Creativity is a trait that I think most of my friends and I share – we’re imaginative about the way we view the world around us and when when it comes to personal interpretation of the world and manifesting it into something else, I’d like to think each of us gives in a uniquely talented way. When I was younger, I was into beading and bead work – and truth be told, I actually brought my tools to Los Angeles with me. I’ve picked up and put down crocheting a number of times, though my drawings can seem elementary to me at times the more I use my watercolor pencils and pastel sticks the more fun I seem to have with them. But there’s more to being creative than these very specific mediums; I’d like to think I’m creative when it comes to Interior Design, organization of my apartment and DIY projects.
Websites like Pinterest and Instructables are always giving me crazy, fun and uniue ideas for the apartment, gifts and hostessing. Some of the ideas are amazing – like freezing fruit in ice cubes for a stellar and healthy Summer drink pick me up; and some of them prove to be more difficult, like the Cinco De Mayo inspired striped rainbow Donkey shaped pinata cookies full of M&M Minis. Trust me, I tried and failed; and no, you can’t see the pictures.
When I moved to LA, my family gifted me with a great coffee table book called “Show Me How: 500 Things You Should Know“: it’s full fun and quirky things like how to roll sushi, dance the tango, heal your body with accupressure points and tons of easy to follow DIY ideas. So far, my ultimate favorite has been crafting old records into usable bowls. So, without further ado – let’s get to crafting!
Please note: No important records were hurt in this process.
- Vinyl Records from a second hand shop or hand-me-downs from a friend; if you can still play it and or enjoy it, you probably don’t want to melt it.
- An Oven
- 2 Bowls; one that can go into ovens: e.g. ceramic bowls, sauce pans for the stove
- A Cookie Sheet
- Oven Mitts
- Get your records on, or out rather.
- Heat the oven to 225°F (105°C)
- Wait for Ten minutes
- Arm yourself with those oven mitts and take out the cookie sheet
- Gently mold the newly malleable record to the shape of the bowl
- Wait for another Ten minutes
And, voilà – you now have your very own record bowls;if you can find a vintage record of a favorite tune, it becomes a great gift for family, friends and yourself.
PS. Having an assistant doesn’t hurt….but sometimes, it definitely doesn’t help…