Crafting with Niki: Make a Bowl from Recycled/Re-Purposed Vinyl Record

This year, I have taken on a new quest.  Not only am I planning on making most of the Christmas gifts for my family, but I am also trying to use recycled/re-purposed items as much as I can.  (Now, this is totally different than re-gifting that sweater my grandma gave me that I will never wear – that’s an entirely different article ;0)  I’m doing this for a few reasons; 1 – I’m helping the environment by not buying new things.  2 – It saves money.  3 – It’s a challenge, something Vinyl Record Bowl Craft different, and I can create unique items for my family that mean something!  I’ve spent a lot of time searching online and finding special things to make people and to me, it brings out the the spirit of Christmas!

I will share more of the gifts that I make as they are completed.  For now, I introduce you to the “Record Dish”.  I’m so excited about this dish!  It’s unique and virtually free!   All you need is an old vinyl record – yes, the things we used to listen to music on before Ipods, CD players, and even (gasp) cassette tapes!  You can use any size record for this project depending on how big of a bowl that you want to make.  The full size (33 1/3 rpm) records will make a large bowl, think fruit bowl size, and the smaller (45 rpm) records make a much smaller bowl.  For this gift I found an old 45 and decided to make a catch-all bowl.  You will need a vinyl record, glass bowl, baking sheet, and oven mitts/hot pads.

Here are the directions.

1.  Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees.

2.  Turn your glass bowl upside down on the baking sheet and lay the record on top.

3.  Warm in the oven for 7 – 10 minutes.  As it warms, the record will soften and start to curve downwards – that’s good!

4.  Using your oven mitts/hot pads quickly take the baking sheet out of the oven, move the record, and turn your bowl upright.  Then put the record inside the bowl and form to your liking.  You will need to do this quickly, because the vinyl will re-set quickly.  If you don’t like how it looks, you can re-soften the record by putting it back in the oven.

5.  Let your bowl cool and your gift is done!

For the 45 that I chose, I wanted to cover the opening in the center so it can be used for a change/key bowl.  For this, I cut a small circle of black felt and hot glued it to the bottom side of the bowl.

Next up, a scrabble desk set and tea cup h’ors d’oeurve tray!  Stay tuned for directions and pictures in my upcoming posts!.