I'm here to show you how to upcycle your old Back to the Future VHS and Paula Abdul cassette tapes into pom pom party decor! Yes, it's true. Chances are you've got a bunch hiding in the back of your closet with nowhere to go so let's put them to use.
The idea came to me when I noticed that the film used inside VHS and cassette tapes has a resemblance to metallic party streamers, which can be used to make pom poms for gift toppers, party hats, drink stirrers and more! And since we all have a ton of old tapes lying around, what better way to give them a second life. So grab those old videos, stream a movie on Netflix, and let's make pom poms!
Next up, use VHS tapes to make fancy pom poms. To give it a pop of color, add some colorful yarn or ribbon to the mix.
• VHS and cassette tapes
• Scissors• Screwdriver (for VHS only)
• Colorful yarn
• Colorful yarn
• For the cassette tape, pull out a few inches of the film from the bottom and cut. For the VHS, unscrew it open and remove the spool of film from inside and discard the rest.
• Start wrapping the film around your fingers. Leave a little bit of gap in between your fingers so the film doesn’t wrap around too tightly. Tip: For the VHS, wrap another piece of yarn or ribbon along with the film. Not only will this give it a pop of color, but it will make the pom pom more durable since the VHS film is thicker. The number of times to wrap depends on your desired size of the pom pom. I wrapped mine between 50-100 times for each.
• Carefully remove the wrapped film from your fingers, making sure it does not unravel. With a piece of yarn, tie a double knot around the center. Make sure the knot is extra tight or the film will fall out. Tip: Another pair of helping hands will come in handy for this step!
• Cut through the loops on both sides.
• Poof out the film so that it starts taking the shape of a pom pom.• Give it one last trim to even it out. Keep trimming until you've reached your desired look.
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