DIY: Turn a vinyl record into a decorative bowl

Today I made an old vinyl album into a trinket bowl.   Important: if you make one for yourself or as a gift, NEVER put food inside these bowls.  Unless it’s like food like oranges which you’ll peel.

First I had to find a vinyl record to use.   Of course, I don’t have any so I went to a local Kringloopwinkel and picked one out.  But I wanted it to be special, so I spent quite a bit of time looking at them.   Clearly, I looked like a vinyl aficionado inspecting each cover record.  I ended up with this one from the group De Damrakkertjes – only because it says HOLLAND so it’s perfect!   I paid €1. but it’s online value is €4.50 so I don’t have to worry about discovering I melted down a high valuable item.    Do check before you melt down yours!


There are many ways to do it and you can search online to see how others do it.  This is what I did for my bowl.

Turn oven on 100 c. (no higher!!)

Line a baking tray aluminium foil.

Put my record in on top of a pot so it starts to bend downwards.


With pot holders, I took out my warm, pliable record and put it into a bowl and quickly moved it around into the ruffle shaped edges  I wanted.  At first I didn’t like it so I put it back inside the oven, it re-melted down quite quickly did it again using a larger, flatter bowl until I got the shape I wanted.

The sizes of your bowls depend on the look you’re going for. If you want a more upright bowl that resembles a slightly bucket-like shape then you should use a smaller bowl with slightly upright sides (for the shaping bowl). If you want a more low slung, fruit bowl style bowl then use a bowl with more relaxed, wider sides.


Overall I am very happy with my bowl and the text “Holland” makes it extra special to me.

A simple search on and you can find loads of different ideas of things you can do with vinyl records.   I’m not really into anything else like book ends, vase or even wall hangings, but wanted to try a doing a bowl.