For my first project with VHS tapes, I created shelves with them. Tapes make great box shapes and are ideal for small shadowbox-type wall shelves. Simply arrange the tapes in a square shape to make the shelf. They hang easily with small nails in the wall.
I made the first box shelf to more easily display my Twin Peaks Funko Pop collection and keep it more easily with the rest of the Twin Peaks memorabilia on my living room wall.
Later on, I needed a rack to display my personal cassette tape collection on (aka the collection that will NEVER be used to make anything from :)), so I built another box shelf that was a little bit bigger. Unfortunately, I've already run out of room on it....
When my Twin Peaks shelf worked out so well, I adapted the idea to be much taller and free standing. This rack was made from 49 tapes and holds 36 Funko Pop figures. It is also able to be added on to on the top or the sides as my collection grows.
The coolest thing about all these shelves is that they look like regular shelving until you look closer and see the movie labels. I also try to find videos that were rentals to get more of the retro feels of the glory days of video tapes. Nothing beats a "Please Be Kind...Rewind" label on the side of your shelf to let everyone know what that particular shelf piece once was.
Nobody loves me. That's what VHS tapes currently mean to the world. Replaced by DVD, Blu-Ray, digital downloads and now Netflix and streaming, masses of videotapes are now left to collect dust in basements, landfills and thrift stores. Even thrift stores can't get rid of them as VHS sadly didn't even slightly catch on to the "retro cool" nostalgia trend that even audio cassettes got a little of.
When we apply the "building block" concept that Cassette-Cycle is built on, it's a lot easier to see that VHS do have a reuse. They look just like the big wooden blocks kids build with in kindergarten, are made of sturdy plastic and their innards give each tape some weight. Also, no grooves on the outside of the tape to have to work or cut around. This makes for solid and stable construction blocks.
Not only that but they are black (most of them) so they are subtle enough to blend in, but still look unique upon further inspection.
With that in mind, I started building...keep reading this blog for my VHS shelves, racks and if all goes well, a coffee table :)
Let's see what we can build!