Pull out those old albums that are taking up space in the attic and use them to add drama to your walls. You can create wall decor in a variety of ways using album covers, vinyl discs or a combination. Thrift stores, antique malls, yard sales and online auctions are good places to look for albums that will add design interest to your home.
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Create collage wall decor using a variety of album covers or vinyl albums. Arrange the covers in stacked vertical columns to cover a large space behind the sofa. You can frame each cover or not, depending on your preference. Establish a theme with the covers, such as a selection of albums by the same artist, in the same genre or from the same era. To make a collage with vinyl albums, arrange and attach the records to an artist's canvas with permanent glue dots or removable interlocking strips. Overlap the edges of the albums to create interesting shapes and dimension for the wall decor.
Frame a single album cover or vinyl disc in an album frame. Album cover art varies from tranquil to psychedelic, but is always distinctive. Pay homage to your favourite artist or select an album with a cover that coordinates with your room's decor. Framing a single vinyl disc is a subtle way to incorporate albums into your wall decor. The centre of the disc is the only pop of colour on the dark vinyl, but you can insert a mat in the frame to brighten the background.
Hang three framed album covers, three framed vinyl discs or any combination of the two parts in a vertical column to highlight a narrow wall space in your home. Incorporate the same three-style design into a horizontal arrangement to cover wide wall space. Designers use the 'rule of three' to create an appealing arrangement with an impact. Frames are not necessary, but they create a more polished look to your wall space. To hang albums in triplicate without a frame, attach the covers or the vinyl discs to a rectangular artist's canvas.
Create functional wall decor by turning the vinyl record and the album cover into a clock face. Craft stores and online retailers sell battery-operated clock kits which contain hands, a battery and the mechanism that moves the hands. You can assemble the kits with no experience necessary. Leave the vinyl album face as is, or glue numbers or other decorative elements around the perimeter to indicate the clock's numerical progression. Insert the stem attached to the clock mechanism through the hole in the centre of the vinyl album; attach the hands to the stem according to the manufacturer's instructions. Insert the battery and attach the backside of the mechanism, which protrudes from the back of the vinyl, to the face of the album cover with removable interlocking strips. Offset the vinyl so that most of the cover is visible. Hang the album clock on the wall.
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