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Tiny Vinyl for Father’s Day

Jun16

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Father's Day Craft Vinyl Record

Here’s a small project for the audiophile dad – tiny vinyl records! We used shrinky dinks and paint to make this simple and fun craft for Father’s Day. I’ve supplied you with a printable template to get the dimensions just right. You could make this in your own style with personalized songs and album art as we’ve done here. Include it with a gift certificate to a record store or iTunes.

You’ll need shiny clear shrinky dink plastic, black acrylic paint and paintbrush, sharp scissors, fine grit sand paper, sticker paper, card stock,¬†a mini hole punch (1/8″), and a glue stick.

First, cut the shrink plastic according to the template, cutting a center hole by carefully inserting the scissors into the center to form an “x”, then cutting out the small circle (an adult should do this part). Next, paint the plastic with the black acrylic paint. To make the paint brushstrokes look like grooves on the record, have the kids pull the paintbrush around in circles. Allow this to dry completely, then bake the shrinking plastic according to the package instructions.

After the plastic is cooled, you may want to sand around the edges to make sure you have a nice smooth circle. Then cut out the templates (see link above) for the album cover (on card stock) and label (on sticker paper) and have the kids decorate them or write a message. Cut out the label, poke a hole in the center with the mini hole punch and adhere it to the record. Cut out the album cover and fold the outer flaps, apply glue and put it together.

Now you have a dollhouse-sized record! Now all you need is a miniature record player.

About the author

Ellen Luckett Baker

http://thelongthread.com/
Ellen Luckett Baker is the author of the long thread, a blog about handmade goods. She has always enjoyed making things, but the flexibility of staying at home with her two daughters along with the creative inspiration they provide has led her to craft on a daily basis. Combining her love of graphic design and sewing, she has created an Etsy shop selling machine embroidery designs and sewing patterns.

Ellen lives in Atlanta with her husband and two young daughters. She holds a B.A. in Art History and a Master's of Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Management.

Ellen recently wrote 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects her crafting book. She is crazy talented!


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2 Responses to “Tiny Vinyl for Father’s Day”

  1. Wow, I’m going to retweet this because it’s probably the best most creative idea I’ve seen all week. I wouldn’t even know where to start doing this though! Ha.

  2. Holly Jun 16 at 2:12 pm Reply Reply

    This is adorable! I have saved my family’s old Christmas records, maybe I will use this idea to make tiny records as ornaments for them, using scanned/reduced pictures of the album covers. And I had no idea you could paint on shrink plastic before baking it.

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