When I started thinking of uses for things that could be recycled and reused, film canisters came to mind – we have a whole drawer full of them – and I began thinking, “what could I do with these?” I went on-line to search for other people’s solutions, and combined, these are some of the most useful and most fun uses for old film canisters.
They aren’t garbage. Don’t throw them away just yet! Try being thrifty and green (eco-friendly is very in right now) by using a few of these tips and tricks for re-using and recycling those old film canisters.
Use number one: Storage
There are endless possibilities for storing various small items in these canisters. They were, after all, designed to store film. But you don’t have to put film back in them once they are used. You can use them for a whole host of things, such as: nuts, bolts, thumb tacks, push pins, needles, pins, money, buttons and whatever else you can think of that is small enough to fit inside a film canister.
Use number two: Nail Polisher Remover
This is a really inventive way to make your own nail polish remover. Take something spongy, such as a hair roller, and cut it down to size. Put that in the film canister, fill it up with your favorite nail polish remover, and voila! Instant nail polisher remover. Just stick the tips of your fingers in and twist off that old polish.
Use number three: Lip gloss
For the frugal and the inventive, try this trick: take an old lipstick’s remnants and mix it with petroleum jelly in a film canister for portable, tinted lip gloss and lip balm. Easy to do and easy to use, this is any green-minded lady-s must-have cosmetic.
Use number four: Surprises for Children
One person said that they put small amounts of money or filled them with candy, and when their children relatives visited, they would allow them to pick one out and keep it. Seems like a pretty good treat for nieces, nephews, grandkids, the children you babysit, etc.
Another surprise that was mentioned involved the tooth fairy. By putting lost teeth in a film canister, it made sure the tooth fairy could find them easily – and leave her reward in a secure place: the film canister.
Use number five: Cat toys
For your special kitty friend, put in any number of small objects that will rattle when batted and bounced around. Secure the lid. Last step? Give it to your cat pal to play with and bat around the house!
Use number six: Pin cushion
You need to be a little extra-crafty for this one. To make a film canister into a convenient pin cushion without any pins or needles sticking out, you need to be able to sew fabric around stuffing and place inside the canister. You can now stick your pins and needles into the canister, replace the lid and stop worrying about being jabbed or losing your pins and needles.
Use number seven: Paints
If you are a painter, film canister present a grand opportunity for you. Store small amounts of paint in the canisters. Or, if you mix a lot of colors, keep those colors saved and labeled in film canisters.
Use number eight: Stamp dispenser
Cut a slit in the side of the canister. Place a roll of stamps inside. It might require some slick maneuvering to get the roll started, but once you do, you’ll have a handy stamp dispenser.
Use number nine: Lunch box helpers
Guess what? These are perfect for keeping condiments in a lunchbox. Put salad dressings or mustard, mayo, ketchup, etc., in them and tuck them in a lunch box for the on-the-go eater.
User number ten: Toothbrush holder
On a trip? Cut an appropriate sized hole in the lid of the canister. Use it to keep your toothbrush nice and clean when on a trip.
Other uses on a trip include using it as a container to hold small amounts of lotion, sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner -any item of personal hygiene or toiletry that you might need!
User number eleven: Storage containers to keep in your purse
Any lady out there knows her purse is a disaster land filled with anything that anyone could ever want or need – if only you could find it. Try using film canisters to help organize your bag. Use them to store small quantities of pills, such as Tylenol, matches, safety pins, batteries and even mini-first AID kits. Try keeping Band-Aids, cotton balls and alcohol wipes in them to make an on-the-go first AID kit.
Got any creative uses for film canisters? Share away!