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How to Upcycle Old Vinyl Records

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I know many people out there will consider upcycling perfectly good vinyl records and modifying them into house planters and snack bowls as blasphemous, but there is a perfectly good explanation for what you will see in a bit! It is always a great idea to keep your favourite records intact, but when you are running out of storage and you absolutely have no intention to ever listen to many of them ever again, you can consider doing something more creative than throwing them away. Besides, these projects not only show your great taste in home decoration, but in music also! These will definitely blow the brains out of your guests. Here are a couple of easy ideas. More difficult ones to follow later.
1. Vinyl Snack Bowls - perfect for a house party. Organize all the snacks in such bowls and your guests will be very pleased. The snack bowls are heated in an oven using an existent bowl.
2. Vinyl Plant Holders - similarly to the snack bowls, you heat the vinyl records around an existent plant holder.
3. Vinyl Bookends - perfect solution for home office, kid's room or home librabry.
Some general safety tips:
1. Heat the vinyl records to 90. Open all windows and doors to ensure good ventilation and keep kids and pets away, because they may extract some poisonous fumes.
2. Be careful when you work with hot vinyl records. On one hand you should protect your hands from burns and on the other you should work fast before the record hardens.
3. Make sure you use the snack bowls only for cold snacks. As mentioned when heated some records may leak poisonous chemicals. Eating soup from a bowl like this is a no-no! Not to mention if you heat it again you might ruin its shape.
For more detailed instructions: http://www.fantasticcleanerssydney.com.au/news/upcycle-old-vinyl-records-729/

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  • SweetPea Paula
    SweetPea Paula Lynchburg, VA
    on Oct 21, 2013

    I love your ideas. I think it's much better to use the old records for something useful rather than throw them in a landfill.

  • Judy Grecco
    Judy Grecco Hanover, MA
    on Oct 21, 2013

    Are there instructions for the butterfly, love them!

    • Brenda Goodall
      Brenda Goodall Alhambra, IL
      on Oct 23, 2013

      @Judy Grecco at the bottom of post there are 3 little blue dots...click on them!

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Oct 21, 2013

    @Bernice H don't say I don't love you! Look what I found for you! :-)

  • Bernice H
    Bernice H Woodburn, OR
    on Oct 22, 2013

    @Miriam I whoa!! Thanks for loving me! ..i just love the planters! you are probably too young but I have some Smothers Brothers records from way back in 1962 63.. their stuff is sooo funny! But if I made them into planters no one would know what the records are. The bookends are cool too. I haven't seen vinyl records in decades . Good ideas..@Fantastic Cleaners Sydney

  • KELLY TAYLOR
    KELLY TAYLOR Duffield, VA
    on Oct 22, 2013

    Yes, the butterflies are the most interesting thing on here.... wasn't hard but I had to Google it to find the instructions. It's not hard at all... unless you're really untalented.

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