Step 2: Unbend the Spiral

To prepare the notebook you will first need to take the spiral off of it.  Start by unbending the spiral at both ends. Usually a bit of the spiral will be hooked around itself and you should unbend the hook and then the rest of that part to free the spiral from the notebook.

On one side the wire should be bent so as to form another loop in the spiral. This is the side that will be pulled through the rest of the notebook. The opposite side only has to be unbent enough to allow the spiral to spin a turn or so.

I only used my multi-tool pliers but you may find a second set of pliers useful for this step.
AWESOME!! I just sold my VHS collection at a yard sale, but I've been wanting one similar to this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/63433846/golden-grahams-cereal-box-spiral?ref=sr_gallery_15&ga_search_query=spiral+notebook&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=&includes[0]=tags&includes[1]=title&filter[0]=handmade But knew I could make it myself. I just didn't want to have to buy a bind it all. This is great inspiration, I knew it could be done.
 great idea, but if those star wars boxes were in great condition, which they look like they were, and if so were the tapes themselves, then they would have been worth a lot as a collectible.
Most such collectibles aren't as collectible as you think. Some such things sell on ebay for reasonable prices and some don't sell at all.<br />
That is quite true. I have a huge record collection that is almost priceless to me. I went on eBay just to get an idea of the vast fortune I must have had in my fabulous collection and to my dismay, records are still about what they were worth back in their heyday. Still, in my eyes, my vinyl is gold. Lol Nice ible. Will do again and again and pass it on! Thanks.
I used to watch that star wars movie when I was still in pre-school.It a lot better than the new star wars.Lol&nbsp; but anyway very nice instructable!
lol from afar I thought those were the family guy parody films haha but great idea<br />
&nbsp;Oh cool! &nbsp;Now what to do with the leftover VHS tape?
Weave a rug?&nbsp;:D<br />
&nbsp;Hmm.... Maybe crochet a sweater?
That would be really cool!&nbsp;
It kinda sounds like it would be really sweaty, actually :)&nbsp; But you could crochet a rug too. &nbsp;Or knit one!
Hehe yeah :P I&nbsp;so wish I&nbsp;could chrochet... I&nbsp;just saw that you crocheted a giraffe and I'm so jealous! Giraffes are amazing.&nbsp;
Crochet a market bag<br /> <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Joining--Crocheting-Recycled-Plastic-Shopping-Bag/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/id/Joining--Crocheting-Recycled-Plastic-Shopping-Bag/</a>
kite tails..<br />
This is so COOL! I am SO going to try this! What a great use of outdated technology!<br />
&nbsp;That phrase &quot;about as useful to me as a collection of rocks&quot; and others like that were once used to describe 33 1/3 &nbsp;and 45 rpm records. Sure glad I kept mine.&nbsp;
You have a point. I also know that some people, namely geologists, do collect rocks. I think this is a value judgement best left to the individual.<br />
You have done a really nice job and I&nbsp;commend you.&nbsp; However, couldn't you have simply glued the cut-down VHS cover over the stock cover?&nbsp; That would have saved a lot of time and made for a stronger surface.&nbsp; Admittedly, it wouldn't have looked quite as nice.<br />
As you said, it wouldn't have looked as nice. I considered gluing it to the cover after undoing the spiral to add strength, but I didn't want to wait for glue to dry. It doesn't actually take that long to take apart notebooks and punch the holes. (And I usually pay careful attention to detail.)
&nbsp;The finished product looks sooooo good. I would love to do this but I don't know if I could take apart my copies of the original trilogy. Maybe I'll just print them out and put them on.
These are pretty cool.&nbsp; Great step by step instructable.&nbsp; Any ideas what to do with the plastic mold VHS&nbsp;covers...?
Great idea!&nbsp;I never even thought of swapping the cover -I just unwound the spiral and printed a funny message on the upper part of all the pages (used a laser printer).<br /> <br /> I used it as kind of a gag gift -I actually just threw it into the mail-slot for the MASH unit in my battalion -one of the medics claimed it and none could find out who made it for a long time.<br />
I&nbsp;love this.&nbsp; Maybe i will be able to part with my VHS collection after all...<br />
Thanks. That was my goal as well.<br />
I went looking for them over the weekend and remembered that i took them to the thrift store a few months ago.&nbsp; Drat.<br />
They're probably still there!<br />
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Thanks for the heads up. This has given me quite a few hits in the past hours.<br />
yup!<br /> i frequent LH alot, so i see articles coming from Ibles and i usually try to leave the author a comment on it&nbsp;
Beat me to it!<br />
heh-heh<br /> <br /> snickers<br /> you are no match for me, BUWAHAHA!<br /> <br /> ahem-oh...did i say that out loud?&nbsp;<br /> *blush*
I made these over the weekend. They turned out awesome; thanks for the idea!
As a suggestion - If you don't want to punch all those holes by hand&nbsp;(and finding a tiny hole punch like the one shown may be more fun than you'd expect), most office supply stores offer binding services!&nbsp; You can take your cover and back tot hem and have them punch it!<br /> <br /> The only caveat is that lining up the first hole with the rest of the pages may also be a lot of fun... I'd recommend leaving it a little longer than needed and then trim it to fit/line up with your paper once punched!<br /> <br /> Great idea!&nbsp; Nice writeup!<br />
I considered having an office store bind it for me and have had that done before. The problem for me is not only the cost of having the binding done professionally but that I feel it also makes it less special than being handmade. The punches are actually very easy to come by. I found the one I&nbsp;got in the first hobby store I tried. If you can't find one locally I found a similar one on Levenger for less than three dollars.
Great job! looks fantastic... just makes me sad to see those starwars boxes go like that.<br />
Great instructable!<br /> <br /> 5 stars :)<br />
Matching bookmarks too, nice!<br />
This is awesome. <br />
wow!? star wars fan much? lol NICE... pretty cool idea<br />
&nbsp;I'm not really sure, but wouldn't it be easier to just glue on the cover? Cool idea anyways!

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