Top 10 Things To Make With Vinyl Records

LP’s, EP,s 45′s these are things that today’s teenagers will never understand or know about. But I am sadly old enough to know what they are, but unlike a lot of people I really don’t miss vinyl records! I like CD’s, I like being able to download my music and carry literally thousands of tracks on my Nexus 7, I even like today’s music! However, what are people supposed to do with all those old Val Doonican LP’s they no longer use? Well, maybe this lot will inspire them…

 


Top 10 Things To Make With Vinyl Records


 

Clock made from vinyl record
Clock made from vinyl record

10 – Times are changing, so why shouldn’t the time change its self!
http://goo.gl/BRNzVI

What better use of all those ancient LP’s that time has forgotten than to turn back the clock and make them popular again, by turning them into clocks! Yeah, that was a bit of a mouthful but you get the point.

Vinyl Record turned into Placemats
Vinyl Record turned into Placemats

9 – Vinyl time is dinner time!
http://goo.gl/8POy2N

I always remember as a child that on lazy Sunday dinner times in the summer my mum would play an entire LP while we ate dinner! And so for me, the idea of using those outdated record LP’s for placemats for the dinner table seems kind of nostalgic.

Recycled LP Record Book
Recycled LP Record Book

8 – From in a cover to being the cover
www.etsy.com/uk/search?q=Recycled%20LP%20Record%20Book&ship_to=GB

The idea of turning an LP that was once lovingly kept in a cover to something that is a cover is one of the best recycling ideas I have seen! It looks amazing and is sure to be not only a great talking point, but also maybe a diary for many a happy memory.

Business card holder made from vinyl record
Business card holder made from vinyl record

7 – Retro desk accessories!
how-to-recycle.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/recycled-vinyl-record-crafts.html

Have all your mates that used to be in that punk band you were in now moved on and all own their own business? Well, what better way to keep in touch with them than to store all their business cards in this incredible LP business card holder!

Table made from vinyl record
Table made from vinyl record

6 – The tabletop rock?!?
uk.pinterest.com

My only regret about this one is that I couldn’t find a better image of what is otherwise a simple jaw-dropping use of Records! But the good news is that inside the (source) link is a step-by-step guide on how to make one so maybe someone can make one and give us a better image, but otherwise just enjoy the general idea of it.

Jewellery made from vinyl record
Jewellery made from vinyl record

5 – Record Breaking jewellery!
http://goo.gl/GrRxr8

Yes, you really are looking at some rather cool jewellery made from all those old LP’s that no-one wants anymore. Sure it would take some skill to make them ourselves, but lucky for us that are not craft skilled in any way the (source) links goes straight to the website store that sells loads of them!

Art made from vinyl record
Art made from vinyl record

4 – Great balls of….records?!?
recordrevirginizer.com/vinylpics.html

This incredible sphere made from old vinyl records is one of the most amazing in this list for sure, apparently it is easy to make because when heated the Vinyl sticks to the “chicken wire” frame inside of it, and the best bit of all is that the longer it is outside in the sun the smoother it will get! Cool eh! (but yes it will eventually melt into nothing but let’s not spoil it)

Cake stand made from vinyl record
Cake stand made from vinyl record

3 – From Party music to party cakes!
http://goo.gl/GUUMHs

WOW! This is so amazing and so simple to replicate that it verges on the design of pure genius! Sure to be a great talking point at any party and an incredible use of old LP’s and 45’s if ever I saw one. Well done to the maker of this because it is a good one!

Earring holder made from vinyl record
Earring holder made from vinyl record

2 – Hanging around the disco tech, and the ears!
www.etsy.com/uk/search?q=LP%20Record%20Earring%20Holder&view_type=gallery&ship_to=GB

Simple, beautiful and if much like me you can’t be bothered to make one, we can just click on the source link and it goes to the ETSY shop that sells them! It always makes me wonder how people come up with these amazing ideas as all I ever see in an old record!

Roof Tiles made from vinyl records
Roof Tiles made from vinyl records

1 – The rooftop rocks!
www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/nashville-musician-shingles-his-roof-with-records.html

I am telling you that in all my searching for this blog post nothing has come even close to the levels if EPIC WIN that this idea reaches. It is just right for some many reasons! Apparently, it is 100% waterproof, when it gets real hot the sun will warp them into a single sheet of vinyl making it even better and no cutting needed because all the nails that hold them onto the roof go through the middle part where the needle would go!

