If You Can't Play It, Display It: Crafting with Old Records

This week's cover story, Playing for Keeps, looks at the resurgence of the vinyl record. Over on sister blog Rocks Off, we taught you how to care for and clean that awesome vinyl collection you're building. But not all thrift store vinyl can be saved. Especially in Houston, some collections you find at estate sales or flea markets have been relegated to attics, basements and hall closets, and either the records or their covers are so badly worn that they're beyond repair. But that's where your crafty side can come in. One of the coolest things about vinyl is the visual factor -- vinyl records are what made album covers into something akin to an art form, after all.

Note that we'd never cut up or melt down a record that was still playable. But when all other recovery measures fail, why not turn your 99-cent Goodwill find into something worthy of display. We've collected some ideas and how-tos below.

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