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DIY: Rockin' Vinyl Record Bowl

DIY: Rockin' Vinyl Record Bowl

I love crafts made from recycled records, like this blue-vinyl wall clock and ring-binder journal. It's a great way to re-purpose damaged or dorky vinyl, and the items have a lot retro charm. One of my favorite projects is this Rockin' Vinyl Record Bowl, which is a ridiculously easy DIY endeavor you can complete in less than half an hour. Here's how to make one.

1. Choose a record that you (obviously) don't mind destroying; I found this Kingston Trio vinyl at a thrift store. Choose one with a cool-looking label, since that will be the bottom of your bowl. Then, locate an oven-safe bowl that's about the same size as the bowl you want to make.

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2. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Turn the bowl upside down on a cookie sheet, and balance the record horizontally on the base of the bowl. When the oven is hot, place the cookie sheet, the bowl, and the record inside and set your timer for 8 to 10 minutes.

3. After 8 to 10 minutes, the vinyl will have conformed to the bowl; just use a potholder to check that the vinyl is soft enough to shape. The vinyl cools quickly, so you'll be able to work with it within seconds, but don't forget that the bowl and cookie sheet are hot!

4. Holding onto the oven-safe bowl with a potholder, peel the record off the bowl and place it inside, so that the sides of the bowl hug the record. Now, you can shape the edges however you'd like; more precise folding will give you finer scalloped edges like on my bowl. If the vinyl gets too cool to mold, just stick it back in the oven for a few minutes.

5. Your record bowl is ready to use! These work well as fruit bowls, catch-all trays, and containers for potted plants, or you can hang yours on the wall as art.

If you end up doing this DIY project, please do share the results!

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Simon15353844 Simon15353844 3 years
Very cool!. I have some old kinks albums that my father bought back in england in the 60's that im gonna convert to bowls. Can you use any record? or does it have to be a certain type?
Mé3039175 Mé3039175 4 years
I did it! Very cool :) how can I post a photo to show the result??
PHOTOSbyamberlynn PHOTOSbyamberlynn 5 years
Where is the research behind this "toxins baked into your food"? Yes, I thought about this when I did it just now...which turned out totally awesome! :o) But I tried looking this up and can only find eco friendly DIY articles.
Julia-Millay-Walsh Julia-Millay-Walsh 6 years
Wow, Anon. I've never heard that before! Thanks for letting us know!
poissondujour poissondujour 8 years
I just made this a few minutes ago, and it turned out beautifully! I'm really not a very crafty person, so I was worried, but it was super easy.
uberdorkyness42 uberdorkyness42 8 years
Just tried this, it was so cool, had trouble finding an over proof bowl the right shape for my first try, but my second attempt went much better. was heaps of fun! cant wait to do it again! it only smelt a little, so that was good. Going to do some with my cousin she has better oven proof bowls to use. ^_^ These are the photos I took. Thanks alot for this post, I now have something to do with all my damaged records!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
This is a cool idea for a rock 'n' roll home. It looks like something I would like if I could do my home all up like that.
posey posey 9 years
i've made a couple of these as gifts...REALLY easy, but the vinyl does cool down quicker than i always think it will, so i end up reheating a few times. i've tried different edge techniques - some work out much better than others. :) i wouldn't dream of doing this to any of my own records, but you can get used ones for so cheap at garage sales or thrift stores. i try and find ones that have pretty damaged sleeves or scratches on the actual record, so that i don't feel like i'm ruining a perfectly good album. i would like to try this with colored vinyl, but i've yet to find a damaged color vinyl album, and i can't bear to destroy one in good condition!
Nightwind Nightwind 9 years
These are very expensive in the stores, I would much rather to it myself for a fraction of the price.
Random2 Random2 10 years
I was looking for a unique housewarming gift! This is perfect!
machula machula 10 years
oh, this is cool, it's now on my list of to-do's :)
tommi tommi 10 years
so fun for a party!
calamityjen calamityjen 10 years
Cool! As I was reading this, I thoughtof a nifty gift idea: take the record bowl, and make it into a gift basket, with some kind of cool theme like "old movie night"...throw in some packets of microwave popcorn, and a DVD of a classic old movie, and maybe some candy. Wrap it up in cellophane and voila: a cute gift for a hostess, or housewarming, or something. (Sorry so just came to me and I thought I'd share!) :)
Fab_Kitty Fab_Kitty 10 years
I've done this a couple of times as inexpensive gifts for friends who are esp. musicphillic. W/out fail, they've said the bowls were awesome.
ViolentlyHappy ViolentlyHappy 10 years
Yay! i'm always wondered how to do this, I just never bothered looking for directions online. I have to try this! It'll br a cool addition to a wedding gift for some friends!
nines-heartbreak nines-heartbreak 10 years
I've made these for my apartment and some friends homes too, once I bought cassettes and removed the tapes and placed them into the vinyl bowl and then on top of this I placed glass spheres for a living room in a loft I designed, and it turned out killer!
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