Introduction: How to Make Star-Lord's 'Awesome Mix'!

About: I love building replica props from films and TV shows. My main interests right now are Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts.

I originally posted this over on my blog, but decided that more people would be able to make use of my tutorial if it was posted on here as well, as this is, after all, a more suitable platform for step-by-step instructions.

I think most of us here have seen the Guardians of the Galaxy, 2014's unexpected box office hit, and with Vol.2 having done even better, it's fair to say that Guardians-frenzy has reached a fever pitch.
And of course, at the heart of both movies are the beautifully put together soundtracks, immortalised in cassette form with Peter Quill's Sony Walkman and the Milano's tape deck. In just 4 easy steps, I will show you how to make your very own 'Awesome Mix' tape, just like Star-Lord's!

Step 1: What You'll Need

All you require for this Instructable are the following few items:

  • a blank cassette tape - 90 minutes long (the original used in the movie is a TDK CDing 2 recordable tape, but I'll be using a close-enough stand in for mine)
  • a stereo cassette player (with built-in CD player)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack CD
  • Awesome Mix Vol.1 or 2 stickers (I have included the files for these above)

Step 2: Recording the CD Onto Your Tape

First of all, gather your materials: a blank tape and the soundtrack CD.

Next, insert your blank cassette into your tape player. Before you begin, it is best to rewind the tape back to the beginning, to make sure nothing gets cut off at the end. Then you should insert your CD into the player and press down the 'record' button. For most stereos, this should automatically press down the play button as well and start playing the CD.

The stereo will record the sound onto the cassette tape as the CD plays, so the soundtrack must be played from start to finish in order for it all to be converted.

Step 3: Creating the Stickers

For the stickers, simply print out the graphics from the first step, either onto sticker paper or just a plain sheet of paper. If you use ordinary paper (like I did) you will need to glue them onto the finished tape -- I used a normal glue stick for this.

Step 4: Finished!

I hope you find this tutorial helpful (and easy to understand/follow!) If you do, don't forget to post some pictures below of your awesome mixes!

Now what are you waiting for, don't you have a galaxy to go defend??