Last month for our gym’s 4th annual trunk or treat and as Team Mom, I was in charge of helping all the parents come together with not only the idea for our trunk but also creating the trunk. We had lots of fun coming up with theme ideas, going with a 50s diner theme to go along with the decades theme of others. Once it got around to the props and decor, we really tried to find creative ways to create what we needed and keep everything budget friendly.
Since one of the dad’s was going to build an actual counter for our diner, I wanted to create personalized records for each of the team members to be used as decor for the counter.
Sure, I could just easily make something in seconds with a cricut but there’s one slight problem. I don’t have one! Plus, I love DIY projects. I love creating and making something, putting in all the work and seeing my vision come to life.
First, I needed records! I considered the original size records at first then realized that we might not have that much room. My mom then offered some smaller records that she had just laying around. Totally vintage records from my childhood. I loved the idea of using them for the kids!
Sticking with our team colors, I simply painted over the label with red paint. It did take several coats of paint to hide the black print of the label. I’m pretty sure I should have taken the time to remove the label but I didn’t so I just went with it. If you looked closely, you could still kinda make out what was on the label but it was ok. Plus I left the back as it was so the kids could see what the record really was. I think Abby got the Rubber Ducky song from Sesame Street!
Once dried, I took my white Sharpie paint pen and wrote each athlete’s name along with our team name. I also made a record for the coaches along with just a team one and one with the gym. Just so I had extras to cover the front of the counter.
The more I looked at the records the more I kept thinking they needs something, just a little something more to help them stand out. I had just the thing! My glitter ModPodge! A thin coat over the label area and ta-da, sparkles! It was just what they needed.
Are they perfect? No but I absolutely love how they turned out and the kids loved inthem so that’s what counted the most to me! It was quick and easy and cost almost nothing which was a huge plus. The records definitely looked awesome as decor for the counter and were perfect for our 50s diner.
*a little hint – as seen in the pictures, I obviously wasn’t perfect with staying in the label area. To remove the paint outside the label edge I simply dipped a q-tip in fingernail polish removed and gently ran it around the edge of the label. Be careful not to take any paint off the label area!