DIY: Film Roll Wedding Invitations

Whilst looking for wedding invitations I came across a very original idea that I really loved, a film roll wedding invitation.

Inspired by Trevor and Larissa, the first couple to share their idea with everyone, I have created a simple invitation to show you how you can do it at home.

It is really easy, and once you get the hang of it, you can complete a film roll in less than five minutes!

Firstly, you need to get hold of empty film roll canisters. I rang up my local photography shop and asked if they could keep them for me instead of throwing them away, they happily obliged. By the end of the week, they had gathered a total of 40 for me.

Once you have the empty canisters, and you know what design you would like for the invitation, you need to think about the packaging.

I thought of various different packages, one of them being a nice organza bag with rice inside, but as an alternative (more personalised) option I decided to go for a cute homemade box instead.

Making a small box is not as difficult as you may think, especially with the help of a Cricut crafts machine (my new best friend!), which is used for cutting paper, vinyl and fabric. The Cricut machine does it all for you, it’s like a printer but instead of printing it perforates shapes on the paper, ready to be easily popped out to use.

Once you set up the Cricut and download the required software, you are all set to go. I chose a gift box from the wide range of designs they offer, and once it had cut it out for me, all I needed to do was fold the parts and stick them together with glue.

After finishing the packaging of my invitation, I began working on the film roll canister.

As I mentioned before, I decided to create a really simple design for the outside of my roll. All I needed was white address labels and a long strip of paper with the details of “my wedding” wedding written on it, such as who is getting married, where the ceremony is taking place and where I will celebrate.

Once you have your strip of paper cut out, all you need to do is tape the inside end of the it to the film spool.

Then you wind the paper into the canister and leave a tab for the recipient to unfurl the message, I chose the word PULL.

You can choose to leave the exterior of the film roll as it is or decorate it with an address label with text on it or any other personal decorative touch you may think of.

I went for the second option and included text on the outside of the roll.

To complete the invitation, I put the film roll inside my lovely box, filled the inside of it with rice and wrapped it with a bow.

Et voilà, wedding invitation done!

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  1. Hi,

    what type of paper did you use in the film canister?.


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