Upcycled Vinyl Record Tiered Display – Flashback

I love thrifting at estate and garage sales because I am fascinated with finding ways of repurposing vintage treasures. I discovered that vintage records came in an interesting variety of sizes. I have one that is 16 inches across and several that are from the days when you could record your own sounds onto vinyl at home. When I found a small record with a small hole {usually the smaller, 45 rpm records had large center holes} I decided to use it for a home décor display.Record_tier2

I combined the vintage records with pieces of a tiered tidbit dish. I disassembled the stem and replaced the dishes with two sizes of records. This worked because the smaller record had a small hole. I haven’t found many of these but I always feel lucky when I find them.Record_detail2

 

These would make a great display for cupcakes or candies at a 50s themed party. The best part is that the older records are much thicker than modern ones so they can hold up nicely. Enjoy!

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About Lynda Kanase

Sizzix Senior Product Designer, Crafter, Maker, Stitcher, Scrapper, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Instructor, Anglophile, Dog lover and Mom trying to make the world prettier, one project at a time. Please join me on this creative adventure.

40 Responses

  1. Pam

    This is so cute! Love the idea and will now be searching for smaller records with smaller holes. (I have plenty of the others!!) Found you via Katherine’s Corner.

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  2. I am always up for a repurosed project and this one is groovy. My teen son has started collecting records (vinyl for the younger crowd) so I’ll have him share a couple so I can mke my own tiered plate. Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.

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  3. […] a vintage 45 rpm record with a small hole rather than the usual larger one, she created this retro Upcycled Vinyl Record Tiered Display. Such a clever and just plain fun project–a real blast from the […]

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  4. I love that tiered record thing you did! I hope to make one for myself someday except that I’m such a historian of records, that I have a hard time doing anything else with them except trying to restore them or simply listen and enjoy. Thrift shops in my area no longer carry records, unfortunately. Otherwise, I could pick up 2 or 3 terrible ones and make a tiered stand.

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      1. Hi Lynda, I’m not an authority on record monetary values because it’s an aspect I don’t pay too much attention to except the basics. I’m more into the the historical value and of course the music. That said, if the records are badly messed up (deep scratches everywhere, very little luster left, etc.) or if they are mass produced and not rare, then it is not of any significant monetary value.
        However, 16 inch records are somewhat rare no matter what they are, so I’d not use that one for anything other than it’s purpose even if it has no cover, if it’s in good shape. If it were me, I’d try to find a sleeve and cover for it, which may be a tall order since few were made.
        Now as far as historical value, not only is the 16 inch somewhat significant, but the home recorded ones are very valuable historically. In fact, I’d have them checked by a qualified museum or something. They were probably made in the early 40’s or maybe before. People serving in the Korean war used to get home recorded records once in a while from loved ones for example.

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      2. The home recordings don’t need to be from anyone famous to be of historical value. They can just be audio letters to someone serving somewhere far from home. Like I said, homemade recordings on vinyl are pretty rare.

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