Home Recycled Home: Recycled Vinyl Record Bowls


I am a music addict. That being said, you can guess that the décor in my space reflects my love for all things melodic. (And you would be correct.)

I love the idea of repurposing vinyl records into functioning art for around the house. DO NOT use a record you’ve loved, are currently loving, or one day may love again. I picked up a few at the local thrift store for pennies and the artist’s music is easy to find on CD and digital download.


  • One vinyl record, any size
  • Deep bowl or coffee mug – oven safe
  • Cookie sheet

Step 1: Preheat oven to 240°F

Step 2: Place mug (or bowl) upside down on a cookie sheet and carefully center the vinyl so that the label is resting on the mug.

Step 3: Place in oven for 3-5 minutes; carefully watch for the record to become floppy.

Step 4: At this point, you can shape the vinyl by hand (or use an oven mitt as the record may be hot). You can add waves by bending the record. NOTE: You will want to shape it as soon as you remove it from the oven as the vinyl re-hardens quickly.

I love using these bowls every day and filling them for special occasions like dinner parties. Be sure to check out our September 18 edition—it’s our annual arts edition and will be filled with great things for the music (and arts) lover in all of us!


Do you have an item (or a collection of items) that you are looking to recycle? Send a picture of your products over and I just might use them in a future project! Pictures should be emailed to awanamaker@townandcountrygazette.com. Please be sure to include your name and contact info.


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