Don’t you love the nostalgia of old vinyl records? There are still many of those old darlings in my possession, but sometimes they’re scratched. So I give them a second life as a piece of decoration (still very experimental at times, hee hee). Here’s my first attempt to create a round photo frame, and that’s how it works:
Let the record have its very last turn on your record player. Take a pen which is visible on black, and hold it onto your record approximately 2.5 inches from the border. You’ll get a perfect circle.
Now cut along the line with a jigsaw or scroll saw. It doesn’t matter where you start cutting, even if it severs the frame. You can hide the cut later on.
If the frame got a rough edge like mine did, sand it with a Dremel or simply a cutter knife.
The center part of the record can be turned into a heart – or any other shape you like.
I took old music sheets and tore them into strips. I inked the edges for a vintage look. Now you can add a strip of double-sided tape on the back …
… and fold the note strips around the frame and press them on the tape.
For the piano keys, paint a section of the inner record part white. I used a white pen, but I guess white spray would have looked more even. Let it dry and cut it into slightly wedge-shaped pieces. I made the black keys by eye measure.
Now arrange your decorative elements on your vinyl frame. When it looks good to you, attach them with hot glue. Print a photo you like, trim it to the size of your frame and tape it to the back. Attach a picture frame hanger – and you’re done!
You can use any embellishment you like, so you're not limited to this music-themed version. How about old book pages and chipboard letters as embellishments? Or something glittery for little girls? I'd really like to see what you come up with :)