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My mom was going to throw a bunch of old Beta tapes and I decided to rescue some of them for some recycle-crafts, this is the first one I figure for them... the Beta Tape Box... which is basicaly a Box covered with woven Beta tape...
I've been covering boxes with different recycled materials, to store other recycled materials XD...  

This one was pretty simple but, you know, it does take some time to finish...

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Step 1: Materials

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You'll need

- A box (or anything you want to cover in tape)
- A tape source (in this case a Beta cassette)
- Screwdriver (to open the cassette)
- Scissors
- Adhesive tape
- Packing tape (as reinforcement)

Step 2: Get the tape

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First open the Beta cassette and take the tape out... measure and cut strips for each side of the box... vertical and horizontal strips...

Step 3: Start sticking and waving

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Using the adhesive tape stick the vertical strips to one side, one by one... stretch them to be sure they're straight... then stick the verticals...

Then start waving them... you can do an over-under or an over-over-under-under or to play with that like over-under-under-over and so on... so this is just a repetition thing... be careful and stretch the strip... then use adhesive tape to stick it... (i made it double)
The next row should be the opposite of the previous one... so go under if the previous was over and viceversa... then stick it...

Go on until the face is covered...

Step 4: Reinforce corners, the botom and inside

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Once you have the 4 sides covered, reinforce the botom of the box with packing tape so the adhesive tape don't come off... you may want to do the same in the inside... and cover the corners with some Beta and adhesive tape...

Cover the lid as well... I changed the pattern to an over-under... Reinforce corners as well.
pmkl5 years ago
i still have an old copy of ET on a Beta Tape!!! I don't think i could part with it though!! The box looks awesome btw
lemonie5 years ago

Hmm, I have a lot of video tape too...

Rainy Day Wolf (author)  lemonie5 years ago
You'll cover the world XD... I actually used less than a half of one single beta videocassette to cover the whole box ;)

I've got >50 VHS cassettes.

Mirime5 years ago
Um... What is a Beta Tape?
Rainy Day Wolf (author)  Mirime5 years ago
well... once upon a time where DVD's were far away to come... there was a great way to watch movies at home... was pretty expensive and all... but was light in darkness... and it was called BetaMax a videocassette tape that could be recorded and was developed by Sony... eventually the Betas where left in the past due to the VHS... but their legacy continues within some of our kind-of-old hearts... treasuring our first recordings of old cartoons and stuff... Long live the Betas... (you can actually see a Beta videocassette in the materials picture of this instructable... now they seam forgotten by many and unknown by many more... like the longplays of homevideo)
Sorry I know what laser disks are still watch some of the old Star Wars and Yellow Sub. on it i can use the vcr faster tmy sister on her dvd player but i handn't heard much about Beta Tapes
Rainy Day Wolf (author)  Mirime5 years ago
nah, don't worry... they are old stuff... started on the 70's became popular on the 80's... then kind of vanished, but are still pretty... I think
spacehead5 years ago
Very nice! Check out www.sonicfabric.com and see the stuff being made with old cassette tape
Rainy Day Wolf (author)  spacehead5 years ago
wow... that's sooo cool!!
LoneWolf5 years ago
Hey, this is a pretty good idea for some of those movie nuts we have here. You should add it to one of their groups.
Rainy Day Wolf (author)  LoneWolf5 years ago
LOL thanks
lol Your welcome.