Monday, September 20, 2010

Craft Project - Vinyl Record Bowls

While I was "surfing" the web last week I found a FABULOUS craft blog called Greenbean's Crafterole. Stop by and visit a while, you won't be disappointed! :)

Anyhow, she blogged about making vinyl records into bowls. For what, you ask - just about anything.

I did a little more research and found one site that recommends using coffee filters to line the bowl if you are putting unwrapped food into it. I plan to use it mainly for wrapped candy and craft stuff. :)

My oldest daughter and I decided to give it a try. We got 2 records from our local Goodwill store and set off to "burn them up" as my husband so kindly put it! LOL It turned out that this is one of the EASIEST craft projects I have EVER done.

These are the steps I followed..

1) You need a cookie sheet, oven safe bowl and oven mitts. Put your bowl upside down on the cookie sheet put them in the oven and pre-heat to 200 degrees.

2) Place record on top of bowl with whichever side you want to be the bottom facing up. Let "cook" for 5 minutes. The record should be drooping down over the bowl, if not give it a couple more minutes.

3) Take the cookies sheet/bowl/record out of the oven. This is the trickiest part - lift the record off the bowl and flip the bowl over. Now put the record inside of the bowl and start shaping it to your desired form. The record will stay soft for about a minute but if you need to you can always put it back in the oven to soften again.

4) Once it cools your record bowl is ready to use!! :)

Now, Greenbean recommends using stacking bowls and making a "record sandwich" with the large bowl, then record, then small bowl when shaping your creation. I didn't have two oven safe stacking bowls so I just used one and it worked fine. Either way - what a cute bowl, right?

Let me know if you give it a try - oh, I used two movie soundtracks - A Love Story and West Side Story. My husband wasn't to happy that I "destroyed a bit of history" with the West Side Story record so choose your records carfully to avoid lash-back! LOL


Trisha said...

Mel, I saw this the other day and thought it was GENIUS!!! She has such clever ideas on her blog!!!!! I wish we had some records to try it out...I might have to find a goodwill around here and pick up some records too :)

Cheryl Gaffney said...

I have seen this project at a Recycled Art Festival we have in here in Vancouver, WA. I had no idea it was so easy though! :)

TFS, Cheryl @

Mari AKA Momo said...

How stinkin cool is this!!! Love them!!! I may have to make popcorn bowls for movie night! :o) Thanks for sharing! XOXO Momo

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

How great would these be for a game room?? Super cute!

PinkBlingCrafter said...

How cool is that is easy. I'll have to check her blog. Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

I remember grandma made quite a few of these bowls with her old records when I was a little girl!! Ah the memories!! We used them as chip bowls. She didn't use the old 33rpm's she used the old I believe they were 75 rpm's ?? Anyway they were between the 33 and the 45 rpm.

Laura said...

These are really neat! My daughter saw them and said, "What's a record?" She's six, lol, so I spent the next few minutes explaining what came befoe iPods and CDs. I hope to make some for Halloween!


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