Vinyl Record Bowls

So I saw these cool bowls for sale at a farmer's market a few years ago and wondered how they did that. A quick google search and I found plenty of tutorials on how to make these funky bowls using old records. I used a tutorial from Homemade Mamas. I really like their blog because most of the projects use things found around the house. Check out the tutorial I used HERE... I slightly adapted their instructions below.

Start with:
1 vinyl record (you can buy them way cheap at second hand stores)
2 oven safe bowls (one slightly larger than the first)
1 cookie sheet
A hot pad for handling

Set it up so it looks like the picture above. Place the smaller bowl (9 inch) upside down on the cookie sheet. Put the record on top of that. Place this in a 225 degree oven for about 10 minutes. They advise opening a window because of fumes. I didn't notice any fumes when I did it but err on the side of caution and open a window.

Place your other larger bowl on the table. You will use it later.

When the record comes out of the oven, it should look like this.

Working quickly and using an oven mit, grab the record and place it over the top of the larger bowl. Press it down into the bowl and work with it until it makes the shape you want.

Mine looked like this. The first time I made one, it took me a few tries of putting it back in the oven to warm it up and shape it again. If you get the record warm enough, you can quickly put it in the bowl and shape it the way you want the first time. If it's not warm and pliable enough, it will be harder.

At first, I didn't think these bowls really fit my style but after making them myself, I really like them. You can paint them, store your jewelry or knick knacks, plant little flowers, or hang them on your wall for a funky decoration. On Etsy they sell them painted for over 50$! I am glad I got mine for practically free. :)


  1. I love those! I am going to have to try and paint some! What a great idea!

  2. Those are very cute, I like the jewelry holder idea...