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Wernau, Stuttgart, Germany
2009
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Scratched record? Turn it into something beautiful!

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:


Crafts

Instructions

  1. How to decorate a vinyl record. Vinyl Record  > Photo Frame - Step 1 1

    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.

  2. How to decorate a vinyl record. Vinyl Record  > Photo Frame - Step 2 2

    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.

  3. How to decorate a vinyl record. Vinyl Record  > Photo Frame - Step 3 3

    If the frame got a rough edge like mine did, sand it with a Dremel or simply a cutter knife.

  4. How to decorate a vinyl record. Vinyl Record  > Photo Frame - Step 4 4

    The center part of the record can be turned into a heart – or any other shape you like.

  5. How to decorate a vinyl record. Vinyl Record  > Photo Frame - Step 5 5

    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 …




  6. How to decorate a vinyl record. Vinyl Record  > Photo Frame - Step 6 6

    … and fold the note strips around the frame and press them on the tape.

  7. How to decorate a vinyl record. Vinyl Record  > Photo Frame - Step 7 7

    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.

  8. How to decorate a vinyl record. Vinyl Record  > Photo Frame - Step 8 8

    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 :)

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