Wednesday, March 31, 2010

For the record...I think this project is cool!!

I can't believe Easter is almost here!!! Didn't we just have Christmas? It wasn't till Debbie posted about her EGGcellent ideas that I realized Easter is this week and I have nothing prepared. We haven't even bought the dozens of eggs for dying which always ends up with Mommy (that's me) having her own 2 dozen eggs to dye because the kids insist on dipping their eggs in every single dye cup resulting in a grayish brown color. (I do have to say I enjoy the smell of vinegar.)

And I'm pretty sure the Easter Bunny is totally unprepared.  I almost had my kids convinced today that the Easter Bunny wouldn't be coming because I'm allergic to rabbits, but then I was instructed to take my "sneezing pill" (Zyrtec) by my 3 yr old.

I originally had this idea to post today, but when I realized Easter was coming I found some ribbon and some Easter grass...and I turned it into an Easter project.  I think this project is unique and's a bowl make from an old record.

 Don't you love it? And it's SUPER easy.  

All you need is:
an old vinyl record
an empty aluminum can
cookie sheet
hot pad (mitts are easiest)
For Easter Basket: 1 yard of 2 inch wired ribbon and easter grass.

I bought my records at an antique store and they were $1 each. I'm sure you can find some at the thrift stores for even cheaper.

Set your oven to 200 degrees. And place your record on top of the can on top of the cookie sheet. And place in the oven for 4-5 minutes.

In the picture I have placed a small oven safe bowl on top of the can and the record on top, but subsequently I have done it with just the record on the can and it works just as well and is easier.

You will notice that at about 4 minutes the record will start to droop and melt. Wait till the record has melted so the sides are completely droopy.

Take your pan out of the oven and with a hot pad or oven mitts, take the bowl off the can and shape it to your liking.  It cools quickly, so work fast. However, if you mess up, just put it back in the oven for a few more minutes.

Or if you don't want to free form it yourself, you can put it in a wide bowl to guide you.

Now you can fill it with fruit, or candy or jewelry (like my daughter did).

Or you can turn it into an easter basket by taking 2 inch ribbon with wire inside and with ends together poke it through the hole in the middle of the record at the bottom of the bowl and knot it.

The ribbon then wraps around the bowl and becomes the handle. Fill it with grass and candy and presents.

It took me longer to look for our plastic eggs to put in the bowl than it did to make the Easter Basket. I never did find those eggs. What you see in there is a raw egg and some random things I found around the house. I wasn't kidding when I said I wasn't prepared for Easter...I mean...I still have Halloween candy in my house. Nothing says Easter like a gummy eyeball.


  1. Noreen that is so cool! You go girl.

  2. Wow... maybe they would be fun centerpieces with bread in them and then auction them off? I"m just sayin! They are so cute!

  3. Jennifer you are so nice. & Alli you are brilliant. I'm totally doing that!

  4. Noreen, I'm lovin' this blog. This record idea is amazing. I'm not the craftiest of people but I love how this blog outlines things in such a way that even I can do it. Thanks!