There are all sorts of things you can make from an old record or album but who wants to heat ovens, line pans, melt the albums and create such a mess? Recycle records and albums in a much easier way by using them as wall hangings. It takes very little time and effort to create stunning wall planters and flower arrangements when you use vinyl records as backgrounds for the pieces.
An album is a retro piece if you hang it as-is, but if you cover it with decorative paper or cloth, it becomes an unusual medallion. The albums, used as backgrounds for other pieces, create large, noticeable décor anyone would be proud to display. Decorate the albums and records as you want, using paint, paper or cloth, then decide on how you want the wall planters to look.
Make one planter by mounting an ordinary Styrofoam or plastic cup to the album. Cut the cup in half, starting at the top edge, going down the side and across the bottom, then back up to the opposite edge. Hot glue works well to attach the half-cup to the album medallion. Although you can display the cups as-is, holding a selection of flowers and/or plants, they look much more impressive if you cover them in Spanish moss before creating the floral arrangement.
Make something similar by gluing on half of a cardboard box. The box can be covered in Spanish moss as well or can simply be wrapped with decorative paper or cloth. This can match that of the album or can be a coordinating shade or print.
Styrofoam shapes also give you many options for creating unique wall planters from albums. Purchase a thick, rectangular shape or even use a half-ball. Attach the Styrofoam piece to the center of the record album and decorate it as you will. Besides Spanish moss Styrofoam can be glittered, covered with satin ribbons or wrapped in fabric.
The unusual album planters grab attention. Most people have never seen any wall arrangements like them. Make sets by creating an album planter and a couple “45’s”. Hang these as a grouping or create your own arrangement. They’re fun, easy and a great way to recycle those old vinyl records and albums!