New Life for Old LP

For a great recycling project, how about turning an old LP into a bowl? If you’ve already hauled your vinyl to the curb, don’t worry. Thrift stores and charity sales almost always have some records they need to get rid of.

New Life for Old LP
What You Need

An old LP or two

An oven-proof bowl (I used stainless steel mixing bowls for this project)

Oven mitts



The Proceedure

1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

2. Center your LP over the inverted bowl, as shown.

3. Carefully slide the bowl and LP into the oven.

4. Bake your record for 3 to 5 minutes.

5. Donning oven mitts, remove the ruined record from the oven and press or flute the pliable edges into a bowl shape.

6. Let your jazzy new bowl cool for about five minutes, and then finesse if from the bottom of the oven-proof bowl.

The Do-Over

Did your bowl turn out a little lopsided? My first attempt did, but don’t worry. Just put the LP back over the oven-proof bowl and slide it back into the oven for a few minutes. When you take it out, it will be pliable enough to lift off the bowl. Then, just reposition it and chuck it back in the oven for a few more minutes. Pick up the procedure at step 5.

For different effects, try using different sized oven-proof bowls. Large ones will create a shallower LP bowl. A smaller one will produce a more fluted edge.

Great for movie night, line your new, cool LP bowl with a paper towel, and fill it with your snack of choice. And to complete the recycling circle, how about turning the album cover into cheap art?

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Henri on Dec 27, 2006:

I almost pains me to read this as I still isten to vinyl, and yes they sound better than Cds, but I love the idea. And popgeek, I like the clock a lot!

3stripe on Nov 18, 2006:

I've actually seen these on sale for about £5 each. Now I can make my own - sweet!

gregoryjohnson on Nov 18, 2006:

VintageSwank. Not to worry. DIY Maven's next DIY posting will tell you how to melt the LPs back into their original flat playable condition! ~ Gregory

VintageSwank on Nov 18, 2006:

I cried just a bit when I saw this. I love my old vinyl. As long as you are using a copy of Herb Albert and the Tiwanna Brass this could be a fun project :)

Vintage Swank

DIY Maven on Nov 18, 2006:

Hmm...I'm going to go melt a CD now.

gregoryjohnson on Nov 18, 2006:

Very creative! I've heard of burning a CD before, but never an LP. - Gregory

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