Recently, I discovered that we library media specialists have been the original makers in our large makerspace. We are the people who have been looking at objects, not for what they are, but for what they may be. On Friday, as I was presenting a workshop to the Osceola County library media specialists #Ocsla, a question arose about my use of VHS tape boxes. I didn't realize that it was a particularly crafty invention, but we had to stop the workshop to have a side workshop on how useful the VHS tape boxes can be because sometimes, the "rabbit hole" conversation is the conversation that you should really be having.
Here are some of those ideas...
So, one day as I was weeding my collection of VHS tapes, I decided to save the boxes. No real purpose at that point. I just thought they were sturdy boxes and they could be used for something. It was later when I was creating a display for Banned Books Week that a purpose became evident. You see, we all want our students to check out the books they become interested in, but how do I have a book on display but still allow book checkout? I made these book dummies. I used the VHS case as the body for a book cover and added information about the book in conjunction with Banned Books Week.
Once I made this initial breakthrough with, then applying it to other situations became a test of creativity. Here are some of those examples:
Saw these two gems on Pinterest!
Some more possibilities...
I hope this post has sparked your creative juices. Please reply with any ideas you have for upcycling VHS boxes.