We're suckers for creative and inspiring product design. Designing packaging and products looks like it would be so easy and simply, but the thought and creative juices that go into it are hard to come by. However, even if we can't initially think of it, we can certainly be inspired by it.
We saw this Cardboard Record Sleeve and Play In One from GGRP and we were pretty inspired. We thought that this could turn into a DIY. Obviously with a little know-how anything can be accomplished. It's certainly not going to be the same as purchasing a record player from a store, but, who cares.
You would need corrugated cardboard, a record player needle, the inside of a snap button (to hold record in place) and a record. We're thinking the hardest part would be finding the right needle and applying it securely to ensure it will actually play correctly. We're sure through a little trial and error, it'll be a success.
This could be used for so many great projects and we're actually thinking about heading to the store to get the materials together to make one ourselves. Also, the fact that the cardboard isn't a necessary material, you could use whatever material you'd like (wood, old records cut into squares, etc).
There's nothing wrong with a little manual labor to get results, right? At least you won't be using electricity!