I’m freaking pumped about this project! It turned out just as I imagined and am so excited to share it with you. A few years ago, I bought a vintage record player before brands started putting out pretty record players like the iridescent Crosley at Urban Outfitters. It dawned on me that instead of buying a new one that I can cover mine!
- Silhouette cutting machine
- 12 x 24 cutting mat (or tape two 12×12 mats together)
- Vinyl – Cricut Iridescent Opal
- Sewing tape measure and ruler
- X-acto knife
First take A LOT of measurements. The full width and length including the sides of the record player. Measure any part that was raised including the distance from the edges to get it in the exact spot. I measured down to 1/16 inch to get it really precise.
To make the cover as seamless as possible, I used Adobe Illustrator to create a template for my Silhouette to cut out. Draw the template to scale and convert your fractions to decimals. This might have been the hardest part! HA
You will also notice I filled in the shapes, which helps when tracing in Silhouette studio.
I’m not super savvy in Illustrator so I made a bunch of guide lines at the right measurement to make sure the cut out sections sit exactly where they need to be. The white boxes in the corners fold to create the corners of the record player. The small white rectangles are for the logo plates.
The iridescent vinyl is not wide enough to cover the entire record player so I created two pieces. I put the seams on the sides of the record player and placed a line for the seam as guide for making the template in Silhouette.
Before exporting the template, hide the guidelines or they will mess up the template. Export the Illustrator file to a JPG and open it in Silhouette Studio.
Next I made a mock up of the cover using wrapping paper. I actually made a dozen or so of these so I wouldn’t waste any precious vinyl. When I was finally happy with the fit, I cut out the iridescent vinyl.
Before applying the vinyl, remove the cover or any screwed in places. I didn’t have parts to remove since our record player was missing it’s cover. Wipe it down with rubbing alcohol for a clean surface and let dry. Any tiny bits of dust or debri will show up under the vinyl.
Now for the tricky part. Carefully and slowly remove the backing from the vinyl. I tried to remove only sections of the backing and then applying it, but ended up ripping a corner and recutting the piece. Once you have your vinyl in hand, start by gently wiggling the vinyl under the turntable and into place. You have some flexibility for repositioning the vinyl if it’s not in the right spot, but it will start to take away the stickiness. Once you have the piece lined up, start to smooth out the vinyl with your fingers to the edges. You can gently smooth out bubbles. Once the top is good, smooth down from the edge as you fold over the sides almost creating a crease at the edge. The iridescent vinyl has a foil like property so it’s not as stretchy and malleable as traditional vinyl adhesive.
Once the first piece is done, apply the second one. You actually want the seams to overlap or else there will be a more noticeable seam, unless you are super awesome and the cut pieces line up perfectly.
I did have to keep smoothing the vinyl to get it to adhere and there are little places with bubbles that just won’t lay flat, but the iridescent is so reflective you barely notice. This was also my first try to hopefully you will have a better outcome with this guidance!
There you have it!!
Lastly to make the record player extra, I took the janky screw legs and added little disco balls. I took off the plastic hook on the disco balls and some of the mirrors to make room for the screw and then pushed the screw all the way through the disco ball and screwed the legs back on.
It sure does compliment the decor, don’t you think?! I really hope you enjoyed this DIY and apply the steps to more than a record player!