Ideas for recycling empty film canisters

Film Canister

What do you do with your empty film canisters? Do you throw it away after using it or stash it and forget about its existence?

I’ve been thinking if there were any other uses for this item aside from collecting dust. With a little bit of research, I found a few interesting ideas on how you can recycle empty film canisters.

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Store Coins

Let’s get the usual stuff out of the way. You can store up to P200 worth of coins in an empty film canister. That’s more or less the money most Filipinos use for commuting.

Pocket Ash Tray

Using it as a pocket ashtray isn’t as practical as you think it would be but it sure could be eco-friendly. Seeing all that ash in it could even convince you to stop smoking… maybe?

Container for Spices/Pill Box

By punching a few small holes on the cover of a film canister, you can have a DIY spice container. Or if you need an “cheap” alternative for your pills then you can use these plastic containers. Just make sure to wash it thoroughly before doing so.

Pop-up Flash Diffuser

Finally, a hack for photography. Get a translucent canister and slit a hole large enough to fit your camera’s pop-up flash and there you have it… a DIY diffuser.

Make a Pin Hole Camera

Here’s an even better way to use these things – turn it into a pin hole camera. With the right set of tools and an all-black canister, you can have the perfect film photography project. Watch the video below and find out how you can do-it-yourself.

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