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Kitschy Record Serving Bowl (how to make one)

Updated on January 30, 2013
Copyright Ninah 2012
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What is Kitsch?

Lets take a nostaligic look at the good old days of crafting. Lowbrow craft items, that at one time may have been considered tacky have become chic, highly sought after and prized. Fashion and tastes always come back around to a new generation. When i think of Kitsch, i think about the overlooked lowbrow crafts of the 50s, 60s and 70s, but now Kitsch is chic, hot, trendy, fab and retro. Kitsch was a term once used to put down lowbrow art, but now it is used to refer to any decoration such as knickknacks, souvenirs etc

If you have any old records that you were planning on throwing away. Why not recycle them and create your very own kitsch, retro style, record serving bowl. This is very simple and makes a great centre piece for your table. If you have friends or guests coming round to your home, why not put snacks in the them, such as nuts or crisps. They have a very retro feel to them and are certainly a talking piece. These were popular with hostesses in the fifties and sixties. Be thrifty and pop down to your local thrift/ charity store and pick up a bargain price record, you can buy them for pence. (please don't end up melting a record that is worth a fortune or using your dads rare, golden oldie, only copy ever made, beatles Lp. It probably won't go down very well) So once you have selected a cheap record small or large size you are ready to transform it into a record serving bowl.

Materials you will need:

* A vinyl record

* Oven Mitts

* Oven safe bowls x 2

* Oven

* Adhesive backed plastic film

* Timer


1) Preheat the oven to 225 F

2) Turn over a bowl, so it is bottom up. Place the bowl on a cookie sheet. Lay the record on top of the bowl, making sure the record is centered.

3) Place the bowl with the record on in the oven. Stay close by and watch as the record heats up and begins to mold into the shape of the bowl ( This will only take a matter of seconds) You may want to help shape the bowl with your hands ( use the oven mitts to prevent burns)

4) Remove bowl and record from the oven. With covered hands, immediately remove record and place inside the second bowl. This will help to keep the shape of the bowl as it cools

5) When the bowl is cool, seal the inner label with adhesive backed plastic film to prevent lifting

6) You could even create your own label for the centre. Place it over the original label and laminate it

Have fun with your newly transformed record bowl and don't forget to use the oven mitts :-)

Why not try giving some other retro crafts ago such as Tie-Dye


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    • Ninasvoice profile image

      Ninasvoice 5 years ago from England

      Your welcome, great to meet you too. Good luck with making a record bowl, you'll have to let me know how it works out for you :-)

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Thank you, Nina! I appreciate the promptness and thoroughness in responding. Glad to be a neighbor of yours on this wonderful global village forum.

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      Ninasvoice 5 years ago from England

      Hi hawaiianodysseus, You don't actually need the adhesive backed plastic film, i have made loads and rarely used it. It depend on what you are putting in the bowl really. It just stops the label from lifting up and perserves it a while longer. If like me you are plannning on putting something like sweets (candy) in them. It is fine not to use it. :-)

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I saw some of these Kitsch record serving bowls just the other day while checking out this woman's yard sale. Now, thanks to your well-written reader-friendly Hub, I know how to make some of my own. The only thing that I wasn't sure about was the adhesive-backed plastic film. Maybe one of your other readers from America can drop a brand name in his or her comments so I can instantly identify with what that is. Thanks, Ninasvoice. Cool Hubs--so I'm following you!

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      GlstngRosePetals 5 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Awsome idea! Now i know exactly what to do with all the old christmas records, im even going to try some small knapkin holders with the old 45's i have. Thank you for the insperation and wonderful idea! Voted up!!

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      DREAM ON 5 years ago

      You have shared a wonderful idea.My old records I am taking out and getting a listening and then off to a new bowl.I am not very handy but this sounds so cool I have to try.Good bye old John Denver record hello my fancy new bowl for candy.Thanx again.It might take awhile I decided to listen to it again and again.

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      wadestar 5 years ago from uk-lincolnshire

      Great idea, cool record bowl voted up! Voted Awesome!

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      Ninasvoice 5 years ago from England

      You are welcome! Yes it is very easy and takes a matter of seconds to melt in the oven. Once you have done one it gets quite addictive :-)

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      Jessica 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Cool! I have always wondered how to make one of these! I have just inherited a rather large stash of old records and (after listening to them all) I think I'll give this a shot. It doesn't seem difficult at all! Thanks for sharing :)