Record Sleeve Box & Record Bowl

Happy Craft Day! 
Today you get a two-for-one craft project!
The first part is how to make a box from a record sleeve! The second part tells you how to use the record from the sleeve to make a groovy bowl!
           Taken from an awesome book called Pad: The Guide to Ultra Living, this project on making a desktop LP box is really fun to make for yourself or as a gift! It’s perfect for a desk, vanity, bookshelf, what-have-you! 

 

Materials:
– 1 normal sized LP Jacket (can be found at pretty much any thrift store)
– 2″ Wide clear packing tape
– Clothespins
Tools:
– Pencil
– Scissors
– Ruler
– Glue

How To Make It:
1. Separate the front and the back of the album cover. Smooth the edges by covering with a 1/2 inch edge of clear packing tape, folding the tape over to the backside. 
2. On the back of the cover, draw four straight fold lines, 2 1/2 inches from each edge of the album cover.
3. Flip the piece over, and place a strip of tape over each of those same fold lines, by folding a bit over the back. This will prevent the cardboard from cracking when you crease it.
4. Cut four tabs from the corner fold lines.
5. Using a ruler as a guide, fold over all four fold lines including the tabs. 
6. Begin to fold the box together, and coat the outside of each tab with glue. Bring the box corners together, and clothespin in place until glue dries.
* Its not necessary to do so, but I like to add more clear packing tape around the corners to make sure it stays.
To make the Bottom Half:
Repeat steps 1 through 6, changing the measurements for the fold lines drawn from each edge. For a snug-fitting box, add 1/8 inch to the measurement (2 5/8″) and for a lose-fitting box, add 1/4 inch (2 3/4″). This is all to make a 7 1/2″ X 7 1/2″ Box.


NOW that you’ve used the record sleeve, time to use the record! Follow these steps and make yourself an awesome bowl that’s perfect for treats, jewelry or knick-knacks!

Materials
– Your record
– An oven-proof bowl slightly smaller than the record
– Oven Mitts!
– Cookie Sheet

How To Make It:

1. Heat the oven up to about 200 – 250 degrees Fahrenheit. (make sure that the rack is low with space over-head to fit in a large bowl)
2. Take your bowl and put it upside down on a cookie sheet,  and place the center of the record over the center circle on the bottom of the bowl. Put this in the oven.
3. Keep an eye on this until the record gets pretty floppy – this should take roughly 4-8 minutes. 
4. Carefully with your oven mitts on, remove everything from the oven. 
5. Immediately mold your bowl: you can do this by hand molding it in a funky wavy way, OR by putting the record in another bowl and molding around that. If it looks the way you want, right out of the oven, you’re good to go! Rest it upside down.
6. Let it cool off for about 10-15 minutes, flip over, and fill to your hearts content! Enjoy!

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