Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thrifty Thursday...Recycled VHS Case To Memory Box

Hi Everyone! For today's project, I will be recycling an old VHS case into a memory box. I know...VHS. Who has those anymore?? Well, with this idea, I will be on the hunt for more boxes!! We hardly use DVDs anymore either with Netfix, but those case are too skinny.

Our daughters were born in 1991 and 1992 and that was the height of all the Disney VHS movies that flooded the market...Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan etc. The girls will NOT let us get rid of those movies and I don't want to either...such memories!! I keep them in large plastic tubs and every once in a while they'll go through the box and have movie night.  We still have one VHS player that works. Not sure what happens when that goes!

While cleaning out the basement, I went through that box and I found a few empty VHS cases. I also came across all the boxes of vacation souvenirs that I've kept all these years.  Ever since our daughters were little, I have saved almost every souvenir tidbit from all our vacations. I've saved receipts, tickets, pictures, postcards, pamphlets etc.

I will probably never start scrapbooking at this point and I really can't start another hobby, so this is my version of scrapbooking...scrapboxing!!

Here is my ScrapBoxing idea!!

recycled vhs case

A cute VHS box to store all the goodies from our vacations. It will be so much fun to go through each box and remember all the good times we had.

Here is any empty VHS case.

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recycled vhs case

Some cases have a plastic cover where the movie title paper was.

recycled vhs case

We'll be replacing the title paper with something pretty.

The black and white is vinyl covering, the pink and white is scrapbooking paper and the gray chevron is fabric.

You could also put in a picture from that memory or event to show what's inside.

recycled vhs case

To start, just measure the width and...

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Height of the box.

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Cut out your paper and slip it inside the plastic sleeve.

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Done!!

recycled vhs case

I wanted to use use the black and white vinyl material I used on another project. I bough that vinyl at Walmart. They sold it in packages, but it must have been popular, because I saw it on a large roll sold by the yard.

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recycled vhs case

This will match the decor in my sewing room too!!

recycled vhs case

If your case doesn't have the plastic sleeve, you can always Mod Podge the paper or fabric onto the front.

Mod Podge is a glue and sealer.

recycled vhs case

This is just a small portion of souvenirs from one of our trips to Disney World. Lots more, but this will help me weed out what I really don't need.

recycled vhs case

I'll only keep what fits in the box.

recycled vhs case

I printed a label with a label maker.

recycled vhs case

You can also print one on your computer just on regular paper and slip that into the sleeve too.

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See the case on the top shelf...matches the cans I covered with the vinyl.

recycled vhs case

Here is Scrapbox number 1 in a series of many. I see that shelf filled with memories one day...

recycled vhs case


This story is "to be continued"...we'll see how far I get in this scrapboxing idea. Really need to find more boxes some where. Hmmm...maybe ebay. Lol

Happy Thursday,
~Karen~

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29 comments:

  1. Great idea Karen. I know a place that proably has hundreds of these old boxes. It is a recycling outlet for teachers in the area and is called Leftovers, Inc. There is probably one near you with a different name.

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  3. Hi Karen, wonderful idea to use something we have and to keep only what will fit. Thanks for sharing

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  4. Great idea. My granddaughter sends us cards and cute mementos during the year. You want to do more than toss these in a box. This would keep each year together. Thank you.

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  5. Me viene genial esta idea, tengo un montón de cajas en casa sin saber que hacer con ellas. Un beso

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  6. Great idea! Try freecycle.org for more boxes.

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous AND useful! Love it. Off to thrift store to look for some case.

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  8. I wish I had your organizational skills....that is just awesome!!! could also store the months receipts in them.

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  9. We have the same collection of Disney videos that I'm not allowed to get rid of. Julia and her boyfriend were watching them over Christmas break! I'll see if I can find any empty cases for you.

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  10. Good idea. Pencil boxes would work as well, they're just a little bit bigger & are dirt cheap on clearance after school starts.

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  11. Karen:

    As always love this idea. I also could see a take along sewing box out of one of those. Sturdy and would fit in my purse!!

    I look forward to your posts every week. You have the most creative mind of anyone I know!!

    Keep those ideas coming.

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  12. I love the scrap box idea! And you mentioned DVD cases......I use these to store clear/acrylic stamps that I use in papercrafts.

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  13. Great idea...as we pitch those old VHS tapes...we can reuse the boxes.

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  14. Thank you Karen for another wonderful idea for organization AND recycling! This is a terrific and fun idea for keeping vacation memories. I love the B&W vinyl too!

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  15. I once did the same but using photographs instead but I really love your idea!
    Thanks for sharing! :)

    x Vanessa | houseinthesand.blogspot.com

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  16. You always come up with such good ideas! Thanks for sharing all your ideas with us. :)

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  17. Great idea! I'm currently using one to store my mini glue gun in, but now I can prettify it. :) I also have a lot of old computer disk storage boxes that I can do this with as well...they'd be too small I think to use as souvenir holders, but I could probably find something to store in them. LOL!

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  19. What a fantastic idea. I love scrapbooking and collecting memorabilia but my patchworking has taken over and I don't have time now. I am going to try organising my stuff so that when I can get back to scrapbooking it will all be there sorted and waiting for me. Vicki

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  20. I like your idea. You could also look at the library. Our library recently got rid of all their VHS tapes and I got tapes for my daughter for 25 cents. Some of the cases were actually empty. I might make them into memory boxes for her and include pictures and momentos that she can play with and remember the fun times we had.

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  21. What a cool idea. Unfortunately most of the old VHS tapes I have are in cardboard sleeves. I'll definitely be on the look out at thrift store, etc.

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  22. Why can't I think of such simple projects? Thanks for sharing!!!
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  24. Another GREAT idea! Thanks for the idea and for showing how to accomplish this. Now to find some VHS cases to convert to adorable memory boxes...

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  25. Love this. You really have to stop I have to get my stuff that is piled up done and you just keep me going.

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