Ultimate Guide to Recycled Vinyl Record Crafts

Painting Recycled Vinyl Records

Part of the appeal of vinyl record crafts is to show off a collection of great artists and albums. But what about those albums you hate? Do you really want "Halloween Sounds of the 1970s" displayed in your living room?

Don't worry -- here is at least one way to dress up a so-so record. Simply apply a few coats of paint to your record to coordinate it with any room in your home. For a clean, white canvas, you should apply primer before you begin painting [source: Claringbold]. The primer will also fill in some of the record's deep grooves and give you a smoother surface.

Water or oil-based primers and paints both work well. However, the water-based latex paints tend to be easier to clean up and they also tend to be more economically priced. You can mount these vibrant art pieces up on your wall as an art-deco design. And while you have those paints out, why not add a finishing touch to your bowl or bracelet after they've cooled.

If you are more of a paint-by-numbers person, a simple pattern might help. You will need:

  • A black or blue permanent marker
  • A sheet of white printing paper
  • A brightly lit window

First, cut the paper into a circle. Then, fold the paper circle in half three times. Your paper should now resemble a slice of pizza. Unfold the paper, and you will have a pizza with six pieces. Using the marker, sketch a design onto one of the pieces of your paper pizza. Copy your design onto the other slices by holding each slice up to a window and tracing. Once you have your design, you can transfer it to the record.

Whether you want to show off your best records or hide those embarrassing ones, there are many crafts that can keep your 33s and 45s timeless.

To learn more about vinyl records and other recycled crafts, visit the links below.

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