vinyl record catchall cup, upcycling records, hipcycle


It seems that everyone these days is making bowls from old vinyl records. While I could certainly have done this and provided a tutorial, there are already a bajillion available online, and we all know I am all about putting a new spin on upcycyling projects.

With this in mind, I raided my cabinets for anything metal or glass I could find to use as a mold, and this is what I ended up with!


Protective gloves (the yellow vinyl gloves are great but I am allergic, so used my heavy-duty gardening gloves)


Very thin glass vase

Stock pot


45 rpm record (these are the small records)

Cork or foam

Tacky glue

  1. Don your fashionable protective gloves.
  2. Fill your stock pot with water and heat until it is rapidly boiling.
  3.  Picking up the record with tongs, carefully immerse it the stock pot, and let boil until the edges begin to curl. NOTE: This does not take very long!
  4. Moving as quickly as you can, center the record on the bottom of the (upside-down) vase and press the edges inward.
  5. Be prepared to have to return the record to the water multiple times until you get the knack of it. The first one I did was in and out of the water so much that the label came off!
  6. If there is only one part that isn't how you want it, you can hold that part in the water with the tongs so you don't lose the sections that you are happy with.
  7. Leave on the vase for at least a couple hours to allow it to set.
  8. Cut out the appropriate size shape from cork or foam for the bottom of the cup.
  9. Use tacky glue to attach the cork or foam to the bottom and let set overnight.

That's all! I couldn't believe how little time it took to make this cute little cup. It's destined for a place of honor by the front door to catch stray coins. What are you going to use yours for?



Leanna is Hipcycle Scholar at Hipcycle. In her spare time, she enjoys finding new uses for her garage sale finds, particularly anything to do with the written word. She would love to hear from you at¬†[email protected]!