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5 Fun Recycling Projects for the Whole Family

Vinyl Records

If you're a child of the 1960s or '70s, then there's a good chance that you have a crate full of old vinyl records somewhere in your attic. If you want to keep your albums -- and actually use them -- then put that vinyl to good use in a crafty way your whole family will enjoy.

If you heat up a vinyl record in the oven on a cookie sheet at 150 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes, you can press it into the shape of a bowl by using another bowl as a guide. Make sure you use oven mitts and do it quickly -- the record hardens back up in about a minute. These bowls make great decorations, but don't plan on using them for food.

A hot record can also be cut into strips, re-heated, and made into bracelets. If you don't want to use the oven for shaping, simply paint the records in decorative colors and mount them on a board for some cool '70s-inspired art.