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I remember stumbling upon a box of my parents’ old vinyl records in our basement as a teenager and thinking: A) “My parents used to listen to Pink Floyd?” and B) “I HAVE TO SAVE THESE!” We didn’t own a turntable at the time, so mostly I just gazed at the cool retro cover art. I wish I had known then about all the nifty things you can do with LPs — besides hoard them in a milk crate. Of course, these vinyl record crafts aren’t for your favorites or rare finds, but they’re great for anything scratched, slightly warped or, um, albums you’d otherwise discard. Check out my DIY finds and prepare to rock!

Make butterfly wall art out of vinyl records! See how on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

I love butterflies, but my fiancé finds them a little creepy, which I found out only after making him go to the American Museum of Natural History’s Butterfly Conservatory with me. Oops. The real things might wig him out, but I doubt he’d object to these colorful vinyl record butterflies from the Threadsence blog. The teenage me would have filled an entire wall with these beauties.

Make cool bowls out of vinyl records. Get the details on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

Vinyl record bowls are a classic. You can definitely buy these, but wouldn’t it be more fun to make your own? Head over to PopSugar for the instructions.

Turn a vinyl record into a clock. See how on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

What time is it? Time for you to turn a vinyl record that’s been gathering dust into a shiny new clock! Allison from Dream a Little Bigger shows you how it’s done. Englebert Humperdinck won’t mind, promise.

Display sweets on vinyl record cake stands. Get the DIY details on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

From the “Why Didn’t I Think of That?!” Files: Vinyl record cake stands for music-themed birthday parties. These examples from CAKE. have upturned martini glasses as bases. These would probably be best for serving cupcakes or treats with paper liners, but if you’d like to use them for round cakes, make sure to use some parchment.

Upcycle an old vinyl record into a charming side table. See more on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

Make a side table in record time (insert audible groan here) with a vinyl record and this tutorial from The Flourishing Abode. All you need is an LP, hot glue gun and — get this — a plant stand as the base! Genius.

Which vinyl record craft spun you right round, baby, right round? And do you have any craft material suggestions for me? Leave them in the comments below!


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  2. Roxann says:

    I have a box of old albums, not 34's, not 45's, they are the old kind from my parents day. I think 78's
    . If anyone would like to purchase them for crafts, please email me @ roxanncalkins@yahoo.com. They aren't good for listening to, my parents had them in the basement for years, in a box, with no covers to keep them from scratching against eachother. They are thicker/heavier than the 34 albums that we used to play.

    • Laketax lady says:

      Doubt those 78s could be used for most of these crafts, since they are not moldable vinyl. Maybe the table top, but 78s were also brittle and broke easily.

  3. just me says:

    I just sold my vinyl collection and got 8,000.00. well worth keeping them

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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