Upcycled Crafts: Melted Records

June 21, 2013 at 3:41 pm 2 comments

Hello everyone! Here at Recycled Reads, we can’t believe another summer is upon us already. It brings back memories of former summers, like the one a couple years back where temperatures reached 111 degrees for days in a row here in Austin! In that particular summer, we decided to see if it was hot enough to melt a record outside, thus our melted record bowls and pamphelet holders were born. It turns out it doesn’t even have to be 111 degrees to melt a record, any good old Texas summertime heat will suffice!

Supplies needed:

Scratched records

Sunny place on the sidewalk


For this upcycled craft, all you have to do is find a sunny spot on the sidewalk or pavement and lay out your record there for about 20 – 30 minutes. Check on it periodically and test to see how pliable it is, and then feel free to start sculpting away!

Melted Records 3

Melted Records 4

To further enhance the heating process for records, one of our dedicated upcyclers and staff members, Paul, built a sun reflector from old CDs, PVC pipe, and telephone wires. You can see the records placed in front of it are already undergoing the sculpting process.

Melted Records 1

Here’s how the CDs are attached to the back:

Melted Records 2

Have you had any crafting experience with these upcycled materials? Please share in the comments!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. beadingbyjenn  |  June 22, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Wow!! I live in Houston,so I know all about the tx heat. But I never knew it was hot enough to melt a record. And I love that in your supply list you added “scratched records” ,as we should preserve the good albums since most ppl these days don’t even know what one is ! Thanks for sharing your technique !!!

    • 2. recycreads  |  June 23, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      You’re welcome! Yes, we like to remind people that all the materials we use for our crafts are damaged and might otherwise end up in the landfill. We’re giving these records a second chance at life! 🙂


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