For .25¢ (at my thrift store all albums are .25$, even the ones with two records in them).
If you are as old as I am, you know that leaving a record out in the sun makes it warp. Well, take that knowledge one step further and you can make really funky, artsy, hip gifts for friends and family. These are fabulous for treat bowls, New Years party decor, catch-alls for your teen's rooms, etc.
Here's what to do:
1. Go to your local thrift store and pick up some old records. WARNING: If, by luck, you happen to find one labeled Blue Note, do not melt it.
2. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
3. You have a couple options now, for more artsy, funky shapes, take a small salad bowl (all bowls need to be over proof), place it upside down on a cookie sheet. Then, put the record over it, put it in the oven and wait for it to melt. When you take it out, the record will be pliable and you can play with the design a bit. However, if you want a more uniform, perfectly round bowl, take a large salad bowl and keeping it right side up, place a record over it. Put this in the oven with the smaller salad bowl. Wait for it to get hot. Take them out and before they cool, push the record down into the large bowl with the smaller bowl. Wait for them to cool before handeling..... not just so you don't burn yourself, but because the record will reshape as long as it is hot.
4. Decorate the label as desired. If my records had really cool labels, I would have left them. But, at .25¢ a piece, you can't expect great design. So, I used our Get Happy papers and stickers to make fun little lables.