Introduction: Make a Gold Record

Make a hit record and sell over 500,000 copies and you've gone gold. I don't play any music and will never make music that will drive music fans to the stores in droves, but I feel like I've done some cool stuff and why shouldn't I have a record for my own achievements? So screw that, I decided to just make one of my own.

With about $10 you can do it, too. Follow these steps and live the golden life.

Step 1: Paint It Black and Gold

You can get the supplies you need at any nearby thrift store. Grab any record and a frame big enough to show it off. Don't worry about any of the colors because with cans of black and gold spraypaint it will all look perfect in just a few minutes.

The record is easy enough to paint. Just use lights coats and keep the can moving. Use the same technique on the frame and you'll come out just fine.

The black spraypaint is used to turn the backing board from the frame into a nice backdrop for the record. If you have some black foamcore lying around, then that'll do great, too.

Step 2: Add a Spacer to the Record

Instead of sticking the record directly on to the black background, I decided to float it a bit. This was done by simply gluing some foamcore scraps to the back of the record and then gluing the combined piece to the background.

Step 3: Careful About the Placement

Take some time to see where the record should be before letting the glue dry. Move it around a bit, check it with a ruler, all of that.

Step 4: Make a Label

Every record needs a label, so make one of your own! I decided to make this gold record in honor of one my my favorite Instructables, theInverted Bookshelf. Since this is your own label, have some fun with it and make it whatever you want. Google "vinyl record label" to see lots of classic labels for inspiration.

Step 5: Make a Label for the Frame

In this label, you get to show off what the achievement is for. My Instructable has over 175,000 pageviews so I decided that 100,000 would be a good round number to be proud of.

Remember, this is your own achievement. It can be for whatever you want! Do you think some Gold Record Official is going to come after you? Pffft, whatever. Have some fun with it.

Step 6: Put It All Together

The record is in place and now the label on the bottom is also in place. This label was also floated with some spare foamcore, but once again it's all up to you.

Let it dry and hang it up!

Other things to commemorate with a gold record:
- birthdays
- graduations
- your first apartment
- getting lots of followers on Twitter
- waking up before 6 am
- making a killer lasagna

Thanks to drinkmorecoffee with help testing out the paint.


Keyzthecreator made it! (author)2016-01-25

What kinda paint did you use? I'm struggling to find the right gold.

LucDaRocka1 made it! (author)2012-12-18

Just made one as a gift for Christmas for my girlfriend!!!

fungus amungus made it! (author)fungus amungus2012-12-19


Rush_2112 made it! (author)2011-04-29

Can you still listen to the records? I do love my music!

darknessfalls made it! (author)2011-01-27

gotta gonna make one for when i graduate uni!

Arbitror made it! (author)2009-08-26

I think a golden saw blade would look awesome!

theburn7 made it! (author)theburn72010-02-15

u spelled awesome rong

Doctor Freeman made it! (author)Doctor Freeman2010-08-27

he spelled it awesome you spelled it awesome (unless your talking about the record)

naruto the ninja13 made it! (author)naruto the ninja132010-05-27

you spelled you and wrong wrong

Arbitror made it! (author)Arbitror2010-05-27

It's quite ironic, isn't it?

theburn7 made it! (author)theburn72010-08-18

I know, I was just being an ironic figure of a hypocrite

bumpus made it! (author)2009-04-17

This should be an award on instructables. Like, highest viewed, or highest rated instructable on the site. :D

PKM made it! (author)PKM2009-08-18

Interestingly the top 8 highest viewed Instructables on the site have literally gone gold with over 500,000 views, whilst How to kiss has the accomplishment of being (at time of going to... web) the only platinum Instructable with over a million views.

Arbitror made it! (author)Arbitror2010-05-27

I count 3 platinums now... But I guess it is a year later!

fungus amungus made it! (author)fungus amungus2009-04-17

That would be cool. The tricky part here is finding the right frame for cheap. I totally lucked out getting this one for $4, but it would be a bit of legwork getting more.

lukethebook333 made it! (author)lukethebook3332009-05-22

Maybe a patch or image instead of the real thing would be more cost effective.

minhocaloka made it! (author)2010-03-08

UUUUU, quite intresting=D i'll posto soon mine work=D tnx for the instructable=D

fender-electric-guitar made it! (author)2010-03-02

hi would you still be able to play the record?that way you can show it off and say its "gold"!!

Soupraok made it! (author)2009-11-07

How did you cut the label out so perfectly round?

fungus amungus made it! (author)fungus amungus2009-11-08

Just an X-acto blade. Might've used a circle as a guide, but can't remember.

Soupraok made it! (author)Soupraok2010-01-17

Thanks for the instructable,
Here are two I made for my buddy for Christmas.

Soupraok made it! (author)2009-11-25

This link, has a downloadable template

Sandisk1duo made it! (author)2009-09-06

Awesome! this will suffice for almost any occasion

guitarman63mm made it! (author)2009-05-17

Great idea for all those damned Michael McDonald records I have laying around...

Yerboogieman made it! (author)2009-04-24

Commemorate making an onion bagel with Butter.

Spl1nt3rC3ll made it! (author)2009-04-21

Wow, this is really cool!

Lithium Rain made it! (author)2009-04-20


GorillazMiko made it! (author)2009-04-19

Where to find 24k gold spray paint...

phant0m_sp00f3ra made it! (author)2009-04-17

woa sooo gonna do this for one of my friend band :D :D :D and i might put on a suit and pop up to to stage and give this to them from "the label" :D :D she's so gonna love this and Really really excellent work dude

Weissensteinburg made it! (author)2009-04-16

That's great! I think I might make one of these for a friend of mine.

explosivemaker made it! (author)2009-04-16

thats really neat....

gmjhowe made it! (author)2009-04-16

Haha nice! My friends did a similar thing when they sold 100 copies of their home recorded album!

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Bio: I like to make things for the internets. I also sell a pretty cool calendar at You'll like it.
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