How to make something out of vinyl records

Updated April 17, 2017

Thrift stores, garage sales and your parent's basement all usually have at least a couple old vinyl records lying around. The way music is stored and listened to has changed a lot since the days of vinyl records, leaving many records unused and some even finding their way to the landfills. Recycle old vinyl records into something new and decorative for your home by transforming them into a bowl or decorative wall art.

Preheat your oven to 93.3 degrees Celsius.

Place a glass, metal or ceramic bowl upside down on a baking tray. Use a bowl that is approximately the size of the record if you were to imagine the record in a bowl shape.

Place the baking tray with the bowl on top on the oven rack. Place the record on top of the bowl, with the side of the record you want on the inside of the bowl facing down. Place the centre of the record directly on top of the centre bottom of the bowl.

Let the record heat in the oven, checking it every minute, until the record begins to droop over the bowl. This usually take around five or six minutes. Put on your oven gloves

Remove the baking tray, bowl and record from the oven. Press the sides of the record down to mould them more to the bowl. The sides of the record will not lay perfectly flat against the bowl, but rather will be wavy in shape. Keep moulding the record until you are pleased with the shape of your record bowl.

Let the record, baking tray and bowl cool for an hour before removing the record bowl from atop the bowl.

Place a piece of tracing paper over the centre of the record. Trace the label area of the record with a pencil. Cut out the tracing. This will serve as a template for cutting your photos.

Place the tracing paper circle over the top of a photo you want to use for the wall art. Place the circle over the portion of the photo you want to use. Cut the photo out following the tracing paper circle outline.

Adhere the circular cut photo to the centre of the record over the label with craft glue. Set it aside to dry.

String a length of fishing line as long as the circumference of your tracing paper circle with small beads. Tie the ends of the fishing line together.

Adhere the circle of beads around the outside edge of the photo you adhered to the record with low-temperature hot glue to essentially frame the photo.

Things You'll Need

  • Oven
  • Baking tray
  • Metal, glass or ceramic bowl
  • Oven gloves
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Photos
  • Craft glue
  • Fishing line
  • Small beads
  • Low-temperature hot glue gun
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About the Author

Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.