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Monday, October 28, 2013

October Craft Challenge–Upcycled Record Cover

October’s Craft Challenge was Upcycling, and I also had put “Upcycle something” on my list of 35 Things To Do this year. Honestly, I was hoping to take my old nightstand and paint it and make it beautiful, but I just never got around to it. So this project has a bit of a story.

Like any good procrastinator, I waited until yesterday to realize I did not have a post written for today, and not only that, the post I’d been planning on writing was to be about a craft I had not yet done. So now I had one day to come up with an idea of something to upcycle. I knew I could not do something involving a sewing machine (don’t have one), I didn’t have the time to paint something, and I wasn’t going to start pulling apart the wood pallet that has been waiting in my garage for months. I had to come up with something simple.

After searching Pinterest, I came across a project involving a record album. Which leads me to the next portion of my story! I have a friend from college who has an amazing memory for things that interest his friends. He collects all kinds of things, not only for himself, but also for his friends. So any time I would see him, he would hand over a pile of newspaper articles, paraphernalia, and anything you could imagine having to do with the topics he had in mind for me – the Muppets, Absolut Vodka ads, and Billy Joel being a few of those topics! At one point, he had given me a few Billy Joel record albums, which of course I can’t play because I don’t own a record player, so they just sit on my shelf. One of the albums was actually just a cover with no record inside. And in that lay my project.

Using the directions right here, I turned a record sleeve into a box. A Billy Joel box! I’m very excited about it! Since it’s not my project idea, this is not a tutorial, but here are the photos I took as I upcycled a record cover.

billy joel album cover
The album cover

cut apart
Front and back of the album, cut apart

folded
Measured and folded box bottom

glued
Box glued together

closed
Closed box

box
I lined the inside of the box with the liner notes! And this is my completed box.

Now I need to find a home for my awesome upcycled album cover box!


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Today I want to introduce a lovely lady named Dawn. She hosts the weekly Super Sunday Sync, which is a link up I love! She also hosts some awesome giveaways and loves to review products for herself and her 3 little girls – The Beanie Babies!

This month I asked my sponsors 3 travel related questions. Dawn says:

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Vienna, Austria

Where have you previously traveled that you loved and would return to? Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Mexico and various places in the US. I would love to return to Austria and Germany. They are so beautiful and rich with music history!

Do you have any upcoming travel plans? No :(

Go visit Dawn and tell her I sent you! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway we are hosting this month!

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12 comments:

Janine Huldie said...

First off, huge Billy Joel fan here, so seriously loved the album cover you choose. This is such an awesome and simple project that now I wish I had more of my older records. Thanks for sharing and truly came out perfect!! :)

Dara said...

I totally thought of you while making it since I know we both love Billy Joel!

Breenah said...

That'd be a great gift box!

Dara said...

yes, that is one of the ideas for usage! thanks!

tamarsb said...

love it!! I am a big Billy Joel fan!

Dara said...

me too! and by the way, the person who gave me the album cover is one of the people that we know mutually!

Steph said...

First of all I LOVE your honesty. Glad to see I'm not the only 'last min blogger' some days ;) Secondly, I love that box! It's always nice to turn a dust-collecting memory into a functional memory. ;)

Dara said...

haha, glad you liked the honesty in the post! and I love the box too, so happy I figured out a good craft to pull together at the last minute!

mail4rosey said...

What a fun idea, I like it!

Dara said...

thanks!

Rosie said...

What a fabulous idea. I can guarantee that my parents will not let me chop up their record covers to make them - but it gives me a great idea for going thrifting. Thanks for linking up again :)
Rosie x

Dara said...

definitely a good thing to thrift for!