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DIY Vinyl Record Bowls

January 5, 2012

DIY Vinyl Record Bowl

I got the idea to make these little bowls a few years ago when I bought Mark Montano’s book, the Big-Arse Book of Crafts
. (Mark Montano is the most brilliant crafter around– I love his books and his projects.) One bowl I made sits on my dresser and holds little hair knickknacks, and I gave a few bowls away, but I never got around to writing a tutorial about it.

DIY Vinyl Record Bowl

To make a vinyl record bowl you need:

-Real bowl (One that can go in the oven.)
-A vinyl record (I chose some polka records because I liked their colors. Also, I love the word “Polka.”) :)
-An oven

DIY Vinyl Record Bowl

This project is so easy and fun. The first thing you need to do is turn on your oven to about 350 degrees. Then you take your record and your bowl and rest them inside the oven once it has heated up a bit. Wait until the record starts to warp a bit and then take it out of the oven.

DIY Vinyl Record Bowl

After you take it out of the oven, just press the record down into any bowl or shape that you want. You can make a square record bowl, an oblong record bowl, whatever you want. I got my best results when I used a glass mixing bowl– the height of the bowl made the sides of the record curl up really nice when I stuck it in there.

Hold your record in place inside the bowl until it hardens again.

DIY Vinyl Record Bowl
(My favorite one.)

And that’s it!

DIY Vinyl Record Bowl

DIY Vinyl Record Bowl

You can keep whatever you want in these bowls, I think I am going to take mine to work and put them on my desk. I have a bit of a Post-It/knickknack organization problem… These might help. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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45 Comments

  • Reply The Girl World January 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Oh my goodness I'm so obsessed with these! Totally adorable!

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  • Reply The Girl World January 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Oh my goodness I'm so obsessed with these! Totally adorable!

    http://www.soupforthegirlysoul.blogspot.com

  • Reply The Girl World January 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Oh my goodness I'm so obsessed with these! Totally adorable!

    http://www.soupforthegirlysoul.blogspot.com

  • Reply JackieSS January 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I love this! I was trying to get VinylClockWork to make a creative SkinnyScoop List and you inspired a thought with this post….a list of creative and unorthodox uses for vinyl records! Maybe you'd be interested? You can have your bowl, add his clocks, I've even seen vinyl jewelry! Here are some more SkinnyScoop Lists for inspiration :)

  • Reply JackieSS January 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I love this! I was trying to get VinylClockWork to make a creative SkinnyScoop List and you inspired a thought with this post….a list of creative and unorthodox uses for vinyl records! Maybe you'd be interested? You can have your bowl, add his clocks, I've even seen vinyl jewelry! Here are some more SkinnyScoop Lists for inspiration :)

  • Reply JackieSS January 5, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I love this! I was trying to get VinylClockWork to make a creative SkinnyScoop List and you inspired a thought with this post….a list of creative and unorthodox uses for vinyl records! Maybe you'd be interested? You can have your bowl, add his clocks, I've even seen vinyl jewelry! Here are some more SkinnyScoop Lists for inspiration :)

  • Reply Stacie Grissom January 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    @Jackie– I would definitely be interested! I need to make a few more things. I also need to make some bracelets from a record. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for that link, those clocks are amazing!

  • Reply Tanya January 5, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    My best friend and I did this, oh gosh, probably about 25 years or so ago with her brother's albums that we didn't like. Little did we know he had a slightly different taste in music than we did so needless to say…he was not happy with us at all! I'm not sure anymore what we used to melt them but I know it wasn't the oven. I do remember hanging out his bedroom window just in case there was an odor from melting them. LOL. It was probably a candle or a lighter that we used. Boy did we have a blast in recycling 20 or so of his favorite albums!

  • Reply Tanya January 5, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    My best friend and I did this, oh gosh, probably about 25 years or so ago with her brother's albums that we didn't like. Little did we know he had a slightly different taste in music than we did so needless to say…he was not happy with us at all! I'm not sure anymore what we used to melt them but I know it wasn't the oven. I do remember hanging out his bedroom window just in case there was an odor from melting them. LOL. It was probably a candle or a lighter that we used. Boy did we have a blast in recycling 20 or so of his favorite albums!

  • Reply Tanya January 5, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    My best friend and I did this, oh gosh, probably about 25 years or so ago with her brother's albums that we didn't like. Little did we know he had a slightly different taste in music than we did so needless to say…he was not happy with us at all! I'm not sure anymore what we used to melt them but I know it wasn't the oven. I do remember hanging out his bedroom window just in case there was an odor from melting them. LOL. It was probably a candle or a lighter that we used. Boy did we have a blast in recycling 20 or so of his favorite albums!

  • Reply Katie January 6, 2012 at 2:51 am

    note to everyone attempting this: PLEASE open a window or have some ventilation!! when records heat up they get smelly and release toxins.

    I've made these a few times and they are so easy and fun. and Hold a bunch :)

  • Reply Katie January 6, 2012 at 2:51 am

    note to everyone attempting this: PLEASE open a window or have some ventilation!! when records heat up they get smelly and release toxins.

    I've made these a few times and they are so easy and fun. and Hold a bunch :)

  • Reply Britney January 6, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Oh those are so wonderful! What a clever way to use them! I love it

  • Reply Britney January 6, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Oh those are so wonderful! What a clever way to use them! I love it

  • Reply Katie January 6, 2012 at 3:04 am

    note to everyone attempting this: PLEASE open a window or have some ventilation!! when records heat up they get smelly and release toxins.

