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03.04.2002

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by Diana Goodman
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At garage sales. At Goodwill. In bins at the back of the used CD store. Vinyl. So much vinyl. It's cheap, it's retro...but anything of quality has been snapped up or kept from sale, and you don't even have a turntable any more. What to do...?

There are plenty of craft projects you can do with an album (melting it into a bowl is pretty cool), but the covers are the more interesting part. They're colorful, distinctive, made of tough paperboard and in a standard size which makes them perfect for decorating. Why not take your old album covers and turn them into a new holder for your current music format -- CDs?

(Disclaimer: Being an admirer of vinyl and all that it stands for, I strongly urge you to only use the lowest-quality bargain bin albums for post-modern decorating. The world is positively brimming with public-domain music compilations ("Those Were the Days: Hits of the '20s") and classical albums ("Baltimore Philharmonic plays Famous Italian Arias") with little real value. Plus, these albums have some of the most original (or cheesily) designed covers, making them perfect for tampering with. If you trash a copy of "Abbey Road," I'm coming to your house. And I won't bring party favors.)

Album CD box
You will need ...

4 album covers
ruler
pencil
glue
Exacto knife
5 yards of craft lace (aka gimp or lanyard). You can use ribbon, yarn or something similar for a different look.
150 grommets (either eyelet or 1/4 inch size)
Grommet anvil & hammer and/or pliers
optional: clear contact paper

 

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