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Don't Throw Old Records Out! Here Are 15 Ways To Recycle Vintage Vinyl.

JANUARY 7, 2015  —  By Emily Geraghty  
Emily Geraghty

Emily Geraghty

Emily Geraghty is a DIY writer and video specialist for ViralNova. Previous to ViralNova, she worked in digital content and video production for MTV, Allure, Glamour and LogoTV, as well as reality television development. In her free time she runs the fashion blog That Cheap Bitch.com, a blog about thrift store shopping and inexpensive beauty trends.

Vinyl records have long been considered "old media." There are a lot of reasons vinyl records moved out of the mainstream in the 90s, from the rise of the CD and digital recording to their easily damageable build. But despite the rise of CDs, MP3s, and digital streaming services, many people have kept their old records, or have even continued to collect them.

However, any record collector knows that damaged records are inevitable. Those who've kept their vinyl and have no way to listen to them tend to let the records collect dust in a storage unit or basement. Instead of letting them sit around, why not transform them into cool and useful items? Vinyl records are simple enough to melt and mold, thin for cutting, and lightweight, making them easy to DIY-ify. Check out 15 awesome ideas for upcycling old records below.

1. Cut around the vinyl part of the record and finish with Mod Podge to make drink coasters.

2. Make a hanging mobile to show off your favorite artist's singles.

3. This outdoor artwork is perfect for the music lover in your life.

4. Craft a personalized notebook using an old record and duct tape.

Get the whole tutorial here.

5. Make a fun side table with a vinyl record.

Read the instructions here.

6. You can pick up a clock mechanism for under $3 and make a clock out of a record.

Find out how here.

7. Make ethereal vinyl butterfly wall art.

See how it's done here.

8. Use the sleeves from record cases to make a cool banner.

Get the tutorial here.

9. Melt records together to make a unique magazine holder.

10. Create a unique handbag with old records.

Find out how here.

11. Melted records make a useful and cool wine holder.

12. Different sized records stacked together make a one-of-a-kind dessert stand.

Read the instructions here.

13. Putting vinyl in the oven produces cool bowls.

Get the step-by-step here.

14. Transform records into bookends with hot water.

Find out how here.

15. Make a bangle out of a melted record and an old bauble.

See how it's done here.

I have a lot of old records at home, and I definitely plan on trying out a few of these DIY projects. I'm thinking I'll try the vinyl side table first. Which one is your favorite?

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