Friday, June 21, 2013

Ten Ways to Recycle and Upcycle Your Vinyl Records

Vinyl records--long playing records and 45 RPM (revolutions per minute)-- are making a comeback nowadays, with young collectors buying both old and newly pressed records. But what can you do with old records that no longer work?

Here are ten ideas on how you can recycle or "upcycle"them and make:


1. Vinyl Record Clocks

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Since they're already round, it would be practical to use vinyl records as clocks. Moreover, you can even cut them in different styles and designs to suit your taste.

2. Vinyl Record Wall Art

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The more artistic may want to go further than just making clocks. Why not sculpt records into beautiful wall art, like butterflies!

3. Vinyl Record Bookends  

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As someone who love reading books, I very much enjoy organizing them with bookends. You can even use them to organize CDs, DVDs, video game discs--and even your other LPs and 45s.

4. Vinyl Record Jewelry

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There are many ways to transform your old records into beautiful things to wear. You can make bracelet bands, earrings, necklaces, and other creative things you can imagine.

5. Vinyl Record Bags

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That's right! You can express your love for good old analog music by wearing a bag made from upcycled records, especially the ones that shine.

6. Vinyl Record Canvases for Art

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Again, for the artists out there. You can use old records as a special canvas on which to express you artistry. You can even put your own face on them, or portraits of your loved ones.

7. Vinyl Record Lampshades

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You can also transform your records into very practical black lampshades. You can even design them, so they look more vibrant and beautiful.

8. Vinyl Record Bowls

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Have a taste of music soup with your very own lp record bowls! You can even use the bowls as candy trays, snack trays, and ashtrays as well. 

9. Vinyl Record Roof Shingles

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This may seem like a crazy idea, but some people use discarded records as roof shingles for their homes, tree houses, and gardening sheds. If it works, then why not?

10. Vinyl Record Cardholders 

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If you want to organize your calling cards in a fun and attractive way, then why not place them on a cardholder made from recycled records? You can even make a personal cardholder to keep in your pocket as well.

Bonus: Vinyl Record Pinwheels

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Time to spruce up your garden with some bright colored pinwheels made from old vinyl records. You can also have designs printed on them before you begin cutting, for more artsy decorations.


There are so many ways to upcycle your old vinyl records. For more ideas, visit this vinyl records crafts page on Pinterest.

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