For When You’re Bored and Broke

A DIY vinyl record project with Nissa Nicole


It might not be listenable, but it can still be useful! Follow these simple instructions for how to turn an old vinyl record that Record Pressing hasn’t pressed, or Amoeba wouldn’t buy, into a cute and uber unique, one of a kind, decorative bowl.


– One standard 12” vinyl record
– Oven-safe bowl, approx. 9” in circumference
– Cookie sheet
– Two oven mitts
– Oh, and and oven, of course!


– Acrylic paint (found at craft stores, art stores, or department stores for as little as $.99 a bottle)
– Paintbrushes, one large, one small
– Acrylic glaze (found in the same aisle as acrylic paint)


Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Lay out the cookie sheet and the oven-safe bowl you’ll use.


Once the oven is preheated, set the bowl upside down on the cookie sheet. Set the record down on top of the overturned bowl, then carefully place the cookie sheet in the oven on the top rack. Set the timer for 10 minutes.


Put a good record on your record player and listen while you wait.


Once the timer has gone off, pull the cookie sheet out of the oven. Keeping your oven mitts on, flip the record off the bowl and set it label side down. It will already have a pleasing ripple effect – but in order to make it truly awesome, you will want to manipulate the vinyl with your hands to make it look the way you’d like it to.

IMPORTANT: The vinyl will not stay hot and pliable for long, so you need to work fast! Bend and pull until the shape is pleasing.

NOTE: If the vinyl cools before you’re finished, just put the record back on top of the bowl, on to the cookie sheet and back in to the oven. Re-warm it again for 5 minutes and repeat.

While making my bowl, I re-warmed it about three different times to be sure it was just right.


Let the record cool completely. The bowl is now ready, if you’d like to stop here. I, however, suggest moving on to the optional steps and customize that bowl with some color!


I love the way the finished bowl looks, but I think painting even a solid color (or, something more creative if that’s your thing) on the inside of the bowl really makes it look special.

Place your bowl on a paint-proof surface. Choose a color, and prepare your paint dish. Then, using both the small and large brush, give the inside of the bowl a light coat of paint, being sure to get every surface. If you have small crevasses, you will need to use the small brush. Make sure to wipe away any paint that gets on the outside of the bowl quickly, before it dries.

This first coating of paint will not go on smoothly, so don’t try to make it look perfect. Acrylic paint sticks to itself when its wet, so you’ll need to allow this first coat to dry. Basically, you’re just priming the surface for the second layer that will come next. Just try to get as much surface covered as possible, then set the bowl aside for 20 minutes to dry completely.


Once the bowl has dried completely, you may start your second coat of paint. If you get the bowl completely covered (NOT PERFECTLY!) on the first coat, you will likely only need one more coat to make the bowl look great. Once it’s painted to your approval, set it aside to dry for another 20 minutes.


If you’re going to use the bowl for any type of food, you may want to seal it with an acrylic paint glaze. This step is completely optional, as a regular painted bowl will function just fine. But, if you expect to get a lot of wear out of the bowl, seal it with a plain acrylic varnish.