Tutorial: record bowl & letter holder

This is one of my favorite Do-it Yourself projects. Makes a unique and creative gift. Below are the directions how to make a “record bowl” from an old record. This cute and nostalgic bowl is great for just tossing in your keys, wallet, and phone as you walk in the door. A few years ago as a part of Teacher Appreciate Week, I made all of the teachers at my Son’s middle school a record bowl. The teachers just loved them, using them to store miscellaneous desk items such as scissors, glue, markers, thumb tacks, etc. This year I made a record bowl as well as a wall mounted record mail holder for both my daughter and her college roommate.See instructions below.


This project starts with gathering up some old records. I purchased records at Half-Priced Books. You can purchase records starting at one dollar and up two five or six dollars. I used records with a center color that I liked or one produced by a favorite artist.


Remove the records albums from the cardboard folder. You can through out record album cover, unless you have another great project in mind.


Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.


Next find an appropriately sized kitchen bowl. I used the largest bowl from my set of three kitchen-aide bowls. (Circumference of about ).


Place record in 200 degree oven. It will take about a minute to heat up enough to be pliable and form into a bowl. See the slight ripple effect on this record? The record is not rippled enough to remove from the oven. Keep eye on record and remove from oven when it has started to melt.


Using a soft, damp cloth, such as a cloth baby diaper, carefully dust both sides of the record. Make sure the cloth fabric is only a little damp and dust the paper circle in the center of the record very lightly. You do not want to tear the label.








Next remove rippled record form the oven and quickly form your record bowl by creating pleats or ruffles in the record. Allow record bowl to cool. It is not complete. No two record bowls will be alike!



Place another record in the 200 degree oven and allow it to get warm.


Simply use a rolled up kitchen towel to form the record into a mail holder.


Hang formed record on the wall with a nail placed in the center of the record. I hung one record above the other for great mail storage.



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Orange has not always been a favorite color of mine. One day I purchased an orange cardigan sweater in orange, I received so many compliments when wearing this orange sweater that I now incorporate orange into my wardrobe and home decor. I have orange shoes, a raincoat, a great purse, and scarfs as well as having orange candle holders and candles and metal orange table in my backyard and orange floral arrangements. So I recommend adding orange to your home and your wardrobe. Enjoy the following post, a Sea of Orange.




Ruffles of orange


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The orange color


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DIY Chalkboards


Applying chalkboard paint to old gilded mirror, a great use for an unused frame

This post highlights the chalk board. Below you with find several do-it-yourself chalk boards. There are made from old picture frames, window panes, coffee tables, clip boards, dressers, and silver trays. Enjoy!



Beautiful red chalkboard. Turn an old picture frame into a chalkboard. Take a picture, remove art work and replace with a board. Paint board with chalkboard paint. Hang and enjoy.



Stunning gold frame upcycled into a chalkboard. Hung with a beautiful ribbon.



Old clip boards turned into message boards and it’s all been done by painting the clip boards with chalk board pai


Here is a great way to entertain the kiddo’s. Paint a large piece of wood with chalk board paint, then frame out the wood. The little ones will draw for hours.


Take an old window and replace the glass with a wooden board, paint the board with chalk board paint. Paint the old window frame white, hang and enjoy.


Here is a fun way to revamp and old coffee table. Paint the table with chalk board paint, hand the kids some chalk and let them color:)


The panes in this old window have been replaced with cork board and pieces of wood painted with chalk board paint. Now you have a dual purpose media board.


A burlap covered board adorned with a letter painted with chalk board paint. 

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