5 Ways to Reuse a 35mm Film Canister

5 Ways to Reuse a 35mm Film Canister

Joelle Alcaidinho
Nov 28, 2011

While it has been some time since we've shot 35mm we do still have quite a few canisters around. Some of the film canisters are vintage and are made of metal, like the one above, and others are the opaque plastic that we grew up with. With the holidays right around the corner we were curious if we could put these canisters to good use by upcycling and giving them as gifts to our photography loving friends, and thus this roundup was born.

5 Ways to Reuse a 35mm Film Canister:

1) Salt & Pepper Shakers Originally spotted in the MoMA Store a few years back, the 35mm as salt and pepper shakers are a great idea. Simply drill holes in the top of the canisters and voila you have salt and pepper shakers that make a great gift for that photonerd friend.

2) Mini Planters: Have some tiny seeds that need a home before they are transplanted into the garden? Use 35mm canisters as mini planters! This idea came to us from Trains.com where we are pretty sure they were used for mini railroad foliage.

3) Mini Fishing Reel: Not just for catching tiny fish, this project by Lennyb can also be used to wind up and store a variety of thread, wire, and line. Having a mini spool of often used wire is very handy and when it looks like a 35mm film canister there is no need to hide it away.

4) Film Canister Flash Drive: Flash drives seem to be made out of anything these days so why not out of 35mm film + canister? Follow Bernard Bael's instructions to create your own out of 35mm film + canister.

5) Flash Diffuser: Use the opaque plastic canister to diffuse the on camera pop-up flash. This ingenious flash diffuser was suggested by Unplggd reader Picantel who adds that after cutting the slit lengthwise in the canister, you should drill a hole at the corner in order to slide it onto your camera strap so that it's easily accessible.

What are some ways you have reused film canisters?

(Lead Image: Joelle Alcaidinho)

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