Repurpose Empty Film Roll Canisters as Invitation Holders

If you’ve got spent, empty film cassettes lying around collecting dust, Photojojo has a crafty idea for the mindful re-user: make them into rolled invitation or stationery holders.

It’s quite simple: cut and decorate 1.375″ x 11″ strip of paper, pop the top off the film cassette (you can use a bottle opener) and tape the inside end of the strip to the film spool. Wind the paper into the cassette and leave a tab for the recipient to unfurl the message.

The project was inspired by these nifty film roll invitations by wedding photograhers Trevor and Larissa that we featured a few years ago.

After you’re done reusing film cassettes, sure to check out some other DIY ideas we’ve posted on repurposing film canisters: Christmas ornaments and lights, glow sticks, salt and pepper shakers and a room divider.

DIY Film Roll Canister Invites [Photojojo]

  • Linda Campbell

    This would make a great ornament with the child’s wish list to Santa recreated inside…label with year and child’s name. Keepsake!

  • Scott Taylor

    I’m in Melbourne, Australia and have 1000s of these if anyone needs some just ask

  • sab

    Hi … I would love to design my own invites as I am a graphic designer… are you selling them

  • Harley&Austin

    Hi there! I am getting married soon and am trying to make the wedding as unique as possible. I would love to buy at most 200 from you if possible! I am a photographer and cinematographer and these describe me and my fiance perfectly. I just can’t find them anywhere. Please, if you could, get back to me! Thanks so much! c:


    I did a Christmas card about 15 years ago using this exact process for my photo business customers. Problem is only 1/2 of the people “opened” the canister…They were afraid they would expose and ruin the film!