Since the man cave is a guilt-free getaway, what better way to spend your time there then watching some of your favorite movies? At Goodwill, you can find a great selection of DVDs, but with VHS tapes costing just 99 cents (or 50 cents on sale days), I couldn’t help but think, there’s got to be gold in these antique wonders! Here’s a great way to repurpose VHS tapes and create a one-of-a-kind piece of art to liven up your movie room.
First, pick out a few VHS movies starring your favorite actor or actress, or from your favorite series. I’m a big James Bond fan and was lucky enough to find all six of the films starring Sean Connery at one Goodwill location! You’ll also need to find a frame that can fit the covers of each of the movies. I found this frame at the same location, and the size was a perfect match.
For this project, you’ll need a ruler, scissors, double-sided tape, and an X-Acto knife (or some method of cutting a straight line). You’ll also want a protective surface to cut on, and you may need a piece of mat board if you can’t reuse the existing mat that’s already in the frame you purchase.
First, you’ll need to remove the backing on the frame.
Since the old piece of art in my frame had a tan mat, I chose to use a black backing instead, so I cut one to the appropriate size. If you can reuse the current mat, all the better!
Next up, roughly cut out the front of each of the VHS boxes using scissors. You don’t need to be exact at this point.
Now, take your ruler and X-Acto knife and cut a clean line around the front of the box. You’ll want to cut off any rough or damaged spots, which usually occur on the corners. Just make sure you cut each of your boxes to the same size.
Once all the covers are cleanly cut, lay them out on your mat and make sure everything is aligned just how you want it. It usually looks nice to leave a little bigger margin on the bottom. You can now tape each cover to the mat using double-sided tape and the back of the covers.
All you need to do now is put the new art in the frame and put the frame back together. The final product looks great, and the total cost was just $13! (The movies were $6 total and the frame was $7.) Cut that amount in half if you shop at Goodwill’s 50% off sales. Plus, you still have the movies themselves.
Now all you need to do is hang up your new piece of art, pop in your favorite movie, and enjoy a martini or two… shaken, not stirred, of course.