Father’s Day is coming up, and it’s always fun to surprise dad with a one of a kind gift.  You can easily make this cool magazine (or mail!) holder with records from Goodwill!

I always see stacks of records at Goodwill.  I still have my record player, so I’m keeping my vinyl, but I wanted to find something to make with the records that were looking for a home.  This magazine holder would make a really unique gift for dad!  And if he doesn’t have magazines, he could stash his mail or other papers in it.

Wax Paper
Large Box
Piece of Wood

Step one:  Place one record on the box as pictured.  I used tape to hold it in place,

Step two:  Cover the record with wax paper.

Step three:  Set your iron to “high”.  Move back and forth across the crease until the vinyl softens and bends.

Repeat this process with the second record.

Step four:  Paint a piece of wood to use as the base.

Step five.  Arrange the records on the wood base.  Drill a hole through the records, then drill in a two screws to hold the records in place.

If you find that some of the wax paper has melted with the vinyl, it can be scrubbed off.  I used a magic eraser.

That’s it!  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this was to do.  No fancy tools required!  I can’t wait to experiment some more and see what else I can turn my Goodwill records in to.

Here are some of my other Goodwill finds that would make great father’s day gifts:

Find letters to use as photo props, like I did here.

Transfer an image to a wood trivet or plaque, like I did here and here.

Paint and embellish something like this for dad to store his mementos in.

What will you find at Goodwill today?

Disclosure:  I wrote this as an official Goodwill SA blogger.  All ideas, projects, and opinions are my own.


  1. No flippin way that’s how its done! AWESOME!!!! Im in Aww! Thank you for sharing on CSI Project “Thrift Store Turnaround”!