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Create an Artist Travel Case from an Old VHS

I saw something like this online, but it was more for storing paintbrushes, etc.  I figured it would be fun to make an artist travel case for the kids when you’re out on the road, and they get bored.  Who doesn’t have old VHS tapes laying around, that you really don’t even use anymore?  If you don’t, you can find them at yard sales or thrift stores for about $0.25!!  Cheap and easy way to entertain the kids!

I found the rest of the materials at the dollar store and it was really easy to put together.  You could change it up however you wanted, or add different things, depending on your child.  I figure paper and pencils can be used for a long time to keep kid’s entertained….and maybe even the parents!  I hope you like it!! Have a blessed day, and please be sure to comment on and share this fun craft!!

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 Create an Artist Travel Case from an Old VHS

Materials/Tools Used:

  • (1) VHS Case
  • White Paper/Printer
  • Rubber Band
  • Glue Gun
  • Material/Scrapbook Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Pencils, Crayons, Etc.
  • & Time! 

Artist Travel Case Instructions:

I started by finding an old movie at the thrift store for a quarter.  I removed the tape, to use for another project in the future (stay tuned).

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Then, I removed the cover art, since I was going to replace that with my own.

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To create the portion that will go on the inside to hold the pencils, I traced the case on a piece of cardboard to cut out.  I would insert this, after it was covered up.

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Now, I  cut out the cardboard that I had traced, and used it to measure for cutting a piece of scrap fabric to brighten up the inside a bit.

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Next, I cut a piece of fabric to use at the “pocket” at the bottom of this piece.  Leaving a bit of room at the bottom to glue to the piece above to secure it.

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I then used my glue gun to attach the main fabric to the cardboard backing, as well as the “pocket” to the front.  I made sure to have the fold portion at the top to finish the “pocket” piece.  Just glue it around the edges and attach to the back.

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Next, I designed a cover piece that would personalize my case.

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I printed that out on regular copy paper with my color printer.  I found that it was a bit smaller than the opening to the case, so I added some black construction paper for an outline, and then inserted this on top.

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Now, I started on finishing up the inside part.  I glued the fabric-covered cardboard to the back of one of the sides of the VHS case, and inserted the colored pencils.

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Then, I measured and cut a rubber band to secure the paper on the other side (you could always make another pocket, if you wish).

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Now, your kids (or yourself) can enjoy this fun kit.  Having an “Artist Travel Case” can be a big help for a long road trip, or just for keeping the kids busy, when you’re out doing chores.

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Hope you like it!  Please take a minute to leave me a comment.  Let me know what you would do different, or what you would add, etc.  Be sure to tweet, pin, share, etc. – thanks!!

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“He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.” Exodus 35:35


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Lorelai
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This is such a cool idea! What a great way to reuse something that you wouldn’t normally think of updating! Thanks for sharing!

Michelle James
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What a great idea! This is perfect for traveling with kids too! #HomeMattersParty

Crystal Green
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This is so adorable. I wish I would had kept all of those VCR cases we had. My daughter could have benefited from having this kind of case.

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This is such a great idea, Jamie 🙂

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Nicole
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An old VHS case would be perfect for carrying pencils, pens, etc. Fabulous idea for upcycling old cases. Excited to be co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty again with you this week.

Irene
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This is so inspiring! I love the post 🙂