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Making a Vinyl Record Bowl

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A bowl made with an old vinyl record.

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.


Video: Making a Vinyl Record Bowl

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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Vinyl Record Bowl Instructions

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. A bowl made with an old vinyl record.

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.

Tip: Trinket Bowl from a Vinyl Record

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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Here are questions related to Making a Vinyl Record Bowl.

Question: Vinyl Record Bowl

I have tons of vinyl records; I need information on how to craft a bowl.

Thanks. Cindy

By Cindy from Dallas, TX


Most Recent Answer

By Molly [3]09/10/2010

Here is a Youtube video: I have made tons of them.

Question: Using Vinyl Record Bowls For Food

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

By Jan from VA


Most Recent Answer

By Lilac [20]01/28/2011

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.