20.5.11

Record Album Cover Box Tutorial

make a box with record albums
Retro-y box next to my retro-y papasan chair


This idea popped into my head the other night when I was wandering around the apartment wondering what to do with myself. There are tons of different crafts you can do with records and record covers, but the only boxes I've seen are smaller ones made from one cover. I picture this big box as a catch-all, maybe for all the clutter in the living room that I have to hide before company comes over (you all know what I'm talking about). It could be a great conversation piece too, especially if you use really cool albums. Each cover I picked has a blonde on it, so I've dubbed it the Blonde Bombshell Box.

make a box with record albums

Supplies:
5 record album covers
a drill
bulldog clips
hemp cord (not shown)
scissors (not shown)
(shown but not needed are jute cord, a tape measure and a pencil)

I picked out the four blonde ladies for the sides of the box, and one not-so-exciting one for the bottom (that would be The Seductive Sax of Boots Randolph - his sax might be seductive, but his album cover sure ain't). Then I used the bulldog clips to hold them tightly together and keep them from slipping while I drilled holes along each side.

make a box with record albums

On my first attempt I drilled just two holes on each side and constructed the box using a piece of jute cord tied through each set of holes. This was really flimsy though, so I took it apart and drilled more holes (eleven total, but the number doesn't really matter as long as it's the same on each side). I also realized that I didn't need to measure and mark each place to drill.

make a box with record albums

I switched to hemp because it's neater and so much easier to work with than jute. I also realized that I could lace the hemp cord along each corner, just like tying my sneakers! Not only was this a lot less fiddly than tying a bunch of knots, but it makes the box sturdier, and means that it doesn't really matter if the holes line up exactly. Plus, you get those cool looking X's. See how the on the top two holes the string just goes straight across though? If you don't like that look, you need to drill an even number of holes.

make a box with record albums

Here's a shot of the inside. See how in the lower left corner the bottom piece sticks out a little bit? That's totally fine, because I was trying to position the sides so that they rested on top of the bottom part. It's not an exact science, mind you, but it worked out ok in the end. Who says it all has to be exactly 90 degrees anyway?

make a box with record albums

Voila and ta-da! The finished product! Notice the decorative edge along the top? That was actually a happy accident. I guess I got a little carried away, because I ended up drilling along all four sides, when I only needed to do three to make the box. Oops! Doesn't this look like it was planned though?


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42 comments:

  1. Excellent tutorial!

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  2. Right up my daughters' alley. Shared it, as soon as I could!

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  3. Thanks so much guys! Glad you liked it! :)

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  4. Love this one!! Very unique use of covers!! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Coming across your blog is the greatest thing for me this morning! My husband collects record albums so we wind up with extras or some he decides not to use. Now I can use the extras and make them special. Thanks loads.

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  6. Hi, Leah! This is such a cool project, love it to bits! You chose such hilarious albums, they're perfect. Great tutorial with great photos - sooo appreciated! I so need to try this.

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  7. This is great! I would love if you linked this up to my Make it for less party! It goes on every Monday at www.Simplycadence.blogspot.com

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  8. Wow! I'm thrilled that so many people are enjoying this! Thanks! :D

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  9. Love this! Such a great idea!!

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  10. Anonymous24.5.11

    Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! My brother is getting married and he and his fiancé are moving into thier first place together. They are album collectors and this would be a terrific housewarming gift for them! I would love to find some kids albums to do a few for my kids rooms! Thanks!

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  11. OMG, kid's toys! That'd be a great use for this. :)

    If you guys do end up making one, I'd love to see pictures!

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  12. Love this!!!
    Thank you
    :)

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  13. This is cool. I don't know if I am ready to sacrifice my college days vinyl, but certainly I could handle some goodwill finds.

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  14. This is a suuuper great idea. I work at a used bookstore that buys old albums from people, and often there are some where the record is unplayable, but the cover art is too good to just throw away! I'm glad to have found something new to do with them; thanks!

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  15. Thanks for the comments guys! Always nice to know there's someone out there reading. lol

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  16. loved this tutorial more please awesome job!

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  17. Anonymous20.6.11

    Are there still records in them, or did you take them out?!

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  18. I took the records out, but considered leaving them in to make it a bit sturdier. :)

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  19. Anonymous20.6.11

    Yeah I was thinking it would be sturdier with them in, but figured it would be easier to take them out. How sturdy is it? The picture looks like it would move around a little bit, but not much.

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  20. The tighter you lace the corners, the sturdier it is. The covers here are tight together, and they don't move at all. The cardboard is kind of thin though, so leaving the records in would fix that.

    Sorry about the late reply, you caught me just before bed last night. :)

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  21. Anonymous21.6.11

    Not a problem, I was just curious! I'm looking for low cost storage solutions, and there are tons of old records at the second hand stores! I just tend to have a lot of junk and need something sturdy to hold it all :)

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  22. Having a bunch of these together would be cool! I'm planning on making more eventually. :P Let me know how it works out, if you want.

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  23. Anonymous22.6.11

    It would even be cool to make a lid for it, just connecting one side of the top to one of the sides, so it opens like a hinge! Then you could really hide junk!

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  24. Anonymous22.6.11

    How exactly did you drill your holes. Did you prop the covers up somehow and drill right through them?

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  25. I love this! I ran across it on Craft Gossip...you had such a genius idea! I wonder if leather cord/lacing would work as well? Thanks for sharing!

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  26. what a cool idea! thanks for sharing this!
    mickymunchkin

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  27. Anon - Ooh, there ya go! I like that idea.

    LP - Thanks so much! And I'm sure almost any kind of string would work. Leather might be a bit more fancy too. lol

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  28. Anon - It was a combination of drilling with the covers laid flat on an old piece of board and holding them up. It didn't seem to want to poke through the last one or two covers without me holding them up. The drill I was using only came with one type of drill bit, so I don't know if there would be a better type to drill through cardboard, or if it's just that I was drilling through cardboard.

    mickymunchkin - Thanks! Love your name. :P

    Blogger is doing weird things with my comments...some are coming through to my email, others aren't...silly Blogger.

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  29. What a great idea,
    thanks for sharing!

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  32. Such a cute idea!

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  33. this would make a cool lampshade too i'm thinking- just use four covers instead of five. you'd prolly need to use some kind of brackets on the inside corners for stability.......well, ok, i haven't thought out all the details but i still think it would be cool ;p

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  34. Wow, that's an awesome idea! Let me know if you figure out how to mount it on the lamp! :P

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  35. thanks for that.
    I got inspired and made this: http://www.naama-ym.com/theblog/?p=2220.
    but i used hole puncher instead of drill.

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    1. Wow! Yours look so polished and professional! And I just LOVE the narrow one! Thanks so much for sharing.

      Funny story: I didn't have a hole punch at the time I made this! Hence the possible overkill with the drill. lol

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  36. You could put some cardboard inside the covers instead of leaving the records in, use the records for another craft project!

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    1. Thanks for commenting with that awesome idea!

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  37. Very cool! I think I'll have to try this!

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  38. Anonymous27.9.13

    looks cool. does it still fit records in?

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