Top 10 Things To Make and Do With Old VHS Tapes

Today I have been having a little clean out of my “dump” draw, and I found something that at first I didn’t recognise and indeed many people reading this will have no idea what it was! But it was an old VHS tape of “Space Balls” how or why it was there is irrelevant, what I want to know is what can I do with it? I have not got a “VHS Tape Player” so maybe I need to find a new use for it…

 


Top 10 Things To Make and Do With Old VHS Tapes


 

Top 10 Things To Make and Do With Old VHS Tapes
VHS tape used as a door stop

10 – Lazy Design
www.dineroenimagen.com/2015-04-14/53962

I have to be honest and say I wish my own VHS tapes to have a more dignified life than being used as a doorstop, this would not have made my post “Top 10 Door Stops“.

Top 10 Things To Make and Do With Old VHS Tapes
VHS tape used as an external hard-drive

9 – More memory than a million videotapes!
www.instructables.com/id/VHS-Tape-Storage-Drive/

I don’t know what I love more about this idea, maybe it is the choice of tape used, or maybe it is the idea of using an old videotape as a hard-drive case, no matter what I love more I do like the overall design.

Top 10 Things To Make and Do With Old VHS Tapes
VHS tape used as a wall clock

8 – 2 Timing
www.etsy.com/search?q=VHS%20Clock

Ever wanted one of those executive twin zoned wall clocks? Well, it needs not cost the earth because luckily for us are some very creative people, with some very clever VHS uses!

Top 10 Things To Make and Do With Old VHS Tapes
VHS tape used as coffee table

7 – Coffee Cup Rings
uk.pinterest.com

This rather amazing coffee table made from what looks like hundreds of VHS tapes was created by Josue Ormeno and I personally think it looks rather cool and for a designer made table not that expensive at all.

Top 10 Things To Make and Do With Old VHS Tapes
VHS tape used as Planter

6 – VHS Planter
uk.pinterest.com/pin/273030796136128788/

While not the most creative use of our old video tapes you will ever see here, I still think it is worth bring just outside the top 5, great recycling and very easy to make ourselves.

Top 10 Things To Make and Do With Old VHS Tapes
VHS tape used as Pencil Case

5 – Pencil Case
www.instructables.com/id/A-VHS-Pencil-Case/

Why not go all old school and get this cool vintage VHS pencil case, all you need is an old video cassette and some tools as the step by step making guide will show you the rest!

Top 10 Things To Make and Do With Old VHS Tapes
VHS tape used as Photo frame

4 – Photo frame
www.apartmenttherapy.com/good-idea-diy-vhs-case-photo-f-158152

This idea uses the VHS tape cases rather than the tape itself, but it is still one amazing idea and very simple to do, it also doubles up as a secret hiding place!

Top 10 Things To Make and Do With Old VHS Tapes
VHS tape used as USB Hub

3 – USB Hub
www.instructables.com/id/Glowing-video-tape-USB-hub/

If like me you can never get enough USB ports for all your gadgets, this might well be the answer, by turning an old VHS video cassette into a USB hub you are not only recycling but also solving the issue of lack of USB ports as well!

Top 10 Things To Make and Do With Old VHS Tapes
VHS tape used as Art

2 – Art
www.recyclart.org/2011/12/vhs-butterfly/

I think the artist Sam Hensley missed a bit of a trick here, because with the same amount of VHS tapes she could have made a Space Invaders character rather than a butterfly. But who I am to say what is cool, this is still pretty awesome though.

Top 10 Things To Make and Do With Old VHS Tapes
VHS tape used as Box Shelves

1 –  Box Shelves
en.dawanda.com/diy-tutorials/home/upcycling-vhs-tapes

With nothing more than a bit of glue and maybe some wall plugs and screws you to can make these cool box effect wall shelves! What I liked about this idea is how simple it was and dare I say how cool it looks as well.

36 thoughts on “Top 10 Things To Make and Do With Old VHS Tapes”

  1. I’m neither a ‘food’ person or a cat person. I eat to live, rather than live to eat. As for cats, my favourite species are all bigger and more wild than the average domestic dog.
    I was so impressed by the VHS tape ideas, I am seriously considering a variation on the shelf idea. In the ‘sculpture’ section of my website, I can already see the finished article. LOL. Great site Russell, with entertaining material.

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  3. I don’t know what possessed me to take a look because there isn’t a CAT in sight! But for some reason I felt compelled to check out this post. I like 1, 2, and 4 because I like their new uses. Very creative, Russell.

  4. No problem.
    I discovered that a few years ago when looking for repurposing/upcycling ideas a few years ago. It quickly put an end to many ideas! Weaving of the tape to make various things was definitely off of the agenda.
    They are safe as long as they are left in tact & there are still plenty of things that you can make with them, (eg shelving, stools and tables etc.) And these look awesome if done well!!!

  5. Some really fantastic ideas here, I have turned my old VHS cassettes into a DVD cabinet. However anyone thinking of repurposing VHS cassettes needs to be aware that the inner tape is made of a phthalate-laden form of the plastic polyethylene, often sold under the trade name Mylar, which is not recyclable.
    What’s worse, in these magnetic tapes the Mylar is coated with toxic metals, especially chromium. That’s what allows the tape to carry a magnetic signal. This magnetic coating is very dangerous to breathe in and also dangerous for use within the garden as it will contaminate the soil and water as it breaks down.

  6. The problem is that the tape inside is covered with toxic metals such as chromium (as well as numerous others!). This could leak into the soil and contaminate anything that you have growing in it.

  7. I liked the planter as well, I will have to try and make one, I would have thought the water or indeed any moisture would have leaked out through the holes, but I will have to build one to find out.

  8. Hey, hey. These are some nifty ideas! You always have something fun on your blog. Don’t think I’d like to see your to do or idea list for future posts. Do you take naps between all this wonderful stuff? 😀

    Leslie

  9. I love this. I have probably 100 VHS tapes that need to be recycled somehow. But I have a question for you now: What can be done with those old 8-track tapes? Bet no one under 50 even knows what those were!

  10. Wow… I’m impressed you had a copy of “Space Balls”!

    Number 9 is brilliant! I actually looked at that for a few seconds, wondering about the Star Wars cover before I noticed the USB cable plugged into it.

    Number 8! OMG that is utterly brilliant! I want like a dozen of them to give out for gifts!

    Number 5 looks “groovy”. Ah… the FBI warning on the label and the first 30 seconds of watching the tape. I forgot how happy I am that I never have to look at that damn thing again.

    Number 3 is great too. We should combine #9 and #3 together!

    I think you did well to give the #1 spot to the box shelves; very post-modernistic.

    Another great effort from you Russell! Thanks!

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