How to Make a Light Shade from a Vinyl Record

Written by anne baley | 13/05/2017
How to Make a Light Shade from a Vinyl Record
Turn a vintage record album into a retro light shade. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

The 1960s and 1970s are popular decorating themes for bedrooms, basement party rooms and home bars. Whether you're designing a room in flower-power or stayin'-alive style, a record album hanging lamp can be just the right decorating touch. This light is made from a vinyl record album melted into a bowl shape, then turned upside down and turned into a retro lamp shade. These lamps make an authentic retro touch hanging over a jukebox or in a kid's room.

Preheat the oven to 93.3 degrees Celsius. Place a metal bowl the same size as the album face down onto a metal baking tray.

Place a quarter in the middle of the album, centred over the hole in the middle of the record. Trace around the quarter with a pencil. Remove the quarter and cut away the record label inside the circle, removing all traces of paper. Turn over the album and do the same thing on the other side.

Lay the album onto the metal bowl. Place the baking tray into the oven. Allow the vinyl record to heat and soften for five minutes.

Remove the baking tray from the oven and set it on a heat-proof surface. Use the screwdriver to stretch the softened vinyl in the centre of the album to widen the hole. Make the new hole the same size as the circle you traced from the quarter.

Push and fold the edges of the album down over the bowl to create a round shape. Form the record into a bowl shape with fluted, wavy sides. If you want a smaller shade, turn the bowl over and place the album inside.

Work fast, as the album will cool in a few minutes. If you are not finished moulding the record before it starts to harden, place it back into the oven for a couple of minutes to soften it again, then take it out and finish the job.

Thread the light plug through the hole in the centre of the shade to complete your hanging vinyl record lamp.

Things you need

  • Baking tray
  • Metal bowl
  • Vinyl record album
  • Quarter
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Oven
  • Oven gloves
  • Screwdriver
  • Light plug

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