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Woman turns old records into designer bowls

“Whenever I see these things on really nice interiors accounts, I’m always thinking about how I can make it for less."

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A woman has revealed a hack for recreating $60 designer bowls for less than $12 - by melting old records in her oven.

Frances Simmons, 39, noticed a trend on Pinterest and Instagram for wavy, scalloped bowls - but wasn't keen on the price tag in online stores.

So she decided to try a DIY version - using a $1 record from a charity shop, and $9 spray paint from a local store.

After setting her oven to the lowest setting, she popped in a Pyrex bowl upside down, and then placed the record on top, leaving it in for three minutes while it melted.

She then had a minute to bend the PVC into shape by hand before it set - and covered it in primer she already had at home , and spray paint.

Since uploading her clever hack to Instagram, it’s racked up 1.9 million views on the platform.

Admirers called it "utterly genius."

Frances, a content creator from Croydon, England, said: “Whenever I see these things on really nice interiors accounts, I’m always thinking about how I can make it for less.

“We don’t have loads of money and I’ve always had a bit of expensive taste – I can smell the most expensive thing in the shop.

“Everything on my account is all to do with getting that high-cost look for less.

“I’ve seen lots of scallops and ruffles recently that I’ve really liked and I saw this on an American account – I often look on Pinterest or Instagram accounts.

"I really liked the idea and thought it would work perfectly in our living room if I made it a bit more textured.

“I put my oven on the lowest temperature it would go – I’ve seen since if you put it up too high on the oven it can release fumes so I just kept it on the absolute lowest setting.

“Mine was in there for about three minutes before it was soft enough, I put it upside down on a Pyrex bowl so I knew it was soft enough when it started to droop at the sides.

“As I was moulding it into shape, I could feel it getting stiffer again – you don’t have long, maybe about a minute, to mould it into shape and then it’s completely solid again.

“I used a textured spray paint on the one I made and I used a BIN primer underneath – anything the primer sticks to, the paint will stick to the primer.

“The hole is still in the middle and I’m debating filling it with some filler.

“I’ve got it in the living room – I keep moving it around, I like it in lots of different spots and it hasn’t found it’s home yet I don’t think.”

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