VHS Tape Bracelet

I recently have started to crochet again, but I am just a beginner so I am trying to make easy patterns.
The great thing about crochet is that easy doesn't necessarily mean can make very nice things using basic crochet stitches!

I first made this bracelet using simple cotton but after I read about the Vintage Contest, I decided to "destroy" an old VHS cassette and see what I could do with it! :D

So, here is my crocheted bracelet made with VHS tape! :)
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Step 1: What you need

  • VHS cassette
  • 1.75 (4) crochet hook
  • screwdriver
  • button
  • needle and thread
  • scissors
List of stitches used for this bracelet:
  • chain stitch
  • slip stitch
  • single crochet - sc
  • half double crochet - hdc
  • double crochet - dc

Step 2:

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The first thing you have to do is opening a VHS cassette:
using your screwdriver, remove all 5 screws in the back of the cassette and open it.

All you have to do is removing the 2 white "wheels" that contain the black tape and putting the rest of the cassette aside.

Step 3:

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You'll see that the beggining of the tape is transparent.
We don't need that part so you can either cut it or separate the 2 parts like I did (see the pictures).

Right now your tape is too large to crochet so gently stretch it with your fingers to harden it and create a thinner cord.
Work on small sections at a time for a better result.

Do this for your whole tape...or at least, enough tape to make a bracelet! :D

Step 4: Let's crochet!

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Now that you have your cord ready, it's time to crochet your bracelet!

Start making a slipknot.
Chain 7 and slip stitch in the slipknot.

Chain 1 and turn.
Make a sc, a hdc, 7 dc, a hdc, a sc and slip stitch in the slipknot.

This is your first scallop!
EL310 months ago
Isn't the tape toxic?
lindarose92 (author)  EL310 months ago
Honestly I don't know, I have seen people using it for many different things...I will check!
joppenheimer10 months ago
Really clever idea and good looking too!
lindarose92 (author)  joppenheimer10 months ago
Thank you so much! :)
pmahi11 months ago
nice bracelet.
lindarose92 (author)  pmahi11 months ago
I'm glad you like it :)
ctx198511 months ago
That's such a cool idea! I never would have thought of that in a million years! And I have almost a million VHS tapes haha
lindarose92 (author)  ctx198511 months ago
Thank you so much!! I wanted to try this with cassette tapes too but I couldn't open them! :D
sabu.dawdy11 months ago
welcome rose
andrea biffi11 months ago
awesome! please add it to the Green Design Contest... this is a great way to recycle something unused and very polluting!
lindarose92 (author)  andrea biffi11 months ago
I wanted to but I have already entered it to 3 contests and that's the limit! Between the Epilog Challence and the Green Design Contest I chose the first one...guess why...!! :D
Wow :). Thanks for sharing your awesomeness Linda :).
lindarose92 (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya11 months ago
Thank You so much Tarun!! :)
Bobey11 months ago
Would you please look at my instructables I am so nice to other people's instructables but all I get is bad comments
lindarose92 (author)  Bobey11 months ago
That's weird, people are always so nice here...I am going to take a look :)
Bobey11 months ago
Who would think of making it out of VHS tape that is awesome:-)
lindarose92 (author)  Bobey11 months ago
I am glad you like it! :)
sabu.dawdy11 months ago
i loved your idea :)
lindarose92 (author)  sabu.dawdy11 months ago
Thank you so much :)
Such a cool bracelet! great work Linda!
M.C. Langer11 months ago
I love it!!! Absolutely fantastic work!
lindarose92 (author)  M.C. Langer11 months ago
Thank you Mario!! You are always so kind! :)
You're welcome Linda! :-)
That's very cool! I didn't know that stuff would harden up if you stretched it!
lindarose92 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick11 months ago
Yes, it's a very cool material! But make sure that you don't stretch it too much otherwise it breaks...and yes, that happened to me twice :D

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