Using "Spools" From Old Video Cassettes

OK, some of you are thinking "this woman has too much time on her hands" but since I quit my job several months ago, I have been continuously going through my house and downsizing. Yesterday, I was straightening up in our video/DVD armoire. I found numerous video cassettes that through the years I would record my soaps on so that I could watch them to relax when I got home from work. I also found some that you use to get with different products like a lawn mower, etc. I got to thinking about what I could do with these tapes. Especially since I DON'T tape nor watch my soaps anymore. (It's funny how you are relaxed, even while cleaning out your home.)

Anyway, I decided to take one of the cassettes apart. After all, the tapes were useless to me. I took the 5 or so screws out of it and pulled it apart. I looked at the two spools that had the video tape on them. I pulled all this off and of course, put it into the recycling bin along with the other casing. I then decided to use the spools and put ribbon on them (gift ribbon that you curl with your scissors and thin satin ribbon for crafts or other projects). I hate the thin paper rolls that the ribbon comes on that get bent and not hold the ribbon straight! The paper rolls will now go into the recycling since I am using the plastic spools which can be used over and over again when you run out of the ribbon! This is a win, win situation for the environment.


If anyone has any other ideas of using any other part of the casing and such, please post it on the website. I am ALL about recycling everything I can!

Source: Me. I figured that something inside that cassette could be used for something else.

By southeastgeorgiapeach from Jesup, GA

October 13, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks for the WONDERFUL idea. Most of us have hundreds of those things lying about.

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October 13, 20080 found this helpful

the tape itself is good to crochet with !

I have done this & it is wonderful !

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October 14, 20080 found this helpful ... rocheted-round-recycled-motif-purse/

Seems like I also read where they used it as a secret place to stash cash or small valuables inside the tape housing but kept in the case in with the other vcr tapes. You have to make sure everyone in the house is on the same page though so no one throws it out, gives it away or loans it out to someone.

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October 14, 20080 found this helpful

I think the tape itself could be used as ribbon for gifts like "movie night" where you wrap up a dvd and micro pop-corn packs etc.

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October 14, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks for the idea of crocheting with it! I will check that out.

Now, this is a great idea and I grabbed my camera as soon as I read it. I have these in my bedroom, and if the tape is backwards on the shelf, it means I can tape on it...etc. My own little code. I was looking at one the other night and realized how much it reminded me of a cats surprised face! Big eyes, a little round place for a nose, and a sneer of a grin if I have ever seen one! You might have to put some electrical tape over the one side opening, but that is easy enough. Some cute glitter for whiskers and making the top corners into ears! What a cute way to celebrate "Halloween"! than with a black Cassette Kitty!

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October 14, 20080 found this helpful

like the other posts, i used the video TAPES themselves and crocheted a beautiful evening bag for myself. whenever i use it - which is often - EVERYBODY tells me how fantastic it looks AND IT WAS FREE using stuff i nearly threw away! go to theres masses of stuff you can do.

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October 14, 20080 found this helpful

Do you have problems with a woodpecker rat-a-tat-tat-ing on the side of your house? Or birds in your garden eating up your tomatoes, or the big black birds taking over?

The film inside the videos or cassette tapes can be used to scare them away....for a while anyway. Cut the film into long lengths,6 feet or so, tie a knot at one end, and put the long streamer where it will blow in the breeze,and shoosh the birds away. The light shines on this film,and it moves with the slightest breeze.

A friend paid much money to an exterminator to stop a woodpecker from making holes in the side of her house. Well,the woodpecker was back again the next fall!! She put several of those "pom-pom-shakers (that the kids have at football games) on the side of her house. Used Duct tape.

The woodpecker has not returned this year. But the funny thing is, he moved to another house in the same neighborhood. They can hear him rat-a-tat-tat-ing away.

Y'all are so smart with these ideas!

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