There’s something about the quality of sound from vinyl records that will keep their medium from permanently dying out. But if you’re a fan of records, you know how frustrating it is when you put on an album, only to hear it skip when it gets to your favorite song because of a miniscule scratch. Thankfully, nowadays we can always download the songs on iTunes to ease our frustration but we’re still left with the scratched, broken records. Instead of throwing them away, or out the window in anger, why not transform them into something useful? Here’s how to upcycle your broken records into cool bowls that make fun gifts.


  • Oven preheated to 200 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Record
  • Medium-sized, oven-safe bowl
  • Cookie sheet
  • Oven mitts


step 1

1. Choose a record that holds no monetary value. This means that it wouldn’t be best to steal Dad’s first pressing of the Beatles’ “White Album.” It’d be better to find an album that is scratched up and you no longer play. If you can’t find one at home, you can always head to the thrift store to pick one up.


step 2

2. Place the bowl upside down on the cookie sheet with the record balanced on top. Then, put it in the 200 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Be sure to have your stove fan on to ventilate any fumes.


step 3

3. After 8-10 minutes, using oven mitts, remove the cookie sheet, bowl and record from the oven.


step 4

4. Quickly shape the record to your liking. The record will harden fast, so if you don’t get it right the first time, put it back in the oven for 2-4 minutes to soften it back up. To make it easier, you can also insert the record inside the bowl to help you mold it.


step 5

5. Let your record bowl cool for a few minutes, decorate the label if you’d like, then fill it up with items of your choice, feeling good that you upcycled a broken record!



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