Ideas For Reusing an Outdated Collection of VHS and Audio Tapes

Ideas For Reusing an Outdated Collection of VHS and Audio Tapes

Gregory Han
Mar 6, 2013

There's a good chance if you've got a garage, storage unit, basement, or attic, there's at least one box filled with old cassette and/or VHS tapes. I often spy boxes of yesteryear's media thrown curbside offered "for free" and I began wondering if there were creative, yet useful, ways to reuse video and audio tapes around the house...

Remember those VHS tape rental boxes from just a few years ago? Wall mounted, the plastic cases make a halfway decent photo frame and storage unit, as devised by Heidi Lehto of Divaani Blog. This solution might also be a good way to hide wall-mounted controls (like an alarm system) you'd rather keep away from view.

Most VHS and audiotape reuse projects focus on the plastic cases or the housing, but Amanda of Vintage Savoir Faire impressed me with her crafty reuse of the tape itself. What was once marked for the donation pile was instead turned into a plastic grocery bag holder, woven from video tape. There's even a small hole at the bottom to pull out plastic bags when needed.

Physical media like VHS and audio tapes weren't just for watching, they were inherently a way for us to profess and showcase the movies and music we love. I can remember carefully curating how my cassette tapes were displayed (and later CDs and DVDs), so I can understand why someone would turn their beloved collection of favorite movies into a display table like this IKEA Hackers project.

(Images: Fernando de SousaHeidi LehtoVintage Savoir FaireEd Cartledge)

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