Records are a thing of the old days, but you may still be hanging on to them wondering, “what the hell can be done?” Hang them all over the walls? Recycle them? So if, you’ve always failed at being creative, let’s talk about decorating with your old stacks of wax.
A Record Bowl
You don’t need to be like some academic jerk with some concept art degree to craft cool things with old records. Any amateur can create a one-of-a-kind record bowl. Place a 9-inch metal bowl on a cookie sheet and a vinyl LP on top of the bowl. Slide the cookie sheet into a 200-degree oven and heat for about 10 minutes, or until the record becomes soft and pliable. Place the record inside the bowl, shape it, and let it cool. Experiment with larger or smaller metal bowls for different looks. Use your record bowl for snacks or as a desktop catch-all. You can arrange a group of bowls on the wall as an art installation.
A Record Curtain
What can you do with a record curtain? Use it to create privacy without completely blocking out the light, divide a room while it hangs from the ceiling or decorate wall space.
Consider the following before you start:
- Do the math to figure out how many records you’ll need to cover the designated area.
- Single records will require more work, but their large, center holes add more visual interest, especially when displayed against a bright wall.
- Ask yourself, will you arrange records randomly, or use the colors of the labels to create a quilt-like pattern?
Then use an electric drill to make four holes in each record, approximately 1/4 inch from the edge. Space the holes at equal distances, so you have one each at the exact top-center, bottom-center and sides of the record. Use twine, twist ties, wire, pipe cleaner or key rings to connect one row of records. For the easiest construction, complete each row separately and then connect the rows.
If you’re a hipster hosting a party, you need a tiered tray made from vinyl records. Place a vintage martini glass upside down and carefully align the center of the record over the stem base — use adhesive that is safe with glass to secure the two together. Affix another upside-down glass (something with a shorter stem than the first) to the upright side of the record and place a second record on top of that stem base. This project works with either LP or single records, but if you want to make a three tiered tray, use a single on the top for extra stability.
Décor pieces made from old records are perfect for an entertainment room, a bar, a kid’s bedroom or even your main living space if it fits your style. Once you start seeing albums as craft supplies, there’s no end to the ways you can use them. A lamp shade, mobile or garden art? It’s all in the way you spin them.
Nicole Dunlap: Interior design is Nicole’s passion. She loves introducing new and freshly colored themes into her clients’ homes.