Saturday, 20 February 2016

Upcycled Cassette Tape Pencil Holder

I have tons of old cassette tapes lying around. I have found a great use for the boxes which I demonstrated in this tutorial.

I saw this post on pinterest for an upcycled desk organiser made with 4 cassette tapes and an old floppy disk. There was no tutorial though. I decided to make my own. I ended up making 2 of these The great thing about these is that they are easy to customise and decorate.

Here is how made them:

Basic Structure:

1. So it looks as simple as just sticking 4 cassette tapes onto a floppy disk. Or it would be if tapes didn't have annoying ridges sticking out on either side (pictured). I tried sanding them, but this didn't really work. I ended up spending ages with no results, this probably has something to do with the slick surface. My boyfriend suggested that I use something called a file iron. I used his and it worked really well. I only flattened the side of the cassette tape that I would be sticking to the floppy disk. Using a file iron is similar to using sandpaper, you let the file do most of your work for you. I used the file iron at an angle to the tape and moved it lightly back and forth.
I repeated this process on all 4 tapes.

2. Now it had to be stuck together. I initially tried using my glue gun but the glue didn't hold (this may or may not be due to the quality of my glue gun). I used superglue and this formed a firm bond. I stuck the newly flattened width of one tape to the floppy disk. Each time i added a cassette I smeared glue on the parts that would be sticking to the floppy disc and to the other tapes. Really simple. Now I had the finished product.

3. Decoration time. I left one pencil holder with no decoration and especially with clear cassettes with no printing this can look really nice, but obviously decoration is the fun part. I used a feather stencil with red and purple acrylic paint. My bronze Sharpie provided the final touches.

Additional decoration ideas: Spraypaint of any color would look great with this. Chalkboard spraypaint could be a great touch,