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DIY Vinyl Bowls

How do they do it? Make bowls out of vinyl records? I’ve tried it and I think it went very well!

This DIY project I’ve been thinking about trying for months and at last, yesterday I got the time to “cook my own records”. There are a lot of different ways to do this and if you take a quick search you’ll find different tips on how to make the perfect bowl. I’ve found one way which worked out great and it involves a vinyl record, an oven, a tin can and 200°F. I want to keep the centrepiece intact, and I want to be able to touch the record when I take it out of the oven without burning my hands.

My way: Put a tin can inside the oven (in the middle) and place the vinyl record centred on top of it. Wait 10-15 minutes, open the oven door and place six fingers on the vinyl folds on the side and press together. If you have achieved a six pointed star shape you can lift it out, both the vinyl and the tin box. Keep the shape with your fingers pressing until the vinyl is cool and hard again. This is shown on the picture beneath.

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17 Comments

  1. Hannah

    Hannah

    Is it still fine to cook in afterwards? Or is the vinyl toxic at all.

  2. Jay

    Jay

    If it softens at a temperature so low you can mold it with bare hands, I doubt it would be much use in cooking. It would probably melt completely before it got hot enough to cook food, regardless of toxins.

    • Caroline

      Caroline

      not the bowl…the oven. does warming the vinyl release toxic fumes into the oven/kitchen?

      • Sarah

        Sarah

        Yes, it does release toxic, carcinogenic fumes.

  3. I don’t think a Sting album has ever looked so good! Great blog

    • Erlend

      Erlend

      Thanks Chris :-)

  4. Pepper

    Pepper

    love this! Can be painted and sealed and used for baskets to hold make-up in bathroom; for gift baskets filled with goodies; for doggy gift basket and used as dog bowl afterwards; so many great uses and so nice to have something unique. Thanks for sharing.

    • Erlend

      Erlend

      Sure thing Pepper!

  5. so great. even the pics withe oranges.

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    doro K.

    • Erlend

      Erlend

      :-)

  6. Pitufina

    Pitufina

    Merci beaucoup de France! Votre site est génial! Maintenant il faut que mon oncle accepte de me donner un de ses vinils!

    • Erlend

      Erlend

      Ah, Merci beaucoup Pitufina :-)

  7. Emily

    Emily

    Back, years ago,when I I was in grade school we made these. FUN

    • Erlend

      Erlend

      Alright Emily :-) It is indeed fun – thanks for sharing :-)

  8. Joyce

    Joyce

    I am blown away by such a clever idea! But am concerned about the toxins released… CAN you cook in the oven later? Or does this need to be done strictly in an “artist’s” oven? I want to make this for every musician/ music-loving friend I know!!

  9. Robin

    Robin

    I would like to know the answer to Joyce’s question!!??

  10. Lou

    Lou

    Please answer Joyce’s question

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