Many of us movie lovers still have our old collection of VHS tapes stashed away in boxes. We also have DVDs we no longer watch because they are scratched up or ruined, or because we have replaced them in our collections with wide-screen or special editions.
There’s no need to keep things no longer useful, but don’t throw them away either. Here are some simple upcycle ideas for both VHS tapes and old DVDs.
Old VHS tapes
Construction or wrapping paper
Small metal bowl
To Upcycle DVD’s:
Place a DVD shiny side up underneath a candle, to reflect the light.
Use your DVDs to reflect your Christmas lights by inserting the light bulb into the small hole in the center, and the shiny side will reflect the white or colored lights.
Make a sun catcher by gluing 2 DVDs with the labels together and shiny sides out. Suspend from a string to reflect the sun. These are useful in the garden as scarecrows of sorts, and will frighten away various creatures.
Break your old DVDs into pieces to make mosaic crafts. Be careful that you do not cut yourself; the edges are sharp. Glue the pieces of DVD onto stepping stones and fashion a pretty garden path. Or, glue them to the outside of a round Styrofoam ball to make your very own disco ball.
You can also use a small metal bowl as a mold, and gently melt the DVD using low heat in your oven. This makes an interesting bowl for your coffee table, and is a good upcycle for featuring the label side of a DVD.
Many folks reuse their old DVDs as coasters. To do this, just glue on a circle of felt on the bottom of the DVD to keep your drink from slipping.
To Upcycle VHS Tapes:
Pull out the tapes and knit. You can use a loom or needles to knit anything you choose. A favorite knitting project with VHS tapes is a bag. You can even crochet the tape and make an open mesh type of shopping bag. If you don’t knit, but know someone who does, consider gifting that person with yards and yards of tape. They will likely be intrigued and pleased to knit something that would have been thrown away.
After you have removed the tape for knitting, the empty VHS cassettes make excellent building blocks for a child. Any young child will be entertained by a new and different set of blocks to build with, and they are happy to build with the VHS cassettes just as they are. But, it becomes more fun when the child helps cover the cassettes with construction or wrapping paper and is allowed to draw or paint on their blocks.
If you have a large VHS collection and no child to use them as blocks, you can build with them yourself. Glue stacks of VHS cassettes in their boxes together to make legs for a one of a kind, small or large, conversation piece table. You can even glue VHS cassettes and/or boxes together to make a shelf for your DVDs.
Use your imagination to think of more ways to upcycle your old movies into useful new items. Whatever you do, don’t throw them away!
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