Crafting with VHS Tapescomments (54) February 24th, 2011
Each video yields miles of tape to craft with. You may have seen MyRecycledBags.com. Cindy crochets videotape into a sparkly fabric, sometimes incorporating ribbon to make pretty handbags. (She makes bags from lots of other interesting materials, too.) You can also knit with VHS tape. The resulting fabric is very sturdy.
I also modified my Woven Scrap Journal project, weaving strips of VHS tape to make the cover of this notebook. (It's edged, by the way, with duct tape—duct tape scores again!)
You may have seen this trick during the holiday season—VHS tape makes a nice, shiny ribbon for gift wrap. Look at the tape carefully, and you'll notice that one side is slightly more matte than the other. Run this side lightly over a scissor blade, and it will curl beautifully.
Playing around with the tape, I discovered that if you gently stretch it, the edges will curl in tightly and it will harden a bit. (You may need a few tries to get the amount of stretch just right, but then you'll be able to make yards of stretched tape very quickly, working a section at a time.) The result is something that looks and feels a lot like patent leather cord, and this stuff has lots of possibilities, too.
Following Cathy Callahan's tutorial for making loomed flowers, I turned out a set of pretty embellishments for this thrift-store straw bag, adding a little embroidery floss for color. The flowers will stand up to lots of wear and tear.
And then, just for fun, I tried a little macrame and came up with this quick bracelet. The buttons add a fun touch. (Incidentally, if you have any interest in a how-to for this project, leave a comment and I'll whip something up.)
Granted, all these projects have a Henry Ford "any color you like as long as it's black" vibe, but there's no better way to stretch your creative boundaries than to try to make something new from something old.
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