Blow the dust off your collection of old albums, choose some that you definitely don’t need anymore, and change them into gorgeous and unique wall hangings like mirrors, robe hangers and more! There are so many different ways to recycle those old albums that you can create an entire theme for a room in no time!
If you’re going for a retro theme records and albums work great to give you that look. If you’re not wanting to go retro, but you’d like to recycle some old albums, try changing the look of them with spray paint. When you paint them gold, silver or other colors you instantly create a background for a wall hanging of your choice.
Craft stores generally have a nice selection of small mirrors that will look much larger once you mount them to the albums. Choose frameless mirrors in shapes of circles, squares, diamonds and other designs. Hot glue works well to hold the mirror to the album. Just center it and allow the glue to set. Make small ones, and hang them as a wall grouping, or just make one large album mirror for a wall. Combine the mirrored albums with other things on a wall, like sconces or shelves with candles, to make other groupings.
Put a nail or screw through a large wooden bead, and through the center hole of the album or record, to instantly create a hanger for a robe, towel or other item. Make sure the bead is large enough to cover the hole and to hold the intended items. Use this arrangement to display taper candles sets, organize jewelry or to hang belts or ties. If you’re not concerned with the retro look, paint the album or record, then use peel-n-stick hangers.
Make unusual ceiling medallions when you first paint an album and a record. They can be the same color or different. Or, cover them in fabric or decorative paper instead. Set the album on a flat surface and use hot glue to attach several short, fat dowel pegs. Now glue the small record on to them making sure you center the record on the album. These “spacers” will help give the medallion more of a 3-d look. On top of the small record, attach a piece you’ve chosen from many options. It can be a glittered Styrofoam ball, with a sliver cut off so you can easily mount it, or even a wrought iron piece from a home improvement store. Mount the finished medallion with glue strips for heavier versions or double-sided tape for lightweight creations.
No longer do those records and albums have to sit alone in the basement without a hope for rescue. Now they can become beautiful décor pieces that people will notice as soon as they enter the room!