114 thoughts on “Top 10 Things To Make With Vinyl Records”

  1. These are great! I love the clock, such a cute use of vinyl. In second hand stores, I have seen vinyl records molded into bowls. Although, for those who do not wish to get creative with their unused vinyl records, they can always sell them to a used vinyl record store.

  2. I do understand where you are coming from, but there are loads of old vinyl records out there that could be used to make these that are scratched or just plain rubbish. Just don’t use any that you might love or enjoy listening to.

  3. I don’t know… I have been so conditioned to taking great care when handling vinyl LPs that I have to cringe just a bit when viewing these images. While these are some great and clever uses for old records I just know that in their grooves are impressions of the past. While I know it is impractical to save them all I would think some sort of barial might be more appropriate. But that’s just me 😉

  4. You are right; I’m almost positive the collections are valuable. Plus there are many rare albums from Britain and all around the world. Besides that, my Dad brought them with him from England because they are special to him.

  5. I think this is my favourite “world’s best” so far. I’d love to do a few of these but my Dad is the only one I know with enough of a collection, he was a dj a long time ago. My favourites are the placemat, book cover and that roof is genius!

  6. I attended “Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll since 1967” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago around 2008. One room of the exhibit floor was layered with LP’s with many of the best LP’s I ever listened too, owned and wanted to own. I had mixed feelings regarding that particular part of the exhibit while spending an hour walking on and reading the LP’s. I walked gingerly upon the LP’s not wanting to damage them any further, yet I savored the memories brought back by those LP’s !!!!!!!!! I am always torn when it comes to LP art but the saving grace in all of the LP art…………Those LP’s are not in a landfill and the memories still live on !

  7. I’m that old as well. I was 22 when I went to Australia in 1969, I have grown up a lot since then. I loved watch Rolf tell a story as he painted on a huge canvas with large brushes, then sang a song about it when he was finished. You know you are getting older when you mention a name or object and all you get is a blank stare.

  8. What fantastic ideas. Actually some old vinyl records are becoming collectors items here and are much in demand. Weird, but guess the past has an attraction for many.

  9. Terrific stuff. I get a bit wistful thinking of the days when I’d play records all afternoon. That crackling sound when you started is almost comforting. Everything I have is digital now. It’s cool to see what artists are doing with our old friends.

  10. That’s what mum thought too.. I was showing her what my blog looked like cause she’s 63 and hadn’t a clue what I was talking about. Then your notification came up to say you liked my page, so I showed her what it was… are you sure not physic…lol

  11. My mum and I were just discussing what to do with all her old vinyl and singles then I stumbled across your blog..genius!! Some of your suggestions are brilliant.

  12. Really? “your favourite list” that is so great to hear! It means I am doing OK and can still keep surprising people even though they have been following for quite a while now.

  13. 78’s! Now that is what I call classical. And I have to say that I did in fact have albums from Rolf, and Cilla Black! (or Cilla White as her singing name was) Yes I really am that old. *LOL*

  14. Love these! How do people get so creative! I’d love to have that clock and that table top.

  15. At last! Someone who knows Val Doonican (though I detect a little put down in the comment). When I went to Australia in 1969 to get married and stayed for a year and a half, we would watch British television and they ran his shows. Also Cilla Black, Rolf Harris and other good programs.

    I love the roof idea, apparently I have very little imagination after seeing these ideas. Each one is a clever use of records. I have some old 78’s from my parents, unfortunately they don’t bend. Great Top 10, you always crack me up.

  16. The cover art never outshines the musical artistry in my world. Still, it’s sort of a relief, seeing rejected vinyl find new purpose. My favorite of your lists so far.

  17. While I appreciate the aesthetics of each piece my age is screaming don’t scratch them. The first album I bought with my own money was Parallel Lines by Blondie I quickly moved on to the Clash and Stranglers then the Jam. Some still in the loft!

  18. I have some vinyl that has only been test pressed 6 times and so has a different mix of the songs on them so they are very rare. Some don’t have covers as such. But I do agree, some of the covers are works of art in their own right.

  19. Love this! And I kinda miss the record thing, but only coz it was when I first really started listening to music. I know a guy who made rings from teaspoons and then started to make bowls from old LP’s. simply put them over a bowl and tossed them in the oven. They were very funky.

  20. I love the informative sessions in which my favorite things are highlighted. Some of these ideas are nothing short of brilliant! Though I have to make the case for vinyl. Maybe not much today, but some music was absolutely made for vinyl. And the LP is resurrected in more than just upcycling. It is back en force. For now, at least.

  21. Well if people don’t know what to do with their old records, they should send them to me! I only got a vinyl record player for Christmas! 🙂

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