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Published on June 12th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

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How-to: Stencil on Vinyl Record Albums to Create a Custom Upcycled Sign

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vinyl record album upcycled using spray paint stencilsI have a gigantic vinyl record album collection.

Seriously, I have hundreds of records. I listen to them every day, everything from the Annie soundtrack to Led Zeppelin, and my little girls can handle a record player as easily as they can a cassette player (yep, we kick it REAL old-school around here), and easier than they can handle a CD player or my ipod.

One of the problems that you encounter when you scrounge and scavenge as many records as I do, however, is that most people don’t know how to store their old records, and so the majority of records I come across are scratched or warped or just plain pathetic.

This project takes five of those pathetic vinyl record albums and upcycles them using my Cricut, some cardstock, and spray paint, to turn them into an awesome stenciled music-worshiping sign for my living room and my craft fair booth. Follow along for the full tutorial:

cutting a stencil with my CricutTo stencil your own vinyl record album, start with vinyl that is clean and dry, and cut a stencil to fit it.

You can cut a stencil out of practically any material. If you want to re-use your stencil numerous times, you may want to purchase template plastic (hint: you can find it with the sewing supplies), but more eco-friendly options include recycling cardboard or using up stash cardstock. Contact paper isn’t particularly good for the environment, but it is sticky, so it makes a good stencil for vertical surfaces, or for stencils with islands that you just can’t do without. For this particular project, I’m giving some cardstock that’s already been drawn on another use before recycling it.

You’ll also be able to find sources for stencils almost everywhere. The internet has loads of free stencils to download, as do several more recently published books at the library, and die cutting machines often make great stencils. For this project, I’m using the stencil alphabet on the Dinosaur Tracks Cricut cartridge to cut out the letters that make MUSIC.

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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



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