    I've made these a few times and they are so easy and fun. and Hold a bunch :)

  • Reply Britney January 6, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Oh those are so wonderful! What a clever way to use them! I love it

  • Reply pretty odd wonders. January 8, 2012 at 12:38 am

    this is super cool! i might try and find an old record and do this!

  • Reply pretty odd wonders. January 8, 2012 at 6:36 am

    this is super cool! i might try and find an old record and do this!

  • Reply Debbie Mason January 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I remember doing this with my Mom and my sis when we were younger. It may have been a school project or just one of those “activities” to keep us busy. :)

  • Reply Debbie Mason January 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I remember doing this with my Mom and my sis when we were younger. It may have been a school project or just one of those "activities" to keep us busy. :)

  • Reply BizCrafter January 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Did one a few years ago at my moms house, and it was fun, they do get get some fumes when baking them so be careful and make sure you have some good ventilation.you can use a face mask as well. love it!!!!

  • Reply BizCrafter January 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Did one a few years ago at my moms house, and it was fun, they do get get some fumes when baking them so be careful and make sure you have some good ventilation.you can use a face mask as well. love it!!!!

  • Reply BizCrafter January 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Did one a few years ago at my moms house, and it was fun, they do get get some fumes when baking them so be careful and make sure you have some good ventilation.you can use a face mask as well. love it!!!!

  • Reply CREATIVE MIND January 12, 2012 at 8:49 am

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  • Reply CREATIVE MIND January 12, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Its so cute & smart idea..Love your blog & now following you :)
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  • Reply CREATIVE MIND January 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Its so cute & smart idea..Love your blog & now following you :)
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  • Reply Sealey January 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I've seen these before but never found directions for them… so I had to come up with my own process. I heat the oven to warm and the record still melts, but without the odor (and hopefully, the toxins)~ they can be spray painted and even detail painted with craft paints after priming or base coating ~ have fun!

  • Reply Sealey January 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I've seen these before but never found directions for them… so I had to come up with my own process. I heat the oven to warm and the record still melts, but without the odor (and hopefully, the toxins)~ they can be spray painted and even detail painted with craft paints after priming or base coating ~ have fun!

  • Reply Sealey January 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I've seen these before but never found directions for them… so I had to come up with my own process. I heat the oven to warm and the record still melts, but without the odor (and hopefully, the toxins)~ they can be spray painted and even detail painted with craft paints after priming or base coating ~ have fun!

  • Reply P3KNL January 18, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    NOOOOOO!!! Poor LPs!!!
    Great tips and instructions!

  • Reply P3KNL January 18, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    NOOOOOO!!! Poor LPs!!!
    Great tips and instructions!

  • Reply blabbing maggie February 29, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I did this with 45's, and then glued them to cork coasters for my dad's christmas gift a few years ago!

  • Reply blabbing maggie February 29, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I did this with 45's, and then glued them to cork coasters for my dad's christmas gift a few years ago!

  • Reply blabbing maggie February 29, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I did this with 45's, and then glued them to cork coasters for my dad's christmas gift a few years ago!

  • Reply Les Crรฉateliers March 29, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Love it!!! Here's the post I added to my website about your project:
    http://www.lescreateliers.com/Les_Createliers/Idees_Ideas/Entries/2012/3/29_Bols_en_33_toursVinyl_record_bowls.html
    Cheers!

  • Reply Les Crรฉateliers March 29, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Love it!!! Here's the post I added to my website about your project:
    http://www.lescreateliers.com/Les_Createliers/Idees_Ideas/Entries/2012/3/29_Bols_en_33_toursVinyl_record_bowls.html
    Cheers!

  • Reply Les Crรฉateliers April 11, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Love it!!! Here's the post I added to my website about your project:
    http://www.lescreateliers.com/Les_Createliers/Idees_Ideas/Entries/2012/3/29_Bols_en_33_toursVinyl_record_bowls.html
    Cheers!

  • Reply Vintage Crafter April 14, 2012 at 2:03 am

    I have some old scrap-craft magazines from my MIL, that are from the late 60s, early 70s and this project is in at least two of them!!! There are even instructions how to make the bracelets from them as well. I think the how-to is also in the set of Craft Encyclopedias I found from '75…

  • Reply Vintage Crafter April 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I have some old scrap-craft magazines from my MIL, that are from the late 60s, early 70s and this project is in at least two of them!!! There are even instructions how to make the bracelets from them as well. I think the how-to is also in the set of Craft Encyclopedias I found from '75…

  • Reply Amateur Crafter July 11, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Just be careful not to overcook… or you will be scraping vinyl residue for quite some time…

  • Reply Mel November 18, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Do you know how to make record book covers? I have seen them done before but have no idea how to do it. Plz help :)

  • Reply kiwelime November 25, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    This is so much fun and so easy! Thank you so much. Cannot wait to see my families reaction on Christmas!

  • Reply cassie March 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    The records also crinkle up without the bowl, makes for cute wall art (flower-ish type decor)

  • Reply Just So You Know March 23, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Just a warning, do this in a well ventilated area. I did this and ended up in the hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning in my bloom stream from the release of the chemicals in the melting plastic. This happened over a month ago and Im still dealing with the effects. I loved the craft, but just make sure you dont end up like me.

  • Reply bb April 18, 2014 at 6:59 am

    You can also do this with boiling water! And no fumes! You boil the water, pour into deep safe pot thats big enough for the whole record to fit in, and holding the record straight up and let the edges melt into how you want. For the rippled effect you have to pressthe record down into the bottom of the pan.

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