Instead of tossing damaged 45s in the garbage or melting them into coasters, try making a new decoration for your home!
Step 1: Arrange records
Start with some CLEAN, used 45s that can no longer be played on a turntable, but shouldn't be thrown out. I used 10 for this wreath. I started by placing two next to each other, and one on top, continuing the repeat pattern until the circle was complete. I used E600 craft adhesive to glue the records together- I'd avoid hot glue, as these are pieces of vinyl!
Step 2: Layering
Continue staggering the records until you reach the size/shape of wreath you'd like.
Step 3: Drying time
Let the wreath sit for anywhere from 24-72 hours. The drying time will vary based on climate, weight, etc.
Step 4: Show it off
Apply decorations and seal. I used 45 inserts for some "color" and used Mod Podge, a craft-friendly sealant, over the entire wreath so that it could go outside.
HANG IT UP! I used fishing line to hang it up since it's strong, can go outside, and is invisible.