Art projects that use old vinyl records

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Art projects that use old vinyl records
Get inventive with your old vinyl records. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Think twice before you throw away your old vinyl records and create some interesting and useful art crafts. The vinyl melts easily for reshaping into different items. You will need just a few supplies to complete a creative and one-of-kind piece of art. Scissors, oil or water-based paints, embellishments and a stove will suffice for most art projects.

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Picture Frames

Make an easy picture frame for photos or pictures you have been saving. Lay the picture on top of the record and trace the outline on the record with a coloured marker. Cover the record with a base coat to fill in the ridges and paint the record with colours and designs to complement your photo or picture. After the paint is dry, carefully glue on your photo in the centre of the frame. For added embellishments apply lace, beads or glitter. Hang your frame by drilling a hole at the record top and nail in the wall.


Make a vinyl bowl from your old records. Mold the record in a heated 150 degree oven by placing the record on top of an oven proof bowl -- wearing oven gloves -- and heat for approximately five minutes. The record then becomes pliable to mould into different shapes..For adjustments return the record to the oven for a few minutes. Decorate the bowl by painting with different colours and shapes.


Use your vinyl records as a canvas for your paintings. Do a series of paintings either with stencils or freehand drawings to decorate your walls using matching colours to complement the decor. Make the choice to remove the centre label of the record or leave it on as part of your artwork. To hang on the wall, drill a hole at the top for a nail or use self-adhesive hangers.


In order to cut the vinyl into different shapes, hold the record over a low heat on the stove until slightly soft. Sharp scissors will cut through the vinyl, and should hardening occur the vinyl can be reheated. Draw your design on the vinyl before the melting. Apply paint to enhance the shape of your chosen cutout For a sharp and modern look, leave the record in its natural black colour. Make small pieces of jewellery with this same cutting method and drill a hole at the top to thread chains and thin twine. Allow all pieces to cool completely before you paint.

Holiday Idea

For your Christmas tree this year, make your own record ornaments. Use the smaller 45 R.P.M. vinyl records and use the oven melting method to shape each ornament. The records can be painted in bright colours of red and green for the holidays with the addition of tinsel, glitter and beads. Drill a hole at the top of the ornament to insert a string for hanging on the tree or glue the string on the back.

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