This week, I was searching through Pinterest for a fun craft to do (Find US on Pinterest here), and I wanted to do something that has to do with music, so I decided on these LP bookends! (Find the article I got the idea from here).
The best thing about this project is that is cost me $0.87 to make! That’s right: 87 CENTS–with tax! You really can’t beat that for a cute bookend that looks great on a shelf.
Here’s what you need:
An old vinyl record (I got an oldies Waltz record at Goodwill for 50 cents)
1 piece of felt (29 cents at Michaels)
Glue (which you probably already have)
Rubber gloves (I managed without these just fine)
A spatula or something to flatten the record that is heat resistant
Start with a record of your choice.
*Note to FreeCCM readers: If you were lucky enough to get the latest Shane & Shane record on vinyl, don’t use it for this project. Save it for your own listening 🙂 You will be glad you did.*
Boil enough water to fill your sink up about half way to the spot where the paper label begins on the record.
Pour the boiling water into the sink. *This is important* I tried it at first with less than boiling water, and the LP would not bend. As soon as I got scalding hot, boiling water, the process was almost instantaneous!
Dip the LP into the boiling water. As the disc goes soft, begin to press the bottom against the sink until it curves at a 90 degree angle. Make sure the label is facing the direction you want.
Use a spatula or utensil to flatten the LP against the bottom of the sink.
As soon as you take the disc out of the water, it will begin to dry. I was having no luck pulling it out of the water because it would wrinkle before I could flatten it, so I came up with a trick!
DRAIN the sink of the water while you keep the bottom of the disc flat against the sink. The disc will dry in the shape you have formed!
If the bookend isn’t exactly like you want it, just fill the sink with boiling water again, and you can start over!
Finally, cut a piece of felt to fit on the bottom of the LP and glue it there to keep the bookend from scratching the bookshelf or table where you keep it!
Voila! Musical, practical craft! For less than a dollar!