Comment by Stacy Books on January 22, 2014 at 12:14pm

I upcycled a discarded cassette tape to make a mini journal! Here's how:

1: Locate cassette tapes. Look at your local library or a used record store. I used a tape as the front cover and a book jacket as the back cover.

2: Trace lined notebook paper (or any paper you want) around the cassette tape; cut.

3: Trace a book jacket or other thicker paper to use as the back cover. Note: I tried using a cassette tape for the back cover as well, but I would have needed bigger book rings for the journal to open and close properly.

4: Line up the cassette tape with your cut paper and mark where to punch two holes for the book rings. Note: I had to do this in several batches since I cut a lot of paper.

5: Use book rings or string, jute, or flexible wire to secure your journal. All finished! *The cassette tape I used looked dingy, so I cut more of my book jacket to fit over the wording. I kept our library's barcode on the back to make it look more like a book.

Comment by Heather A. Barnum on January 22, 2014 at 3:56pm
Fabulous! I have a pile of cassettes and an upcycle event this weekend - this will be fun! Thanks so much for sharing.
Comment by Stacy Books on January 22, 2014 at 3:59pm
You're welcome! I hope it goes well. I'm planning on doing this during TTW and I haven't yet tried giving it to our teens to do. Let me know how it goes for you!

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