20 things to do
with film canisters
Take a black canister and throw the lid of the canister away: that
is where you look into the "telescope." On the outside of
the other end, girls tape a paper circle on which you have already
made a small dot-to-dot picture of a simple constellation like the
Plough or Cassiopeia. After it is taped on, they use a straight pin
to make a hole through the dot that represents each star. Then point
the end with the holes in it towards a light source and look through
the open end and you will see the constellation.
You need to have a few photocopies of constellations that will fit
with in the middle of the gray top. I checked out books from the library
and shrank the pictures down till I had the correct size. You drill
a small hole (1/8th inch) in the end of the canister. Have the girls
place the gray cap over the constellation they want to make and have
them draw a circle around the constellation. They then cut out the
circle and put in on the top of the gray lid. They take a push pin
and prick the gray cap at each star point. Put the lid back on and
look through the hole at the end. You should see your constellation.
can be used as.....
1) personal S&P shakers for camp
2) holders for smelly cotton balls for identifying smells
3) mini first-aid kits
4) decorate as mini vases (and put in the mini flowers that you can
buy at a
craft store) and use as tray decorations
Use an awl or large nail to poke a hole in the centre of the top.
Take a long piece of yarn/ribbon, about a yard long, and put the two
ends through the hole and tie in a good knot that will not come out
that hole. Then, you can put 2-3 plasters, an antiseptic wipe and
a rubber glove in. Yes, you really can fit it. What you have to do
is start with the finger end of the glove and fold it so there is
no air in the glove. Roll it up small and then put the wipe and plasters
around it. Then use a white label for the girls to write "First
Aid Kit" and put their names. You can also do these in advance
on the computer.
for home made cosmetics - may be best to wash and maybe also
boil them first! (For recipes for cosmetics etc, click here.)
Version 1 - Hot glue a narrow piece of plastic canvas
to the inside lid; hot
glue a pony bead on top of the lid, and thread a necklace length piece
lanyard lacing through the bead. Then fill the canister with bubble
solution, and enjoy!
- All you need for each one is one pony bead, some ribbon or yard,
a small piece of plastic canvas and bubbles. You scrape away some
of the top of the lid so you can hot glue the pony bead on its side.
Then string the ribbon through and you have the necklace part. Take
a small piece of plastic canvas, say 2 squares by 6 squares big, and
hot glue that on the inside of the lid,. You have to hold it while
you are glue gunning or it won't stay straight. Then fill the canister
with bubbles. When you blow through the plastic canvas, many tiny
bubbles float around.
Cut an X-shaped hole in the top, decorate the bottom with stickers,
with water and insert a small daffodil or other available flower.
Use small amount of putty or play dough in canister to hold silk flowers
place. Add small flowers and pin on back.
"Oscar in a can"
Take a large green pom-pom and glue to open end of the canister. Glue
the lid on pompom for lid of garbage can. Add 2 google eyes and a
pin on back to attach it.
Campfire ash necklace
Punch hole in lid and thread yarn through. Label date and place on
outside of canister with your name.
Eggs in a pan" Swap
Cut down and around the side of the film canister to make
a "frying pan with a handle" shape. Hole punch handle for
safety pin to fit through. Take white paint and drop a couple of dots
onto the bottom of the skillet. Let dry a minute and then take orange
paint and drop onto whites for yolks.
Uses grey lids off of film canisters. Take 2 grey lids and glue together.
Take a small strip of leather and glue around outside, leaving some
hanging for the "carrying strap". Glue pony bead on top
for screw top. You can write cute things on outside of canteen like
"thirst for knowledge" or your name and unit name.
35mm film canister
wooden doll head to fit top
bow tie pasta
card or stiff paper
gold elastic ribbon
Hot glue the head
to the flat bottom of the canister. Draw on a face and glue an elastic
loop of gold ribbon on top of head for halo. You may also glue on
straw or other hair. Put dab of glue in middle of bow tie noodle,
let child push it on back of angel to stick. Same with macaroni arms.
Cut the card or paper small enough to fit macaroni arms and glue on
for song book. We also put a piece of mattress foam in canister so
child's finger would fit nicely in the puppet. Set several up around
a table - top tree or glue loop to back and hang on tree.
With an adult's help, use a ballpoint pen to poke a hole in the bottom
of a film canister. Thread yarn through the hole, and make a large
knot at the end inside the canister. For legs, cut four 7-inch-by-1/2
inch strips of felt. Spread glue around the inside edge of the canister
lid. Place the legs on the lid (over the glue) so that their centres
overlap in the middle. Squeeze glue around the open edge of the canister,
and then push it hard into the lid. Make eyes from paper (or use googly
eyes), and glue them on. Hang your spider by the yarn or make him
dance along the floor. If you've done this right, the film canister
should be closed up, with the lid at the bottom and the legs between
the canister and the lid.
Cut wings from black fun foam & add them to the back of a film
Put a face on the lid & black ribbon to hang. For a cat, make
ears & add pipe cleaners for whiskers.
a small ornamental doll
cut an outline from card & stick on the canister then the card
will stand up.
See also Film
Canister Rockets and http://www.makestuff.com/film_cannisters.html