5 Genius Uses for Old, Scratched Vinyl Records
It's time to take those old records off the shelf and put them to good use!
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If you’re tired of your worn and scratched vinyl records collecting dust on a shelf, it’s time for a change. There may be no good way to get the scratches out, but there are plenty of ways to transform a record into a piece of art you can enjoy every day.
Plants Love Music, Too
To make an out-of-the-box planter from a record, all you need is a cookie sheet, parchment paper and an oven-safe bowl. Place the bowl upside down on the parchment-lined cookie sheet and set the record flat on top of the bowl. Heat in a 350-degree oven for five to six minutes until soft. Remove the record from the oven, carefully place it into a bowl, and arrange until your desired shape is achieved. Once cool, fill your new planter to the brim with all of your favorite plants.
It’s Time for This DIY
This DIY is so easy, it’s as if records were made to be turned into clocks. Just slide a clock kit through the center hole of the record, slide clockface into place, secure the hands and tighten the nut.
Keep It Cool + Clean
Turning a record into a coaster may seem simple enough, but we’ve got a couple extra tips that will guarantee success. First, place the record on a towel and slide a piece of parchment paper over it. Iron the record through the parchment on high heat until pliable. While warm, use scissors to cut the perimeter around the center of the record away. Trim away all excess and clean up the edges. Following the same process, iron the record once more and place a heavy book on top of it so it flattens as it cools. Once cool, spray with a clear acrylic sealant and enjoy for years to come!
Give the Lyrics a Home
Create one-of-a-kind artwork by using a metallic magic marker to write your favorite quote or song lyrics around the face of your favorite record (favorite *scratched* record). Once the ink dries, simply place it in a vinyl record frame. The hardest part is deciding which wall is worthy of your work.
Spice Up Your Side Table
Liven up a boring metal plant stand or create a small table for your space with the magic of vinyl records. Just spray paint a metal plant stand in your favorite color and secure a vinyl record to the top using industrial adhesive.
Pro Tip: To guarantee a long-lasting result, finish this table off with a clear acrylic sealant.