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