ByJack Reneau, writer at Creators.co
Writer, film addict, and world-class sandwich chef. Follow @Errant_Venture
Jack Reneau

I have a problem. I cannot be allowed in Target/Walmart/(insert superstore name) alone and unsupervised because, if I am, I will buy movies. I will buy Blu-rays, DVDs, season after season of tv shows, collections, you name it. Since most of my disposable income goes toward said cinematic treasures, I don't own many shelves or other places to display my collection. This means that every centimeter counts, so whenever I pick up a movie with a slipcover, I don't know what to do with it. You know what slipcovers are, right? Those thin cardboard-and-paper sleeves printed with exactly the same cover as the movie case below? The dust-covers on movie cases that attract incredibly gooey stickers like action knock-off movies attract Nicolas Cage? Well I've never known what to do with them. If I leave them on the cases the shelf runs out of room and they get beat up, so I've just kept them in storage wondering if they'll ever serve any purpose. But finally, on a rainy Thursday, I had an idea:

I WAS GOING TO MAKE A MINI MOVIE POSTER COLLAGE

The Plan:

  • 1) Sticker Removal
  • 2) Cover Dissection
  • 3) Cardboard Graffiti

Step 1: Sticker Removal

After a quick trip to the local superstore for some supplies, I hunted through storage box after storage box to find all of the elusive slipcovers I could. The first step was to remove any and all stickers. Two hours and several broken nails later, I had successfully removed all of the gaudy little things. Most of the residue from the stickers either came off with the sticker itself or was easily removed with a damp paper towel.

The product of 2 hours of sticker removal
The product of 2 hours of sticker removal

Step 2: Cover Dissection

Next I moved to my workstation: a simple collapsible table and the following items:

  • X-ACTO Knife
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie
  • Ruler
A very low budget Frankenstein toolkit
A very low budget Frankenstein toolkit

I took each cover and cut along one edge to unfold the cover into one long, flat piece. Using the ruler as a straightedge I marked my cutting lines on the backs of the covers with a sharpie before using the scissors to separate the front covers from the rest of the slipcase, as well as trim off additional labels. I performed the cuts on a spare piece of cardboard to keep from cutting into the table.

MUAHAHAHAHA
MUAHAHAHAHA
THE CARNAGE, THE CARNAAAAAAAAGE
THE CARNAGE, THE CARNAAAAAAAAGE

Step 3: Cardboard Graffiti

Finally I was ready to hang everything up. First I laid out all the covers to decide exactly how I wanted to display them on the wall. Once I had figured out the arrangement I took the package of clear pushpins I had bought along with the rest of the supplies and pinned the collage to the wall.

The final product
The final product

The collage turned out even better than I hoped. The wall I chose has plenty of extra room, so every time I acquire a new slipcover I can add it on, and hopefully one day the entire wall will be covered. I very much enjoyed writing about this project and I hope I've inspired some creativity in you! Thanks for reading!

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