sand bowls by leetal rivlin
sand bowls by leetal rivlin sand bowls by leetal rivlin
jan 08, 2012

sand bowls by leetal rivlin

‘sand bowl’ by leetal rivlin



tel-aviv-based industrial design student leetal rivlin has captured the movement of sand and frozen it into a usable object. the bowl is hand-made by mixing the grains of sand with an adhesive. the viscous liquid is then allowed to drip and harden into the form of the container. various layers give the impression of preserved movement.



layers of frozen sand made into a bowl






a pile of bowls stacked one inside of the other



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions’ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication.



  • remarkable

    Phil_the_first says:
  • beautiful… think of this made with the white sands of the Florida Keys, pink sands of Bermuda, and the black sand of Hawaii

  • @ [email protected] Ooooh yeah, black sand would be divine. The lighting would pick up all of the flecks of sparkle.

    Tiffany Walton says:
  • It’s from Akira

    Gui says:
  • beautiful

    yuv says:
  • Really good creative.

    shiva shankar k says:
  • What kind of adhesive was used…I would love to do this with my Hawaii sand!

    Tina Warner says:
  • Does the original submission by this bowl’s creator tell how it was created? My family is leaving on a beach vacation and I would love to do this project with the 11 nieces and nephews who will be together there.

    Emmytate says:

    Larie says:
  • Can you give instructions would love to make this.I have sand from several beaches
    What a way to display memories.

    Carol Harper says:
  • What is the ratio of sand to adhesive? What kind of adhesive did you use? I would love to give it a try!

    Barbara Vargo says:
  • Can you give instructions on how to made these? Love them.

    lucinda heavenridge says:
  • Did anyone figure out how to make these?

    Valerie says:
  • THIS IS SO COOL.. please give out the info on making this, as the amount of sand and adhisive… t

    CHRISIE says:
  • Can you tell me how to make these sand bowls? They are so cool.

    Lisa says:
  • Love it , may try it, but please don’t take sand off the beach.

    billie says:
  • Please tell me how exactly to make this. Love it!

    Bree says:
  • Please tell the kind of glue and the amount of glue as well as how long to let it dry. This would be a great class project.

    Joyce Burns says:
  • Elmers glue is used.

    Barbara Ann says:
  • Elmers glue is PVA (PVAC) based – but has lots of other stuff (tackifiers and solvents), and has a pH of 5 (meaning it is acidic).

    A natural binder will be better mixed with sand, so we don’t smudge the whole world in an irreversible blob of mixed resources. Something like polypavement, that is said to be natural and would harden to create a durable product. Impossible to buy in small quantities, but the more people that ask their local hardware store for natural binders the better.

    Jeremy Walton says:
  • What you’ll need:
    •Elmer’s glue
    •Plastic wrap
    •Popsicle stick
    •Disposable bowl
    •Vinyl placemat

    Step 1. Choose a bowl that is going to serve as the base of your sand bowl.

    Step 2. Wrap the outside of the bowl in plastic wrap. Smooth out all of the wrinkles and bumps so it’s a completely even surface or you can leave a few seamed lines so it resembles the natural lines created in the sand from the waves. Push the end of the plastic wrap into the inside of the bowl.

    Step 3. Find a disposable bowl you won’t mind throwing out after use.

    Step 4. Place your base bowl upside down on a vinyl placemat. It allows the glue and sand to stick to it, dry on and easily peel off or wash off with a little scrubbing.

    Step 5. In your disposable bowl, mix together the glue and sand using a popsicle stick until you have a consistency that is thick but that you can still pour.

    Step 6. Pour the glue mix over the bowl. Don’t worry if you don’t pour it completely even, gravity will pull it down and even it out.

    Step 7. After about 3 hours, pour more glue over the bowl so it creates another layer. Repeat the process again in a few more hours.

    Step 8. Let the bowl sit for a full day. Avoid moving it while it’s drying or you could make marks in the glue.

    Step 9. Lift the bowl, then very carefully peel the plastic wrap off.

    Step 10. Use scissors to cut away any ragged edges on your sand bowl.

    grace says:
  • RE: to everyone talking about the sands of Hawai’i, for future reference you’re not supposed to take any sand or rock from their beaches. It’s considered very disrespectful to the cultural beliefs of the indigenous people.

    sue says:
  • It is ILLEGAL (against the law) to take sand from beaches in Hawaii and California. It is not a good practice for the health of the earth to take sand from any beach. Take only photos, leave only footprints.

