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How to Make a Vinyl Record Bowl

Vintage Record Bowls

A thrifty recycled project to make is to take a vinyl record and make it into a bowl. Its easy and simple to do. You can store anything in them like fruit, candy, gadgets, makeup, jewelry, craft accessories or even use it as a plant holder. You could even just put it on a stand for a decoration. You can shape them into different sizes big and small. It's a neat crafty project for your old records that you might want to get rid of. You will have a vintage style that is timeless.

In this article you will learn how to make a vinyl record bowl along with what you need and the how to instructions. Watch an instructional video so you can see visually on how to make a record bowl. I've shared some photo's of what you can store or put in these bowls. I think it's a really fun neat idea. So round up some old records and get started!


My own record bowl I made.

My own record bowl I made.

Bowl

How To Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 200
  2. Put the bowl face down on a lined cookie sheet with foil paper on it. Then put your album on top of the bowl. Carefully insert your cookie sheet with record on top into the oven. You may need to adjust your oven racks to have enough space for melting your record into a bowl.
  3. Set your oven timer for 5- 10 minutes. Stay near oven to check on it. Once your record starts to droop over the sides of the bowl pull it out with your mitts on.
  4. Either press the record around the bowl or flip the bowl upside and put the record inside of it. Press it against the sides of the bowl either way you choose. As you press the record it will mold into a bowl shape.The bowl will cool completely in about a few minutes.

    **You don't have very long to shape it so if you mess up; just reheat it for a few more minutes and try again.

  5. Your record bowl is ready to use.

Instructional Video - Record Bowling Making

This is a basic instructional video on how to make a record bowl. When I was viewing other video's I noticed that everyone has their own technique but the concept of how to make them are the same.

Cookie Sheet

Oven Mitts

Record Bowl I made.

Record Bowl I made.

Bowls Already Made!

If you don't feel comfortable making your own bowls; you can get them already made. Vinyl is pretty neat and you can make some really fun crafts with your favorite genres or artists.

Painted Record Bowl

Comments:

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on September 01, 2015:

What a really neat idea! This would be great for a 50's party, I guess any music era, but I immediately thought of the 50's

Louise Smith from Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain on May 11, 2015:

Love them.....I have about 6 all over the house.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on October 01, 2014:

Thanks. There really easy to make. You'll like it.

Julia M S Pearce from Melbourne, Australia on September 30, 2014:

Wouldn't mind making one of these. Great fun idea.

Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on May 29, 2014:

Really simple and cool project! Thanks for sharing, CherylFay.

jr365 on May 10, 2014:

Wow! This is one of the easiest looking projects I've seen that gives you a cool product!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on January 23, 2014:

@lesliesinclair: They are really fun to make. I've done some and I love them!

lesliesinclair on January 23, 2014:

What a snazzy idea to use up vinyls that have no meaning to anyone.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on November 04, 2013:

@anonymous: Awesome!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on November 04, 2013:

@Doc_Holliday: Thanks for stopping by

Doc_Holliday on November 04, 2013:

Some of these records are collectors items.

anonymous on June 09, 2013:

nw i noe what to do with my vinyl records...

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on June 04, 2013:

@LeslieMirror: Thanks for stopping by!

LeslieMirror on June 04, 2013:

Interior is something you should pay much attention to! I would love thus to add some tips to your perfect ones! http://www.squidoo.com/interior-trends

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on June 03, 2013:

@primarolia: Thanks! If you don't want to melt a record into a bowl; you could always make one into a clock to hang on your wall. I have lens on how to make them. Thanks for stopping by!

primarolia on June 03, 2013:

I have so many vinyl records to make bowl for all of us! But I really feel very sorry to melt them :(

I have to find these decoration ones. Because I wanna keep the "Help" Beatles album!

Really nice idea, nice post :)

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on May 30, 2013:

@LiteraryMind: I seen that method as well on a video but I the oven way more. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on May 30, 2013:

When I was a child, my mother used to do this with us as a craft for us to decorate. However, she would hold the record in a big pot of boiling water and keep pushing it against the bottom of the pot while rotating. I think your method is easier and safer.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on May 26, 2013:

@Carol Houle: Have making a record bowl. Thanks for stopping by.

Carol Houle from Montreal on May 25, 2013:

Oh, I forgot to add. Imagine those reels that come off an assembly line at an electronics factory? I once brought home a huge bunch of them. They look like old fashion movie reels, right? So I thought I'd make a mural ~movie stars, filmstrip drawing curling here and there and those superposed reels (in a few different colors). Wish I could have them back now. You see what happens?

Carol Houle from Montreal on May 25, 2013:

So cool, Cheryl. But isn't it a felony in 50 states to melt those masterpieces? LOL

I might try it. Thanks for the idea.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on May 23, 2013:

@my2165: Thanks! I made another lens before this one that talks about covering a wall with records. How cool is that! Thanks for stopping by!

my2165 on May 23, 2013:

Fun lens, Vinyl records are so great, I had a neighbor who went out to his goodwill, bought a bunch of vinyl records and covered his wall with them for decoration, glad to see you can also use them as bowls.

anonymous on May 22, 2013:

Cool Stuff.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on May 21, 2013:

@BettyRecki: Thank You! It really is a nice easy craft to make.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on May 21, 2013:

@EmmaBrown1: They are easy and really neat! Thanks!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on May 21, 2013:

@Cynthia Haltom: True but there always other crafts to make with them such as a record clock with keeps them in tack and useful along with your memories hanging on the wall.

BettyRecki on May 21, 2013:

Very cool! Love the idea and it looks easy.

EmmaBrown1 on May 20, 2013:

Looks like it is very easy to make this bowl. I should dig up my old records and create something unique. Thank you for the great lens!

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on May 20, 2013:

If I had records I don't know that I could melt one because of the memories it would have had for me.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on May 20, 2013:

@Arod17: Thanks!

Arod17 on May 20, 2013:

that is so cool!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on May 20, 2013:

@Ben Reed: Thanks!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on May 20, 2013:

@erbeaz: Pink one up at a garage sale or goodwill. Its a fun record craft! Thanks for coming by!

Ben Reed from Redcar on May 20, 2013:

These look stunning.

erbeaz on May 20, 2013:

That is so cool and rats I'm fresh out of old records! Now I gotta go my mine back that I donated.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on May 15, 2013:

@Therestlesssoul: Thanks.....

Therestlesssoul on May 14, 2013:

very creative......

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on May 02, 2013:

@Gypzeerose: Thanks! I've have lots of records around too. I was happy to find a craft to make with them. Again Thanks!

Rose Jones on May 01, 2013:

Indeed a great craft, and very nice lens. Pinned to my crafts board and blessed. I have tons of records around, now I can play with them in a different way.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on May 01, 2013:

@Othercatt: Awesome! I hope it turns out great!

Othercatt on May 01, 2013:

This is a wicked cool idea for unique bowls. I can't wait to invade my Grandmas record collection so I can make one of my own.