Recycle Vinyl Records

I’ve seen some great projects out there using old vinyl  records to create bowls (melting them), clocks (just add a clock kit through the middle) and more. So it inspired me to find a new use for old vinyls I picked up at Goodwill.

I’m a big fan of chalkboard paint and I’ve heard from others than vinyl records make a good painting surface, so I decided to give it a go. I picked up some records at a thrift shop for only a quarter each, and then I wiped them clean and started painting. At first, I painted the entire surface, record label and all. But then I realized halfway through that the label actually adds a lot of personality, so I did some both ways. The results were great. It only took a couple coats of chalkboard paint, and it dried in no time. (Warning: don’t dry in the sun. The records will quickly heat up and warp or bend.)

I could see this being a fabulous project for teachers. You could easily and cheaply have mini chalkboards for all the students and then have them write down their answers to questions at their desk and then all show as a group. Here are my little test subjects, showing off the results.


Stacy is a gardener, birder, and naturalist, and the author of nearly 10 books, including The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book, The Secret Lives of Animals, Project Garden, and 101 Plants You Can't Kill.

1 Comment

  • Reply July 13, 2012


    Great idea!,

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