My DJ friend Chad creates free compilation music mixes for anyone who asks. Being the lucky recipient of many said mixes, I wanted to make Chad something to thank him for the tunes. Chad collects bird-related art and of course loves music so I thought that birds from vintage linen calendars framed by old 45 vinyl records would fit quite nicely.
I was inspired by Emily Moe who used an LP record frame to frame her face embroidery, cutting out the center label using an Xacto knife (via Craft:). Initially I planned to do the same thing but then decided that I liked seeing the artists and song titles so kept them in.
Chad hung up the art in his sunroom above his record player and vinyl collection. “The spot is so perfect. I display my banjo and guitar in there, play records and practice… it’s just like a chill forest-y music lounge.”
Supplies for making 45 vinyl records as frames for wall art:
- Vintage linen calendar (or other art/photos that you choose to frame)
- Vintage 45 vinyl records (you could also use LP size like Emily did)
- 1/8″ yard of blackout drapery lining
- Small wooden embroidery hoop (mine was 4″)
- Good fabric scissors
- Dritz Air Soluble Marking Pen-Pink
- Good iron like Rowenta and ironing board
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Tissue paper
Find vintage linens or other art that you’d like to frame. Here are some vintage linens for sale right now on ebay:
I got three 45 vinyl records at a local thrift store but here are some for sale right now on ebay:
Lay your records on top of the linen calendar to plan out your cutting. I ended up choosing two birds and the bunch of cherries on the far right.
You may be wondering, why an embroidery hoop – it seems like an extra step. However, I wanted the records to be elevated away from the wall a bit and the hoop also makes it super easy to hang the art on a tiny nail or hook.
Cut a square of tissue paper slightly larger than the embroidery hoop. At the same time, cut the same-size squares out of your drapery lining and set it to the side.
Place a tissue paper square on top of the linen to crop out what you’d like to have in the frame. Be sure it lines up with the hole in the record.
Using an erasable pen, trace around the tissue paper.
Layer your linen calendar square on top of the drapery lining square.
Open the embroidery hoop. Place the square stack on top of the bottom hoop and pull the top hoop down, then tighten the screw – be sure it’s tight!
This is what it should look like from the front:
Trim the fabric and lining from the back of the hoop.
Glue gun the embroidery hoop to the record. Hold until firm. I put a stack of books on mine for a couple hours. Hang on a small nail or hook.
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