I initially wanted to make a case for this mixtape entirely out of an old 45, but after careful consideration (and by that I mean laziness) I figured it would be best to glue it onto the original tape case.
I planned to use two records in the beginning, when I was still ambitious enough to try making the non-tape-case-case, but I figured covering 5/6 sides was good enough. after I marked out the dimensions of the case on the record, I verrry verrry slowly and carefully cut the vinyl into the pieces I needed. unfortunately, two of the thinner pieces cracked in half while I did this, but once they're glued onto the case you can barely tell.
I filled the hole with a piece of the paper sleeve the record came in (which I also used to cover the 6th side) and a small heart I cut out of a scrap of the leftover vinyl.
after sanding all the sharp bits, I glued them onto the case (making sure everything still functions normally), let it all dry, then filled in the edges with black glossy fabric paint. after that, I glued the pieces of paper I set aside onto the remaining side of the case.
for the tape itself, I used the rest of the paper sleeve, cut into the shape of the standard tape inserts.
unfortunately, the music on the tape doesn't really fit with the whole sort of retro-esque theme. I'm thinking I may redo it with more of a silly 80s/80s revival feel.
(don't worry, I would never bring harm to a pat benetar record that was still in good playing condition - how would I practice my karaoke skills at home?! I bought this one at value village and it was extrememly warped!)
PLEASE DISREGARD THE "CRAFTY CARPET". I had just finished making a skirt. I do vaccuum once in a blue moon, I swear.