Monday, April 12, 2010

Revamp Your Vinyl


We recently came across these on Etsy. These bowls made from melted vinyl records were so pretty! The price tag, however, was not as pretty. Since we just happened to have an abundance of albums on hand (and no record player to play them on), we figured we try our hand at it! Although not as elaborate as the ones for sale, we are thrilled with the results.

What you need:
  • a vinyl record (we chose one from a 5 album set of Hawaiian music from 1966...no idea why we even had that...)
  • a 9" oven-safe bowl
  • cookie sheet
  • potholders (the bowl and record could get hot, although we found that ours were just fine)
  • paint (optional)
Preheat your oven to 200˚ F and open up a window - the melted records will give off some stinky fumes. Place your bowl upside down on your cookie sheet, and place your record on top of that.Put the cookie sheet, bowl, and record stack in the oven, and leave it there for about 8 - 10 minutes. Stick around and keep a close eye on it. Since ovens vary the heating time will vary (we found ours took a bit longer). Once your record begins to soften and conform to the bowl underneath it, check and see if the vinyl is soft enough to manipulate - you may want to use a potholder for this.If it is, take the tray out of the oven, remove the record from on top of the bowl, flip the bowl over, push the record inside the bowl (we had to push pretty hard), and adjust the "ruffles" however you like. Do this quickly as the vinyl cools pretty rapidly. If you need to, stick it back in the oven for a few minutes to soften it back up.Once it cools you can leave it as it is, but we decided to paint ours and give it a coat of polyurethane. We then decided that although it made a cute bowl, it would make an even cuter planter - it even has a ready-made drainage hole! Perfect for new little spring plants!
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38 comments:

  1. Great idea!! Thanks for the tute!

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  2. Loving it - guess where I'm heading in a little while? The thrift store to pick up cheap vinyl so I can make my own ruffly bowls! Thanks so much for sharing and I'd love for you to come see me sometime at sceneofthegrime.blogspot.com
    I just posted a tutorial on making a Spring mantelscape from recycled Mtn Dew bottles, burlap and jute! I'm a new follower...

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  3. This is fantastic. Totally torn, though. My vinyl is like my baby. Can I really do this to my Dokken albums from the 80's? OK, I can do it to Dokken, but not Uriah Heep.

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  4. I love this. Now I know what to do with all those records of mine.
    Holly

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  5. Very cute idea, I like how it turned out.

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  6. GREAT IDEA!!!! perfect for some small herb plants!

    www.rockiescrafts.blogspot.com

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  7. I love love love this idea! Great job. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

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  8. This is awesome. I've got to try it!

    Alyssa
    lifeoflyssie.com

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  9. I love that you made this into a planter, it's so cute!

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  10. That's great. I'll definitely have to give it a try!!!

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  11. This is awesome! I'll be featuring it on my blog this Saturday. Come grab a featured button!

    http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com

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  12. Fantastic!! I've heard of doing this but this is the first tutorial I've seen for it. Can't wait to try it!
    (followed your link from sewmuchado)

    Jill

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  13. Great idea!! I featured you so come on over and get a button!!!

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  14. I love this so much! I saw something similar in Readymade magazine using the orange safety netting from construction sites. But, I love yours more. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Thanks so much for linking up to Tot Tuesdays this week! This is a fantastic idea and turned out beautiful. I love the colours! I am hosting my first giveaway which ends on Tuesday. I hope you’ll stop by. Have a great week! ☺

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  16. I love this. What a great idea..

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party!

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  17. This is a really great idea!! So many uses....I'm going to try it soon!

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  18. I love this idea and the turquoise bowl is soo cute! May have to try it if I can come up with a good use for it (I'm trying to not come up with new projects just for the sake of it, my list is already a mile long) :) Great job, though!

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  19. fabulous job and very inexpensive. Goodwill here I come!

    Thanks

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  20. Love it! Now just need to find some records. The toxic fumes are definitely a cause for concern, especially for children and pregnant women, so you may want to add a stronger warning to your post!
    Thanks again for some great inspiration on Craft schooling Sunday! all the best, Sara

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  21. This is so amazing and so creative that I'm at a loss for words!!! Thank you so much for sharing, I cannot WAIT to try this out!

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  22. What a fantastic job. That looks so awesome!! Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

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  23. Oh my goodness! That's awesome, girl! I love it. I wish I had some vinyl to do it!

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  24. So cute! I love the idea and tutorial. Thank you!

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  25. I'm featuring this at Life As Lori's Get Your Craft on Thursday party this week! If you would like to stop over and grab my I was featured button please do so!

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  26. What a very cool idea! What type of paint did you use on yours?

    Thank you!
    ~ Jill

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  27. Totally ingenious! I love this idea and we all have old LP's laying around (or can run to the thrift store and pick them up cheap)

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  28. great idea ...hadn't thought of planting in one.

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  29. I'm going to try this one this weekend!!!

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  31. This is the bestI I always see records at garage sales!! I love the planter idea!! I am so glad i found your blog! I am a new follower. If you get a chance I would love for you to peek at my blog www.thepolkadotcloset.blogspot.com

    Thank You Carol

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  32. What kind of paint did you use on the record? I made mine last night and am ready to paint now! Can't wait!

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  33. I've just been reading through your blog and I love it! This is a particularly neat craft. Well done!

    - Jana

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  34. Yes, one question. What kind of paint is best to use? Thank you!

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