45 Record Wreath

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Introduction: 45 Record Wreath

About: I'm one of the original members of Handmade Detroit, that crafty group that brings you the Detroit Urban Craft Fair and Sunday Crafternoon.

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.

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    4 Discussions

    Mod Podge is just a brand name of decoupage medium. You can buy another brand - Aleene's - that gives you a choice of whether you want a glossy or flat finish. The flat finish might be more to your liking.

    If you're just trying to seal it so you can hang it outside; it would be even easier (and more waterproof) to just use a spray can of Krylon indoor-outdoor clear finish--which is also available in matte (flat) finish or glossy.

    I like the way it looks at the end of step 3...step 4 makes them look like theyre covered in crap. The Mod Podge is too visible for my liking.

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    ...step 4 maks them look like theyre covered in crap. Ouch! I don't know if you've worked with Mod Podge before, but it's kind of like Elmer's glue- it goes on thick and dries perfectly clear with a shine... Step 4 was showing the wreath drying with the last coat of the sealant on.

    I meant crap as in..gunk Maybe it's just the flash, but it looks like that in the last step too.