Some old records have value, but some are either too scratched or too common to be collectible. There are ways to reuse old records to make them into something new and wonderful. This is a guide about uses for old records.
Here is a way to reuse vinyl records as a tier for any treats you want. Make a party conversation piece with your favorite records.
Do you have an old LP/record, but no player? Make this unique and stunning cuff bracelet for next to nothing!
Here is a way to recycle a vinyl record by melting and turning it into a holding display case for your iPad or tablet. You can also use it for magazines or mail.
This is a guide about making a signed vinyl record party keepsake. This creative party keepsake records the names of your guests and may be mounted or framed as a reminder of a fun get-together.
This is a guide about making a vinyl record table centerpiece. For a music or nostalgic themed party this might be the perfect centerpiece.
This is a guide about making vinyl record bowls. Vinyl record bowls are easy to make and a are cool way to recycle your old records.
Here are some ideas for old vinyl records.
By Deb in Canada
I MAKE RECORD BOWLS WITH 45 RPM AND LONG PLAYING ALBUMS. I USE AN STAINLESS STEEL BOWL WITH THE BOTTOM COVERED WITH ALUMINUM FOIL. I PLACE THE RECORD ON THE UPSIDE BOWL WITH THE FOIL SIDE UP; I TURN MY OVEN TO 200 AND LEAVE THE DOOR AJAR; WATCHING THE RECORD AS IT BEGINS TO MELT; AS IT STARTS TO MELT DOWN THE SIDE OF THE STAINLESS STEEL BOWL, I REMOVE IT AND QUICKLY MOVE IT TO A SMALLER STAINLESS STEEL BOWL THAT IS FACE UP; I USE TONGS TO SHAPE THE RECORD BOWL INTO A BOWL. YOU CAN PLUG THE HOLE IN THE RECORD WITH A PAPER DOILY PLACED ON THE INSIDE OF THE RECORD BOWL; A PIECE OF TAPE OVER THE BOTTOM. FILL THE LARGE BOWLS WITH CHIPS AND THE SMALLER BOWLS WITH CANDIES.
Does anyone have any ideas on what to do with old record albums? These are classic albums some warped and some in pretty good condition. I was thinking about maybe framing some for interior decor or selling them online, but I have never even been on eBay or anything. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
By Joanne A.
You can buy a kit to make a clock out of the record. The sets are not expensive, and can be found at craft stores and sometimes even in Wal-Mart. Directions are with the kit. Then just hang the neat looking clock on your wall. Or you can sell them at flea markets, etc. They really are neat looking.
Google "how to make record album bowls. You can make chip/snack bowls out of old record albums by getting them hot an folding them up into a bowl shape. I've seen them and they look very cool.
Anyone have cool ideas for repurposing old vinyl records?
I've bought clock kits and made working (battery operated) clocks with old vinyl records. True vinyl record collectors enjoyed them, but non enthusiasts looked at me rather oddly, with that awkward smile, saying . . . "Oh this is nice," as I realized they were unimpressed! Hope this idea might help you target the ones that will appreciate such an effort! Good Luck!
My son-in-law makes really cool bowls with old LPs. He microwaves them for about 1 minute (until softened but not melted), then carefully drapes them over an upside-down glass bowl and shapes the edges into a wavy pattern. I have several, and they are very durable and a real conversation-starter!
I desperately want the instructions for the vinyl album purses, can anyone help?
Evonne from Smithville, TX
You are incorrect, although band in my hand currently has a "design" patent for the record purse, there patent was filed three weeks after broken record designs "utility" patent was filed which includes this design, info is available at us patent office. Ken
First of all, if both companies claim to have a patent, then one is infringing on the other. Why then, are they letting each other continue? Isn't the original holder of the patent responsible for policing those in violation? Doesn't the original holder also have to file any legal complaints in the state & county where the violation is taking place? And then the original holder is only eligible for a percentage of the profits from the other. In that case, wouldn't it be almost too expensive to pursue? I would think most companies won't show large profits either. How do the companies that manufacture designer bags and other items get away with it? I would think that Gucci, and the others would have the resources to take on these little guys, and they don't seem to stop it, so how would a small purse company?
I have some old albums. I have seen them made into bowls by melting them in a regular oven, over oven proof bowls and bent into shape.
I would like someone to tell me how to do this, as I would love to make some bowls from these old albums to put homemade cookies in for gifts. I love to give unusual gifts.
I know these bowls can only be used for cookies and snacks because of the hole in the middle, but I would rather recycle the albums instead of throwing them out. I like to recycle as much of things as I can. Can anyone help me with this project? You can contact me through this site. Thanks in advance.
By Peggy in PA
Gives good directions for just how to do that. Good luck with your project, sounds like it will be great!
We used to make them by laying them on top of an oven proof bowl covered with aluminum foil. Heat your oven to 300 degrees and watch them soften. Using gloves take them out and shape them as you want but leave them on the bowl to cool. They can be painted or decorated as you wish. There are numerous sites to show you how to do this.
Does anyone have an idea for recycling old vinyl records, other than send to Op Shop?
It is a very good idea to recycle vinyl records and reuse plastic and get home organized. In the recycling process old albums are shredded and melted down to create new pressings. These process can be used both in traditional or non-traditional ways.
Simple use for vinyl records!
Approximate Time: 5 minutes
You can also do this with houseplants (keeps them moist longer) or even in your garden to hold down weeds around your growing corn stalks/veggies.
By AHA! from Sterling, PA