Monday, January 24, 2011

Video Killed the Radio Star..

Ha, now you have that song stuck in your head too.
So glad I have company now!
First-I have a new MIX TAPE MONDAY link up party. 
go and check it out for some fabulous inspiration!
Why the title?
Well, I made these using old, VHS tape covers.
You know the ones that you just sent to the thrift store and now you will kick yourself because you finally have a reason to save them.
Yep, those are the ones.
I got an email from a super cute gal asking me if I had any ideas for old VHS covers.
Honestly, until she suggested these as a project ingredient, I would have NEVER thought to do this.
I know, I know, shut up and show a picture already!
Well, I made #1 Teacher Survival Kits for my chickadees fabulous teachers for Christmas.
This could be done for any holiday though.
How cute would these be for your special Valentine? How about a girlfriend gift or a thank you gift when you want to give a little more than a card.
This is how I did it:
You need:
Good condition plastic vhs cover. I was surprised that there were so many brand new vhs tapes at the thrift store. Get a new one if you can.
Disclaimer: I have nothing against the Sound of Music. I don’t love the show, well not at least as my mom does!
Pull the cover out-carfully-so you don’t rip the plastic on the cover. DSCN0914
Then I just measured it and cut my paper to size. Super easy and quick.
I then pulled out my sharpie and wrote the teachers name on the where the spine is on the paper. You could put what the gift is here:
Perfect Pedicures
Chocolate Godess
For my valentine:
I am sure that you get the idea.
Now comes the fun part! You get to fill it up.
You do have to creative here. You don’t have a lot of space and it’s not very deep.  I went to the dollar stone and looked for small, useful things that they could use.  Push pins, magnetic clips, stickers, tylenol, post-it notes, fingernail file, a monogram magnet, pen, and of course, some chocolate.  If you do use small things like push pins, put them in some sort of bag so they don’t get all over. You can get them at the dollar store, or target’s dollar spot is great for this as well.
I wrote little sticky notes for everything. If you are more ambitious than I was,you could type up some super cute labels.
(I know that this pic is el-sucko. Sorry! It was dark and.. but I hope you can get the idea.
Then I just embellished it with a pencil or two. Some tulle and ribbon.
The teachers loved them and they were such fun to make!
Try them, you will love making them too.  This is a great craft to do with the kids. (a little older-maybe 6 and above)
Don’t forget to link up to my new monday party:



  1. Love this! Such a great idea. Perfect gift!
    I shared a link to this on my blog's, A Glimpse Inside, FB page.!/AGlimpseInside

  2. that is the most ingenious use for VHS covers ever!

    ~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

  3. This is too cute! I will see if we have any of these cases and make one for munchkin's teacher. I will also be showing this off on Random Crafty Georgia Girl Crafty Tuesday tomorrow. Come by and grab a featured button.
    -Cate from Random Crafty Georgia Girl

  4. This is such a cute idea! Hopefully I can find some time to make these with my son for his teacher's! Thank you for this post!

  5. Cute idea and perfect teacher's gift!

  6. Fantastic idea! This is a perfect teacher's gift!!

  7. SUCH a GREAT idea. Thanks for the Sound Of Music disclaimer. It's my favorite movie EVER and I was taken back when I saw the pic. For reals. ;)


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