    Babs says:
  • There is also a legend/myth that Palei the goddess of Hawait will envoke her wrath should you take the sand rocks or natural peridot found in the sand on the beaches. Bring home a pineapple or a liegh made by the locals instead.
    California has plenty of nuts and fruits to share…LOL..Leave their beaches along as well.

    Debbie K says:
  • I am pretty sure you can try adding food coloring to the glue which should then give the bowl color when it dries. I plan on trying this so I will post the resultsl

    Julia says:
  • Hi
    Step 7 i know it says pour more glue over the bowl..but I just want to make sure it’s correct?? Is this just the glue?? Or is this the glue sand mixture? If it is just the unmixed glue, then how much?

    Shonna says:
  • Just wondering if the bowl is useable? So it’s not fired or glazed? This is so creative and beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

    Cynthia says:
  • Good Morning,
    I’m usually not a comment person but I just loved this bowl and had to give it a shot. So, off to the beach (which is about 5 min. from us) to get sand. I understand that some places don’t allow this but there isn’t a problem in our area as long as we aren’t going in with a truck. Lol. And then off to the store for glue. I bought 2 kinds: the standard Elmer’s glue and a school gel glue. I just wanted to see if there might be a difference in how the gel glue worked. I started this last night so I can’t say how the finished product will come out but I did find some quirks in the process. They aren’t anything that can’t be addressed or fixed, they are just little problems others might run into. I did a bowl, as described above, and a cylinder vase about 8 inches tall. Consistency of the glue/sand mix is importaint. The first attempt at the bowl had it running off a wee bit too quickly so I scraped it all up, put back in the bowl and added more sand. Back on the bowl it went and it was better. I noticed that air bubbles can form and if they do they have a tendency to create a slight ‘pull’ or weak spot so I would suggest, if you notice them, to pop them and just tap the sand to fill it in. When you put the plastic wrap on whatever container you use, try and make sure it is as smooth as possible. I thought I had this under control…Nope. After I had the first coat of sand on the cylinder vase I noticed that there was a spot that I missed. I liked my “drips” so I didn’t want to start again but, because of the little ‘pocket’ the plastic wrap made it was creating a little ledge where the sand was thicker on the ledge then underneath. I fixed this by using some of the sand mixture I had left to build up the weak area and make it thicker. There were also a couple of small air pockets that I just poked with a large sewing needle and when I pressed on the mixture they smoothed right out. Kind of like smoothing contact paper when it gets a bubble. Understandably gravity is what produces the drip effect but in some spots it was like a runaway train leaving a large blob of mixture hanging at the stopping point. Because I didn’t want to go any thinner with the mixture I just ‘pulled’ or smoothed the blob up with my finger slightlly. It didn’t disturb the natural drip but it did take some of the weight off and thicken up the area right above it. Once the mixture starts to set it’s very workable. I noticed a few cracks that were starting to form so I just tapped and worked the mixture to seal them, and, there were a couple of drips that were a little ragged so I just smoothed them into shape. Because it does get to a pliable state as it starts to dry, if you wanted, you could probably carefully mold the mixture to a design that you like if you wanted something different than the drip effect. I’m not sure if there is going to be a difference between the Elmer’s glue and the gel glue but I can say that the gel glue was a little more watery when I mixed in the sand. Whether of not this will have an overall effect on the final outcome I am not sure. I do think that it might take a little longer than a day to dry but this is a really great project and fun to work with. Thanks so much for posting the ingredients and I would suggest people give a try. I found it just needed a little attention in the beginning to kind of smooth things out but other than that I can’t wait for them to dry!!!

    tiff sic says:
  • How did yours turn out, Cynthia?

    Carol says:
  • Question: Why is the rim not flat or doesn’t it flow to the Matt?
    Just love this and will be trying it also.

    Janet says:
  • Still….. no one has mentioned the sand/glue ratio!

    Jackie says:
  • read instruction Step 5. In your disposable bowl, mix together the glue and sand using a popsicle stick until you have a consistency that is thick but that you can still pour. consistency that is thick and can still pour!

    VMac says:
  • It is NOT illegal to take sand from the beaches in California unless it is a state park beach and even then, don’t be surprised if no one says a thing. Same with Hawaii…… .

    anna petruska says:
  • Mini sandcastles can be made from the same glue/sand mix.

    Rainy Jane says:
  • Why not just buy play sand? The kind for sand boxes?

    Tonia says:
  • Does the bowl break with ease

    Angela Martinez says:
  • BTW for all of you that don’t know. Sand is excavated out of the hills in Emmett, Idaho and shipped to Hawaii…soo much for their precious land… (I know this because I live in Emmett.)

    Elizabeth Smith says:

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