Making a Vinyl Record Bowl

Vinyl record bowls are easy to make and a are cool way to recycle your old records. This is a guide about making vinyl record bowls.

A bowl made with an old vinyl record.
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I have tons of vinyl records; I need information on how to craft a bowl.

Thanks. Cindy

By Cindy from Dallas, TX

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I saw this on TV,

Here's the basics:

1) Line your oven's rack with aluminum foil

2) Lay record on top of a fairly large glass, ceramic, or stainless bowl and place in a cold oven.

3) Turn oven to lowest setting and keep watch on the record. Do not leave record in oven for more that 2 minutes. After 1 or 2 minutes record will be playable.

4) After the recod s playble. Remove record and bowl from oven with oven mitts.

5) Take a second smaller bowl that will easily fit inside of the bottom bowl (above) put this bowl on TOP of the record. Use this bowl to push the record down inside of the bottom bowl.

Note. You can also use your oven mitt to push the record down into the glass bowl, and quickly arrange the folds (or "ruffles") of vinyl then put the smaller bowl inside to make a more round shape.

* If you did not work quickly enough, simply return vinyl record to oven for about 1 minute & start over again.

* Records should not be used to serve food without lining then with plastic wrap or you can place the top glass bowl inside the record and use that to serve in.

* If your record tends to stick, spray bottom bowl with Pam, then wash the Pam off with dawn dish soap after your record bowl is complete.

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I used to make vinyl record bowls, but I only used a bowl under the vinyl to get the size I wanted. I used oven mitts and free-formed the ruffles, with some having one side higher than the other, or one side more upright.

Using the free-form shapes allowed me to do floral arrangements in some of them. I can't remember how I colored them, or if I even did color them. It was some time ago when my kids were little (the youngest is now 53).

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A bowl made with an old vinyl record.This is an easy recycled craft that you can make in 20 minutes or less. It makes a hip container for that small potted plant that you are planning to give someone as a gift this Christmas.

Warning: Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area to avoid inhaling fumes. Open windows and make sure the fan is on in your kitchen.


  • record that you no longer care about
  • oven safe bowl (approx. 9" across the top)
  • cookie sheet


Vinyl Record Bowl

Preheat oven 200 degrees F. Place Bowl upside down on the cookie sheet place record on top of the bowl. Once oven is preheated place in the oven for 8-10 minutes.

Vinyl Record Bowl

Now the record should be soft enough to mold, and cool enough to touch but use pot holders at first, just to be safe. The bowl and cookie sheet will be much hotter than the vinyl. Turn the bowl right side up and place the record in side it, and mold until you got the shape you want. You only have about a minute to work with it, so work fast. If it is not just right put it back in the oven for a few more minutes and try again.

Vinyl Record Bowl

Once it has completely cooled it is ready to use. It took less than five minutes for mine to cook completely. What for you may ask?

Vinyl Record Bowl

  • fruit bowl
  • flower pot (already has the drainage hole)
  • a place to put your keys
  • a decoration
  • a gift
  • nail it to your wall has art
  • paint it

Vinyl Record Bowl

* Notice to pet owners: hair sticks to this very easily. Simply just wipe it down with a wet cloth.

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Another thrifty present for Christmas is to take some old vinyl albums or records large or small and make them into trinket bowls. Place the vinyl on top of a smaller glass bowl and put in the oven for about 5 minutes till the vinyl starts to droop into the bowl. It's easier if you put a heavy tin of something on top but if you do be sure to open the tin a bit so it doesn't burst under pressure. As the vinyl droops into the glass bowl because the glass bowl is smaller, the vinyl will also flute all round the edges in folds which are very pretty. Then take out the oven and let it cool and you have a nice trinket bowl which can be filled with sweets. It makes a groovy present for a teenager as retro is fashionable and it's also recycling old stuff.

By Carol from England

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Can food such as nuts or chips be put directly into bowls made from old vinyl records?

By Jan from VA

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Do not put food in anything that is not manufactured for food. There are chemicals and additives in materials that can make you ill. There may be lead in them.

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This short video gives you quick lesson in making a bowl from a vinyl record. It's quick, easy and fun.

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