Introduction: Modular VHS Shelving

Save the planet, build a shelf!

When my VCR died, I looked at the stacks of old VHS tapes and wondered what I could do with them. Knowing full well that VHS tapes are considered a hazardous material, I couldn't just throw them out, so I decided to re-purpose them. At the time, I needed a place to store my CD's, and thus the modular VHS shelf was born.

Step 1: Gather What You Need


VHS tapes


glass cleaner

paper towels


caulking gun

interior and exterior polyurethane construction adhesive

Step 2: Clean the Tapes

Once you've got your tools and materials, clean the tapes using the glass cleaner and paper towels.

Cleaning the tapes is an important step because you never know what kind of goodies have become stuck to them over the past few decades.

Step 3: Sand the Tapes

In order for the tapes to adhere to each other properly, you will want to sand the two smaller edges using your sandpaper. Remember, you are using the sand paper to rough the surface up a bit, you are not trying to make it smooth.

Step 4: Assemble the Tapes

Assembly...the final frontier. Grab your caulking gun and put a solid line of polyurethane construction adhesive on the end of your VHS tape, as is shown in the first picture. Repeat this step four times and you now have a very fine rectangular box. Take these individual units and pile them on top of each other to your heart's content.

Step 5: Enjoy Your Craftsmanship

You could paint them, or hang them also, there is no end to the possibilities.

Trash to Treasure Contest 2017

Participated in the
Trash to Treasure Contest 2017

Shelving Contest 2016

Participated in the
Shelving Contest 2016