DIY Vinyl Record Coasters From Old LPs

Here's how to make vinyl record coasters from all those old LPs you have lying around (assuming, of course, that they're not worth listening to anymore) ... 


DIY vinyl record coasters

These are by no means an original idea. I saw them on all sorts of websites when shopping for unique Christmas gifts. However, $20-45 for six or eight coasters seems like a bit much. For the same investment [for the hole saw], you can make these guys by the thousands, and by picking out your own LPs, you can select from the choicest of colors and label designs.

And while you're feeling LP-tastic, check this out!


  • 12” vinyl albums (raid the 25¢ bin!)
  • Electric drill or drill press
  • Bi-Metal Hole Saw (I already had a 4 1/4” saw, but if you’re buying new, go for a 4 1/2”)
  • Scrap wood: a large flat piece (I used an old fiberboard shelf) and two thinner strips (1x2”)
  • C-clamps, or short bar clamps
  • 150-220 grit sandpaper
  • Spray Polyurethane or Acrylic finish
  • Stable work surface
  • Safety glasses, work gloves, and dust mask (this stuff HAS to be bad for you)

How to Make Vinyl Record Coasters 


start with an old record

1. Select your albums. Listen first, if you please, to make sure they’re worth destroying

cut the record
2. If using a smaller drill press, cut the top third of the album.
3. FIRMLY secure the larger piece of scrap wood to a stable work surface, or the drill press table.
4. Place record on scrap wood, and firmly secure the album with the 1x2”s, clamping them as close as possible to the label.
5. Using the spindle hole as a guide, insert the starter bit of the hole saw, and using a SLOW RPM (set your drill press low, or pull slightly on your trigger), drill out the label of the LP. If the album jumps around, or you can see the teeth marks, secure the record more firmly to the work surface, and try to clamp closer to the label.
6. Peel away extra vinyl, and sand the edges to smoothness, staying clear of the paper label.
sand the edges
7. Apply a coat of clear spray finish to both sides of the LP, letting dry between coats.
apply a clear coat finish

8. Apply a delicious, natural beverage, and enjoy.


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Rene Hernandez on Jun 17, 2016:

Just a helpful hint, run the drill in reverse it will melt into the vinyl instead of cutting into it & wont snag on the bit's teeth, works like a charm.

Kelvin on Feb 06, 2010:

A cheaper version would be cutting it out by hand then sanding down the edges, They look as good as the ones cut by a hole saw. 

Anonymous on Dec 25, 2009:

Make a frame with the leftover scrap vinyl...

Aleksie on Mar 27, 2007:

Wow what a great idea for all those cruddy scratched up old records out there!

MnkyMama on Mar 05, 2007:

This is great...but it is much easier to just use old CD's....we burn our own all the time and after they great scratched it is an easy way to still use them.  :) 

balubalu on Mar 04, 2007:

Don't you dare destroying those LPs. Damn you modern times of digital music. (Uhm, no - I'm only 32 years old yet - why? :-)

Chris Gardner on Mar 03, 2007:

"Pretty damn cool....BUT what clever thing are you gonna do with the rest of the scrap vinyl, huh, mister smarty pants???!!! ;)"

Make vinyl bowls with holes in them... Duh.

jasimar on Mar 02, 2007:

It's clever but... I think my dad would cry the bitterest of tears if I stole back my old 45's and trimmed them up.  He would definitely need a drink, but hey! at least he'd have a coaster to place it on.

DIY Maven on Mar 02, 2007:

Pretty damn cool....BUT what clever thing are you gonna do with the rest of the scrap vinyl, huh, mister smarty pants???!!! ;)

lilybee on Mar 02, 2007:

Very cool.  These would be great a hostess gift for guys, (um host gift?), loads more interesting than wine...

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