Make a Gold Record

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

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.



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    32 Discussions


    3 years ago

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


    8 years ago on Introduction

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


    10 years ago on Introduction

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

    4 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

    fungus amungusbumpus

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    9 years ago on Introduction

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