Film Canister Christmas Lights


Have you ever had a roll of 35mm film that did not turn out well? Now is your chance to use it! (Or take some shots of different textures.) These are great for your Christmas tree or to put anywhere as decoration.

All you need:
- a string of christmas lights (white or coloured)
- some empty film canisters with lids (the opaque white ones)
- and some film

- Take your roll of developed film and cut it to fit inside the film canister (I counted 20 sprocket holes)
- Poke a hole through the lid of the canister (I used a screw driver and a hammer)
- Put the cut film into the canister, position it where you want (it should stay in place)
- Put the light through the lid and then put it on the canister
- Do the same thing for the rest of the lights
- Plug in and enjoy!

A great way to recycle unused film canisters and film that didn’t turn out as expected.
(You can also scan your film so you can still make copies of it if you ever want to).

written by gm_mcleod on 2010-12-02 #gear #tutorials #film #tipster #decoration


  1. azzzy
    azzzy ·

    really great idea!

  2. brommi
    brommi ·

    i like it and i'll build it!!

  3. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    great !

  4. shoujoai
    shoujoai ·

    Yeah! Must be great with E6 positives :)

  5. nicx
    nicx ·

    Awesome i'm on a mission now!

  6. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    Haha, nice one!

  7. mrmonsta
    mrmonsta ·

    I think im going to have to do this!

  8. chaoticsense
    chaoticsense ·

    ha, nice! :)

  9. annelie
    annelie ·


  10. icuresick
    icuresick ·


  11. sinvertigo
    sinvertigo ·

    I really like it!... very nice!!!

  12. vgzalez
    vgzalez ·

    I loved it!! Great idea!!

  13. nural
    nural ·

    I just love the christmas spirit!!

  14. trece
    trece ·

    Beware with christmas lights inside film canister because I think it can be warm, and get on fire. I recommend LED light ... that are more economic/ecological :-)

  15. stouf
    stouf ·

    Super idea !

  16. realmustache
    realmustache ·

    this is awesome. too bad the film i buy comes in black canisters. maybe i'll switch for a while :P

  17. a__beautifulsound
    a__beautifulsound ·

    Wow! What a brilliant idea :]

  18. gm_mcleod
    gm_mcleod ·

    realmustache: you can alway try a photography store to see if they have any lying around.

  19. neurodiaz
    neurodiaz ·

    Great idea :D.

  20. brettac
    brettac ·

    Oh my GOD!!! that's an awesome idea!

  21. kerpella
    kerpella ·

    I actually love this SO much! I'm not sure where I can find white canisters, though :(

  22. personthingy
    personthingy ·

    Such an awesome idea!! Totally going to try it when I get my hands on some white canisters :D

  23. i_am_ni
    i_am_ni ·

    Great idea! I just don't have opaque canisters :s

  24. j_robert
    j_robert ·

    haha so clever

  25. djake93
    djake93 ·

    Ah! This is awesome!

  26. yattering
    yattering ·

    omfg! Adorable idea!

  27. anjanidwayne
    anjanidwayne ·

    great idea <3

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