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"Film Canisters" Common Things With Uncommon Uses


1. Toolbox. Store small nails, screws, nuts, or bolts inside.
 

2. Paperweight. Fill with sand and decorate.
 

3. Dry box. On camping and boating trips, film canisters will keep your paper money dry.
 

4. Shakers. Drill holes in the lids of metal film canisters and fill with salt, pepper, or spices. Now you have disposable dispensers for camping and picnicking.
 

5. Pillbox. Keep aspirin, pills, and vitamins in separate canisters when traveling; label with masking tape.

 

 

6. Candle mold. Tape a wick to the bottom of the canister and tie it to a toothpick across the top. Pour in hot paraffin and let harden overnight.

 

7. Organizer. Put paper clips, rubber bands, and safety pins in individual canisters and label.

 

8. Coin holder. Use to hold change for telephones, buses, tolls, parking meters, or laundry.

 

9. Jewelry box. Store earrings and rings in a canister; put chains in individual canisters to keep them tangle-free.

 

10. Swimmer’s helper. Carry your earplugs to the beach in a film canister. Then make a swap—put earrings and other small jewelry inside the canister so that they’ll be protected from moisture and sand.

 

11. Battery holder. Use as a container for AA and AAA batteries.

 

12. Stamp saver. Keep stamps unstuck and all in one place.

 

13. “Dry” ice cubes. Partially fill with water, freeze, then cap tightly. Place several in a pitcher of iced tea, lemonade, or martinis to chill the beverage without diluting it.

 

14. Sewing kit. Put two needles, black and white thread wrapped around a piece of toothpick, a couple of buttons, and several safety pins in a canister and pack in your suitcase for emergency repairs.

 

 

 

 

 

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