Secret Messages from a Spool.


A fellow film photographer’s birthday coming? Need ideas for the coming festive season? Well giving someone a 120film as a gift just got interesting!

Firstly you will need a spare 120 film spool. If you do not have any spare just ask your lab and they be more than happy to give.

1.You’ll need a dark room or dark bag.
2.Transfer the 120 film into an empty spool.( do this in the dark room or in the dark bag)
3.Once done take the empty spool and paste double sided scotch tape on both sides of the spool.

Depending on the mood or occasion, you can choose to use plain paper or wrapping paper. Personally I prefer using plain paper as it gives you more room to be creative.
4.Peel off the double sided scotch tape.
5.Wrap the paper around the spool.
6.Cut a slit in the paper where the slot is located on the spool. Do it for both sides.
(Don’t forget to do this step or else you wont be able to transfer the film back to the spool later on.)

6.Now take your marker pens and get creative. Don’t only decorate the paper, remember the whole spool is your canvas. Feel free to explore. Add sparkles etc.

Once done take the earlier 120film that you’ve transferred and your designed spool into your dark room or dark bag and transfer the film back to the spool that you have designed earlier.

And you’re done.
Give the roll as a birthday gift/christmas gift or just a random gift .
and once that person has finished shooting the roll only then can he/she can see the sweet design that you’ve done for them. Surprise Surprise! It will surely bring a smile to anyone face.


written by azzzy on 2010-12-07 #gear #tutorials #tutorial #tipster #decoration #120-medium-format-arts-and-craft-gift-film


  1. w3irdo
    w3irdo ·

    what a marvelous idea! kudos to you, azzzy. =)

  2. chaoticsense
    chaoticsense ·

    awesome idea! :)

  3. takezzo
    takezzo ·

    hahaha... this is neat

  4. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

    cool! and such a sweet gesture too =)

  5. mochilis
    mochilis ·

    Great!!! Now I just need to know someone who shots 120...

  6. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    sweet idea...

  7. azzzy
    azzzy ·

    thanks everyone! i love this too.! going to make a fellow lomographer really happy this christmas!

  8. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    thoughtful =)

  9. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·


  10. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Hahah that's really cute!

  11. gnarlyleech
    gnarlyleech ·

    neato. cool

  12. cyan-shine
    cyan-shine ·

    Awesome! :D

  13. dogma
    dogma ·


  14. norya
    norya ·

    azzzy... so im expecting a 120 film from you hor... HEHEHHE

  15. azzzy
    azzzy ·

    @norya can can no problem!

  16. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

    nice gift idea!

  17. stickyvinny
    stickyvinny ·

    This is great! :)

  18. kerpella
    kerpella ·

    Yay you published it! Awesome idea. If only I used medium format... Heheh

  19. jeabzz
    jeabzz ·

    sweet :D

  20. ecchymoses
    ecchymoses ·

    how cute!

  21. beni
    beni ·

    great! that surprise! XD

  22. rose_screw_selavy
    rose_screw_selavy ·

    you could also write your message on a blank roll of 120 film and wind it back in the spool. tell your recipient to crack it open.

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