DIY: Film Canister Gift Box Ornament

They are not as easy to find as they used to be with the use of digital cameras, but you may have one in your junk drawer. If you don’t, ask at your local photo processing place. I did, and they gave me a big bag full of them for free.  They come in all white or black and grey. I will show you how to decorate both. 

These gift box ornaments not only make a great ornament/keepsake to hang from your tree each year, but you can make the event of giving the gift a little bit like a treasure hunt – where the recipient has to search the tree for their gift.  

Supplies Needed:

  • Film Canister
  • White Tacky Glue
  • Glitter
  • Plastic container
  • Ribbon
  • Paint Brush
  • Awl
  • Optional:  Large hole bead and gift wrap

1.  Make a hole in the top of the canister with an awl or pointy object.

2.  Make a loop with a 6-7 inch piece of ribbon.  Put the ends through the hole and tie in a knot. Pull loop up to secure.

3. Use a paint brush to cover the bottom of the canister with an even coat of glue.

4. Roll it in glitter or use your fingers to sprinkle the glitter over the canister. Shake off to make sure the canister is covered in glitter, if not add a bit more glue and glitter again.

5.  Place upside down on a bottle to dry.

Place top on.  Optional:  Add a bead to the loop before putting the ribbon through the hole and securing.


To cover a black and gray canister:

1. Make a hole in the center of the top.  Keep on the awl and cover with glue.

2. Dip in glitter to cover. Let dry.  Cover the bottom by gluing on gift wrap or scrap book paper

Completed Gift Box Ornaments.

Place gift inside.

Hang on the tree. Photo shows the gift box canister with a plain top – no bead.

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