12 Ways to Reuse an Album Cover

There are so many cool ways to reuse an album cover, whether you want to cut it up or display it as-is.

There are so many cool ways to reuse an album cover, whether you want to cut it up or display it as-is.

So you’ve found a favorite project to upcycle that unplayable vinyl record. You still need ways to reuse that album cover, right? What should you do?

Why, you pick one of these projects, of course!

Cardboard Record Album Cover and Duct Tape Bookmark

1. bookmarkThere are couple of different ways to make a great bookmark from a cardboard record album cover. This method is the easiest.

2. boxThese square boxes make good gift boxes or storage boxes.

Record Album Cover Business Cards

3. business cardsAll of my business cards are made from cardboard record album covers!

4. Christmas tree ornamentCardboard record album covers are sturdy enough to serve as an ornament on your Christmas tree–you just have to cut out a graphic that you like!

5. collapsible dollhouseFriends, save yourself the grief of my life, in which my children have THREE giant dollhouses that they refuse to part with, and make your children this collapsible dollhouse instead. You will never regret saving all of that room.

6. embroidery floss spoolThis strong cardboard actually makes a great embroidery floss spool–way better than those thin plastic ones that you can buy!

fabric folded around cardboard record album covers (3 of 3)

7. fabric storageYou know how fabric stores have their fabric neatly wrapped around cardboard bases? You can do that, too!

Handmade Stationery

8. greeting cardUse the natural fold in the record album cover to automatically make the hinge for this greeting card.

9. hand-held fansThis would be a terrific project for a summer wedding or music-themed outdoor party.

10. pendants. The record album cover cardboard is super-sturdy, plenty strong enough to use for this kid-friendly cardboard pendant craft.

Cardboard Record Album Cover Crafts: Upcycled Folder from a Cardboard Record Album Cover

11. folder. Make yourself an upcycled folder from a cardboard record album cover and have the coolest school supplies on the planet!

12. display it. Some album covers are too cute to cut up, but record album frames can be really expensive. If you have some L-shaped wood molding left from another project, you can use that to display your record album covers on the cheap.

Written by Julie Finn

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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