With Halloween officially over and the holidays in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about giving the perfect gifts, making our homes more cozy for guests, and creating the perfect holiday atmosphere. Today’s DIY checks off a few of those boxes with this Recycled Vinyl Record Incense Holder.
As the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler, I love the calm ambiance of incense. The scent that comes from incense often lingers longer than candles, is more safe to light and forget about (since it burns out in 45 minutes), and adds a comfortable, hygge touch to your decor with unique trays and holders.
Today, we’re going to make one (or four) from scratch out of an old vinyl record.
Years ago, I loved creating awesome vinyl record jewelry and selling them at farmers markets. I loved the unique tracks and grain that remain visible on an old vinyl even after it has been recycled it into something else. Today, I get to stay in and show you guys how to make your own projects on this little blog.
You can pick up a vinyl record from almost any thrift store for about $1.00
Note: The coolest part of this project is that once you have a record, you can easily make 4 incense holders. One for you, one as a hostess gift, and you still have 2 left over to give to friends. It’s not often you find a good DIY that only costs a quarter each to complete…..
Other Tools To Make A Vinyl Incense Holder:
As far as other tools, you are going to need to gather some heavy duty scissors a cookie sheet, a small drill, a bowl, a ruler and pencil, and some fine sandpaper. I have been using these scissors for years and totally recommend them.
First, turn your oven on and set it to 200 degrees.
If you try to cut your vinyl while it’s room temperature, it will likely crack and break. You won’t get the crisp, clean lines or have any control in molding it into shapes unless you heat it up a little.
While the oven is heating, use a ruler and pencil to draw a 1 1/2″ wide rectangle across one side of your record. You should have space to do this four times all the way around your circle. The lines will be faint, but totally visible and will virtually disappear once they are cut.
Place the record on your cookie sheet and pop it in the oven for 3-4 minutes or until it becomes pliable. Different records have different thickness so you may need to leave it in a minute or two longer. When you take it out, your record will be hot, but still able to be handled with your hands. Work quickly to cut out the lines you drew since the vinyl will re-harden after only about 15-20 seconds. If it does harden and become difficult to cut again, put it back in the oven until it becomes pliable again.
After your rectangle is cut out, shape it into an incense holder by propping one end up on a kitchen bowl. Again, it should harden and cool in about 15 seconds so work quick!
Chances are, there will probably be some sharp edges on the sides and corners of your incense holder from all that quick-cutting. Use fine sandpaper to gently smooth out any pointed corners and give the edges a quick, finished look.
Your incense holder is almost done!
The final step is to drill a small hole into the top to fit an incense stick.
Light up your incense and enjoy a more calming, zen-like space!
Once you get the hang of working with vinyl, you’ll likely start making all kinds of things. Next week, I’ll be sharing how to make an awesome vinyl record lariat necklace but for now, you can see my entire DIY Accessory Page Here or my DIY Home Page Here.
As always, thank you SO much for reading and creating projects with me! If you have any questions, shoot me a comment below and I would love to help you out.
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