Introduction: A VHS Pencil Case

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A pencil case made from a video cassette,
I apoloise for the image quality.

Step 1: Open It Up

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Get your unwanted Video tape and undo the 5 screws, Four in the corners and one in the middle.
Be careful with the insides of the cassette, some of them you need.

Disclaimer: I'm not liable for any damage to your videos cassettes or tools or yourself.
becareful with tools!!!!!

Step 2: Tape Reels

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Inside , due to the mass production of VHS tapes the inside is not to complicated. There are two reels of tape, containing your old recorded episodes of 'Eastenders' , and two plastic reel covers.
Simply snap these off.

I had already snaped them off before i took the picture, but you can see the remains of the plastic where i failed to snap it off cleanly.

Step 3: 851ft of Tape!! Yippee!

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To take off 851ft of tape off of a reel I suggest hanging it off something and letting gravity pull the tape down.

After disconnecting the end of the tape you need to glue the empty reel to the case.
Be careful with glue!!!!! kids need to seek adult help!!!!

Step 4: The Messy Part

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This bits messy, but easy. Again due to it being cheap plastic it snaps quite easily and thats exactly what you need to do here.

Almost like a plastic wall,there is a piece of plastic that will snap off, but this time you'll need to use cutters.
The part in the picture I left on so it would keep its structural integrity, the some on the other side. Only the middle comes off.

The circle come off as well but be careful not to damage the outer plastic. The screw bit can come off also since you don't really need it.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

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Next you need to file,and abrasive paper the remains of the plastic wall you cut out of the middle.

Step 6: Operation

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To open your case, press the button on the side of the cassette and lift the flap that would usualy cover the tape.
Now you have a Retro case for whatever you want.

Hope this was usefull, not something I use all the time but a good little project I did in my spare time.


WhyHello (author)2011-01-02

i luv it

mgaukrodger (author)2010-01-25

this is apsalutley amazing i made one of these thank you so much

Victoria J (author)2008-05-31

These would be very good as hiding places. Unlikely anyone would find stuff hidden inside. How well do they hold up to opening and closing though ? I've broken VHS cases before just trying to mend mangled tapes - they don't much like being handled. Victoria J

diebunnie123 (author)Victoria J2008-09-26

It's not to delicate but you have to be careful with the lid sometimes.

The Insomniac (author)2008-05-03

Pretty cool. Mind if I use this idea for a stealth case i'm making? I'll credit it to you.

I don't mind at all, i look forward to seeing it on another instructable. :)

Mac_Tonight (author)2008-06-20

I tried this today and I completely failed. D: However, it's a great idea and I'd love to see one that someone used for something really useful, as opposed to my flop. :P

incorrigible packrat (author)2008-04-29

Slickaroo! Ultimate stashbox! Could hold a whole mess of "usb dongles", or whatever the kids are calling it, these days.

ledzep567 (author)2008-01-04

i love "eastenders"!!!!!!!!!!!!!! have you seen "red dwarf"? it comes on really late on PBS. nice instructable

Bongmaster (author)ledzep5672008-01-04

Glad u like Red Dwarf :) i hope they can complete the movie tho :(

caledonian (author)2008-01-04

Interesting idea, and good recycling re-use, keeps the bulk of the plastic temporarily out of the landfill.

!Andrew_Modder! (author)2008-01-04

lol thats.. um. inventive.

GorillazMiko (author)2008-01-04

Awesome idea! I have plenty of VHS cases that aren't being used, maybe I'll make some, decorate it, and give them away as presents, or better yet, sell them! Hahahaha! Just kidding. Great Instructable!

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