Friday, July 24, 2015

Film Canister Storage Boxes

I'm sure that most of you know by now just how much I love little storage containers.  Industrial style metal drawers, boxes, cubbies, jars, bins, and baskets.  I love them all, especially when they have so much vintage charm. 

Decorated film canisters
My original plan was to put a chalkboard label on the side of each canister so I could identify the contents.  I just wanted to fill them, stack them, then be done with them.

vintage movie film canisters
  Just $1.00 each at the Alameda Antique Faire.  

repurposed decorated metal film canisters
They were just too sad and plain looking, so I decided to pretty them up with hardware and rhinestones.  I drilled a hole in the lid and attached the pink knob with a bolt and nut. All the other parts were glued on with E6000.  That's an old painted doorknob escutcheon hole cover under the bling.

jeweled film canisters trash to treasure
The blue painted knob and pink earring are glued on, and the faucet handle is bolted from the inside.

vintage movie film canisters thimble collection
My thimbles finally made their way out of a zip lock bag.

vintage film canisters repurposed treasures
A perfect size for storing tiny pieces of vintage lace.

collection of decorated vintage movie film canisters
Even if I forget all about what's stored inside each one, at least I'll enjoy looking at them.  Maybe I should still add those chalkboard labels.

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  1. Carlene @ Organized ClutterJuly 24, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Wreally really fun idea! I don't find cool bling very often!

    • Carlene @ Organized ClutterJuly 24, 2015 at 6:51 PM

      I can't type on my ipad.

  2. Cozy Little HouseJuly 24, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    These are just adorable! You come up with the best ideas.

  3. Donna WilkesJuly 24, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    These are precious! I'm copying, sharing and pinning.

  4. handmade by amaliaJuly 24, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    These are brilliant! I've been trying to talk myself into storing my treasures in clear plastic IKEA boxes so that I'll always know what is in them, but that would be an insult, wouldn't it? These are perfect and come with the romance of old movie houses and Greta Garbo.

  5. Gigi Harlan - artistJuly 24, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Those are really cool and I love how pretty you made them!

  6. JunkchiccottageJuly 25, 2015 at 4:23 AM

    These are really sweet. Very creative and pretty. Every little movie tin needs a little bling!
    Happy week end.

  7. A Bit of ColourJuly 25, 2015 at 6:05 AM

    These are just awesome little bins! Love the bling addition! Lovin' your thimble collection too!

  8. lalaJuly 25, 2015 at 7:26 AM

    Oh, I just love these!!!! I have a couple of them, but never had the vision to transform them the way you have. I am so going to pretty mine up - thanks for being so creative & for sharing.

  9. Linda @ A La CarteJuly 25, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    Betsy, these are so cute! Love the industrial look with the BLING on the lid. Perfect for little treasures! You've done it again!

  10. KathyJuly 25, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    You know I have a love affair with little containers so I absolutely adore these!! I would love to look through that collection of lace tinys.

  11. MarriannaJuly 25, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    $1 each! SCORE!!!! And you dressed them up so beautifully. You are a genius and a wonderful artist.

  12. LizJuly 25, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Really nice! I like your timbles too! What a score at $1

  13. Jake's a GirlJuly 25, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    That is a gorgeous idea!

  14. Beatrice EuphemieJuly 25, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    These are adorable, Betsy! So sweet with the thimbles and lace inside, too! I love the blue one :)

  15. PattyJuly 25, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    When I first saw your title I thought you meant the small plastic film canisters. Couldn't really see how those could be blinged up. These are SO much better! Great job! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Michelle L.July 25, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    Transformation! I think the handles do so much to change them into decor. What a deal you got, too!

  17. AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNaJuly 25, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Love them, especially the pink and aqua knob ones! So creative.

  18. cynthia lee designsJuly 25, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    These are so them!!

  19. MaggieJuly 26, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Oh this was a fun post for me, Betsy! I love how you dolled up these canisters!

    When my daughter was in high school, her photography teacher was cleaning house and getting rid of tons of these...all in rusty, patina'd perfection...and asked if any of the students wanted any. No takers! My daughter, bless her heart, said 'uhhh, my mom would DIE to have these'--and she came home with about 30 or 40 of them!!! I've transformed a couple, but now I am newly inspired! I just love them, even plain. But the bling on yours is so adorable!

  20. By NeymesJuly 26, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Oi amiga,bonito por dentro e por fora,adorei os dedais.Boa semana Beijo.

  21. Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home}July 26, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    You're too funny, Betsy! First of all, what a great use for them. Second of all, I'm the same as you, I put things in nice organized containers but if the container is not see-through I forget what I put in them! But you're right - it will be nice just looking at them!

  22. Le-ChatJuly 27, 2015 at 3:25 AM

    These are lovely! As they're all different that may help you remember what's in each. Now that is if you don't start swapping the lids, LOL.

  23. Creations By CindyJuly 27, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    Betsy, these turned out just darling! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  24. Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel VintageJuly 27, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    These are so lovely Betsy! $1 a canister is a fabulous deal. I would have scooped them up too. Love what you did with them.

  25. The Polka Dot ClosetJuly 27, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Oh Betsy...They are adorable, i have so many small things, what perfect storage boxes!


  26. Chatfield CourtJuly 27, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    So pretty and such a creative way to reuse the canisters.

  27. Chatfield CourtJuly 27, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    So pretty and such a creative way to reuse the canisters.

  28. LindaJuly 28, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    I absolutely love these, and I also love how you are using them!

  29. The Speckled Hen CottageJuly 28, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    And the Oscar goes to Betsy for best use of a film canister!!! Oh my gosh these are so cute. I'm thinking you could put little chalk labels on a bunch, stack them odd numbered, and crown them with the blingy ones. Have a lovely week ~ Mickie

  30. must love junkJuly 28, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Betsy, these are seriously the cutest!! I don't know how you keep coming up with such creative ideas! :)

  31. Curtains in My TreeJuly 28, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    so cute and pretty

  32. Linda @ Itsy Bits And PiecesJuly 28, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Wonderful transformation...went from ordinary to special!

  33. Rosemary@villabarnesJuly 28, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    I love the bling, and, pops of color.

  34. JeanieJuly 29, 2015 at 5:53 AM

    Love, love, love, love, love, love, love! When I think of film canisters, I think of those big movie reels but these are a wonderful size -- just perfect. And the bling couldn't be better! Bravo -- beautiful find and wonderful results!

  35. BlissJuly 29, 2015 at 6:49 AM

    Love them!!

  36. My thrift store addictionJuly 29, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Love, love, love! You are so creative!

  37. Linda NelsonJuly 29, 2015 at 5:54 PM


  38. Suzan SweatmanJuly 31, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    These are just beautiful Betsy - you come up with the most amazing ideas and beautifully salvaged items - and I adore the bling !

  39. Julia - Vintage with LacesAugust 1, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    You had gotten a great deal for 1 $ each, Betsy. They are all so beautiful after you put your magic on them. The handles and embellishments are just perfect. What a lovely way to store all those little bits and pieces.

  40. ANNEAugust 1, 2015 at 5:41 AM

    so gorgeous!!!! Love these. Great idea!

  41. LaurieAugust 1, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    These are adorable!

  42. Peacewytch SAugust 1, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    I don't have any film canisters but I've been hoarding the cans little candles come in...perfect idea!! :oD

  43. Kim JonesAugust 2, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    precious! What a good ideas for a multitude of things!


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