·

    A good friend of mine works in a kindergarten. the kids love this parts. They tinker, they store their little secrets away. So a Kindergarten is definetly a good place for the canisters!

  8. megalithicmatt
    megalithicmatt ·

    I use the black canisters to hold undeveloped film if it's been torn off from the reel. Sometimes sellotape them together end to end to hold medium format film. Clear ones hold small change.

  9. jaunman
    jaunman ·

    I use them to keep small change in. Or coin tubs

  10. driftusmaximus
    driftusmaximus ·

    I got so fed up with all the film canisters, boxes, cellophane and rubbish that I started buying film in bulk and rolling as and when I need it.

  11. driftusmaximus
    driftusmaximus ·

    I got so fed up with all the film canisters, boxes, cellophane and rubbish that I started buying film in bulk and rolling as and when I need it.

  12. wahiba
    wahiba ·

    Discovered just the other day that they are perfect for £2 coins, about £32 when full.

  13. msiegel
    msiegel ·

    When going camping or hiking they are great to store salt and/or herbs and spices and other small things. They are waterproof!

  14. clarice629
    clarice629 ·

    if the size fits, the canisters are great for storing coins.

  15. rointhos
    rointhos ·

    Great for collecting stray spiders from around the home and re-locating outside.
    Bear in mind though that some spiders can be a bit fussy and prefer the Fuji canisters to the Kodak ones.............

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