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These cassette tape stickers are little odes to the glorious mixtape era. I used to spend hours and hours creating mixtapes for friends. I'd also cherish and constantly replay tapes that local and faraway friends would make for me. Now all those tapes have been lost many moves ago and getting a link to a new MP3 just isn't the same. Oh, analog nostalgia...

But enough about that, let's make some stickers to celebrate the mixtape! As long as you can get some label sheets to print on and can cut a somewhat straight line you can do this in a few minutes. Let's go!

Inspiration for this project from here.
 
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Step 1: Collect images

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All those cassettes are stored away or lost forever, but lucky for us, someone has collected tons of cassette tape images at tapedeck.org. You can even sort by brand, playing time, and quality. It's awesome. Just find some that have a good light area to write custom messages on. Sadly, this rules out many of my favorite TDK tapes, but there are lots of other gems.

So just find the images you want and plop them down into a new file in our favorite image editor. You should be able to fit 8 tapes onto one sheet. Or you can print out the file I put together for this project that has 8 different tape images.

Step 2: Print and cut

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Now all you need is a full-sheet shipping label. I bought these from Amazon, but any other brand should do.

Pop the sheets in your printer, making sure that the printable side is facing the correct direction and print!

After that, just cut 'em out and you're ready to go. I used an Xacto blade to cut, but scissors work just as well.

Step 3: Write messages

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I'm using these stickers to be placed outside so I wrote some titles that could either work as a possible mixtape name or odd little messages on their own.

But they're your stickers, do what you want with 'em.

Note: if you want the stickers to be a little sturdier, I'd recommend a different order here. Print the sheet, write messages, then spray it with some clear coat, and then cut. This will help them last longer.

Step 4: Peel and stick

Don't hoard your stickers, use 'em! After all you can always print some more. They go great on laptops, filing cabinets, or just out and about.

Have fun!
noahh2 years ago
I loved this idea and had some labels already, so I picked my favorite ones and printed them out. Thanks for the awesome idea!
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wholegrain3 years ago
As a nod to the era, I like to include mix-tape art in zip file of music that I share.
http://www.says-it.com/cassette/cassette.php
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love it
Thanks for the great link! I can think of a lot of fun uses.
crishrx3 years ago
Excellent...
Hello Kitty3 years ago
These are awesome!

(and I love Dr. Who!)
ilpug3 years ago
Excuse me, but i think i might steal your idea as street art. Well done.
fungus amungus (author)  ilpug3 years ago
Go for it. I stole it from someone else who was using it for street art.
Okay, then definitely. You might see some up in San Francisco!
Andriffic3 years ago
My dad has like 500.
>.>'
colargolet3 years ago
Great idea. Thanks for sharing!
KittyF3 years ago
Oh goodness, I still have some of these floating around the house.
Warlrosity3 years ago
This is really cool. Like awesome. That website is great. The whole thing is.
Great idea! I found TapeDeck.org a while ago myself, and was surprised and amazed that it existed at all. Mixtapes are truly a lost art - When I make a mix CD for someone, my album art always has a picture of a cassette on it, and I call it a mixtape.
splazem3 years ago
This is sweet!
vishalapr3 years ago
These are awesome!
mikeasaurus3 years ago
awesome!
I miss mixtapes.
sunshiine3 years ago
Thanks for sharing! This gives me an idea with something else.