Tuesday, June 23, 2015

DIY Record Bowl

Hey Friends!

So this past weekend was Father's Day.  We had a fun weekend with our in-laws and enjoyed each other's company.

My husband, Grant, received a new leaf blower and weed eater from his parents for Father's Day so you can imagine his excitement to finally have one where the battery wouldn't die so quickly.

The boys and I decided to make Daddy a gift this year instead of purchasing one.  We made him a record bowl.  He already has two of them that he purchased, oh probably about 4 years ago and he really loves them.  They're a great catch all for all of his things.

Our latest garage sale we had some left over vinyls that my mother had put in hoping to sell.  So I grabbed one of the records that had a bunch of songs on it that my 23 year old husband loves.  He always is saying that he was born in the wrong decade because his favorite music is from the 50s.

The process was SO simple.

What you'll need:
  • Record of your choosing
  • Oven safe bowl
  • Cookie sheet, optional

First, set your oven to 350 degrees

Next, choose a record that you don't mind repurposing.  

Place the bowl upside down onto the cookie sheet.  I used a cookie sheet to help keep the record stable.  Make sure that you have the record centered onto the bowl.  This way the vinyl will melt and form into a bowl shape.  Almost instantly the record will begin to wilt.  Bake for 3-5 minutes.


Bake for 3-5 minutes.

When you remove the record it surprisingly isn't too hot.  I picked it up and it was flimsy.  So I turned the bowl over and pushed the record into the bowl to help it keep it bowl shape.  Beginning forming and pinching the record to your liking.

 Once I was sure it was going to hold its bowl shape, and while it was still flexible, I removed it from the bowl and pinched and formed it until it wouldn't move any more.

VOILA! The finished product! 

It starts to cool pretty quickly, so you need to work kind of quick.  The whole process took me, oh maybe, 7-8 minutes.  I only baked the record for about 3-4 and spent the rest of the time molding.  

So there you have it! A simple DIY that is under 10 minutes! WOW!   I think I'm going to have to make some more of these for my son's second birthday in a few months since it will fit the theme.  

Until next time!