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REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING => What the heck can I do with THIS? => Topic started by: Quantumphysica on April 07, 2015 07:35:02 AM



Title: CD and cassette cases (and some unused cassette tapes)
Post by: Quantumphysica on April 07, 2015 07:35:02 AM
I have a bunch of translucent cassette and CD cases, and also some old but unused cassette tapes. Anyone have a good idea for what I can do with them? I have the feeling they might be good for crafting, but I can't think of something to do with them…

This is the kind of cassette tapes/boxes I have:



This is the kind of CD cases I have:




Title: Re: CD and cassette cases (and some unused cassette tapes)
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on April 07, 2015 09:22:22 AM
I have made many CD calendars from the CD cases...just google it...DIY CD Calendar.  You can use your own papers, or buy preprinted ones...they are quite popular.

http://www.createcraftlove.com/2014-diy-calendar-case/

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=401326.msg4716536#msg4716536



Title: Re: CD and cassette cases (and some unused cassette tapes)
Post by: fatewineroses on April 07, 2015 09:55:57 AM
I've seen projects where people have crocheted or knitted with the tapes. The stuff is pretty tough.


Title: Re: CD and cassette cases (and some unused cassette tapes)
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on April 07, 2015 10:48:49 AM
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=401326.msg4716536#msg4716536

These cute wallets were made by one of our own craftsters!


Title: Re: CD and cassette cases (and some unused cassette tapes)
Post by: NoShowJr on April 07, 2015 09:57:11 PM
I had actually just seen this on a Pinterest page, of a shop that I frequent locally, and had saved it.  Might be of use to someone.  https://m.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fpin%2F358810295287245348%2F&h=lAQFkauHT&enc=AZOXceydJAMWjl8b43_hyB0x2s-FZecUohMY_MNFk1fSTZ3hIM5LSZY34nRfXygyDau63r08i_k2X2jNrQk0uRVY&s=1


Title: Re: CD and cassette cases (and some unused cassette tapes)
Post by: jazzminh on April 10, 2015 11:43:54 AM
I use cd and cassette cases to make mini-cabinets that are used to store spices, cosmetics, knick-knacks, office odds and ends and - cds!

I cover each case with paper (recycled magazines, maps and wrapping paper), using rubber glue. Then I construct the cabinet, using a hot glue gun to glue the paper-covered cases together. Four cases make up a box, to which I add three sides for the next box. The back can be made up of additional cases, if you have a lot, or a piece of cardboard cut to size and covered with paper for strength. I cover the joints with additional strips of paper and seal the whole cabinet with mod podge. Each cabinet is made with one type of case - either cd or cassette, so that they fit.

I work almost exclusively with recycled materials, from fabrics through paper to old computer parts, but neither I nor anyone I know has come up for a use for old cassettes. Find an ancient cassette player and listen to them?


Title: Re: CD and cassette cases (and some unused cassette tapes)
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on April 10, 2015 01:29:02 PM
I use the tapes to crochet with to make baskets to hold pens...pretty tough stuff...

jazzminh--do you have a picture you could post?  I bet those cabinets are wonderful storage!


Title: Re: CD and cassette cases (and some unused cassette tapes)
Post by: jazzminh on April 10, 2015 03:51:45 PM
Since I may not have explained my project well, I finally got around to learning how to post photos here:


The cd cases are covered with pages from a Japanese style and fashion magazine.


Title: Re: CD and cassette cases (and some unused cassette tapes)
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on April 11, 2015 06:39:23 AM
That is fantastic!


Title: Re: CD and cassette cases (and some unused cassette tapes)
Post by: Quantumphysica on April 13, 2015 05:31:40 AM
That's a glorious project! Might be a good way to store some craft supplies… All of the ideas are really good, actually. I thought about making the cassette tape lamp, but sadly I don't have enough cassettes to make a decent one. I could try to crochet with the tape though… alwaysinmyroom, what sort of crochet needle do you use for it, and is it very difficult material to work with? My crochet skills are pretty much non-existent, so I might not be up for the task…


Title: Re: CD and cassette cases (and some unused cassette tapes)
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on April 13, 2015 09:20:59 AM
http://craftbits.com/project/vhs-tape-clutch-purse/

I followed this tutorial, using a large hook(I)...I lined the little bag and gave it to my niece...pretty easy crochet...nothing fancy, basically a rectangle!  One tip--I did not even take the tape apart like it said....I just pulled it out from the "front"..and, it is crunchy a bit, so it does hold its shape for things like baskets...I might make a few more just to get rid of the boxes of cassettes that my hubby had from his old recording studio.... ;D


Title: Re: CD and cassette cases (and some unused cassette tapes)
Post by: jazzminh on April 13, 2015 10:21:46 AM
This is another project using cd cases. I made double "walls" for the base, that is, 2 cases glued together for thickness, and two stacked for height), the top is a shelf I found in a discarded closet and the paper is all recycled from magazines and junk mail.
I made this tiny table years ago and it has withstood use as a coffee table, footrest and child's seat; several moves and (rare) cleaning - with nothing more than a but of wear on the paper, which is easily mended.
Know what they say about plastic lasting for thousands of years? Well, that means strong structures when used craftily!


Title: Re: CD and cassette cases (and some unused cassette tapes)
Post by: JS on August 02, 2015 08:20:27 AM
Nice ideas.  For a swap, I made a fairy door out of a cassette case.  The case itself is the frame and the door swings open.  I made insertable "door panels" by coloring index cards.  They are interchangeable.   I glued a picture of a fairy on the inside, peeking from real moss.  This project took me quite a while to complete (arthritis) but I was tickled with the results.