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DIY Picture Frame w/ HIDDEN STORAGE! Using an old VHS Tape

Hey guys, it's Megan!


I've finally gotten back to updating my bedroom. It's been a huge project so far, but we're getting there!


In my most recent "Room Makeover" Episode, I turned my desk into a vanity. I came up with these "VHS storage frames" last summer, and thought they'd be perfect for storing small items like lipstick and mascara.


If you'd like a more detailed explanation, you can click any of the pictures in this post to be taken to the video tutorial.



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For this project you'll need:

* A plastic "clamshell" style VHS tape case (if you don't have one hiding in your house somewhere, they are usually around $0.25 to $1.00 at thrift stores!)

*Felt

*A hot glue gun

*Scissors

*Scrap paper

*Command Strips


First, remove the paper from the front of the VHS cover, and clean it off if necessary.


Open up the case (obviously you should take out the VHS tape 😅) and cut a piece of felt to fit inside.



Open the case about half way on top of a piece of paper, and trace along the inside to create a pattern.



Here's what the pattern should look like so far:


Measure your felt piece against the pattern, making sure they match up.



Add 1/2 inch tabs to the shortest edge and two slanted edges of the pattern as shown:


Cut out the pattern, and trace it onto a piece of felt twice:


Cut out both pieces:



Now that we have a rectangle shaped piece and two triangle shaped pieces, we can assemble the felt pocket.


Mark the center of the long side of the rectangle piece, and use hot glue to stick the small tab on one of the triangle pieces to the center:


Use more hot glue on both edges of the triangle shaped piece, bringing it up to meet the rectangle piece like this:


Repeat this process on the other side to finish the pocket.


Stick the pocket to the inside of the VHS tape case using a hot glue gun.




I like to add a little extra hot glue to the inside of the side panels. This makes sure the felt won't get caught in the case when opening/closing it.


And that's it! Now the main part of your VHS storage frame is done.


You can add any artwork you'd like in the plastic cover.


For these frames, I kept the art super simple. I've been seeing tons of people paint these taped off triangles on their walls lately. I thought it would be fun to do that on a smaller scale.


Just tape off the paper:


Fill each section with paint:


and remove the tape to reveal your design!

I attached my storage art to the wall using four regular command strips on the back of each one.


Like I said before, I used these above my vanity to store small makeup items/ beauty products. I used to have one beside my bed to hold TV remotes. These would also work well above a desk area to store small items like tape, pencils, post it notes, pushpins, gluesticks, etc. They'd also be great for storing jewelry or small hair accessories!



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