DIY Lace Doily Bowl

A little while back I was searching for doilies – not the paper kind, nice crochet and lace doilies – for a DIY project.  I finally found some online, so I ordered a bunch figuring I’d use them for something. Sure enough, inspiration struck soon after and I decided to make some into bowls! I had heard of covering balloons with them to make really pretty lanterns (similar to our “thought bubbles”), and it turns out you can make a doily into a bowl using a very similar technique.

lace doily bowl

What you need: doilies (I ordered them from this website), fabric stiffener (I found this at A.C. Moore), and a bowl. Choose a bowl that will allow you to drape the doily over the bottom of to create a bowl shape.

lace doily bowl

If you have a bowl and doilies already and don’t want to purchase fabric stiffener, you can make your own! Just mix equal parts white glue and water.

lace doily bowl

This DIY is as easy as 1,2,3: Turn your bowl upside down, soak the doily in fabric stiffener, and drape the doily on the bottom of the bowl.

lace doily bowl

Use your fingers to smooth the doily over the bowl, removing any wrinkles and pushing out excess fabric stiffener. Leave it on the bowl overnight to allow it to dry and harden.

lace doily bowl

Experiment with different shapes and sizes! In the morning, your lace bowls will be ready for use.

diy lace bowldiy lace bowl

Photos by Julia.

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  1. My great aunts used to do something similar to this for christmas, they would crochet little doily snowflakes add starch and give them out as ornaments. Very cute.

  2. I admittedly have a slight obsession of crafting with doilies. I have 2 purses with them mod podged on and most recently I used a pair as elbow patches on one of my denim shirts. BUT I still have yet to make a doily bowl. I do believe the time has come!

  3. What a great idea! I’d imagine throwing a few different shades of Rit Dye into the equation would make it even more fun. :D

  4. hey! this is awesome!!! i have one question so pleaaaaase answer. If i want to make the fabric stiffener on my own what kind of glue should i use???

  5. oooh thank you very much! i just stealed some doilies from my grandma so im gonna make this bowl soon :P (once again everything in this blog is amazing thaaaank you)

  6. Beautiful and cute! I wanted to do it for a long time. If I well remember I’ve learned that you can do your own fabric stiffener with water, corn starch and liquid glue!…

  7. I stiffened some vintage doilies done by family and fixed them to color board and framed them. I DID find that once stiffened, they break and were fragile. No problem behind glass but in bowl shape ?? I don’t know?

  8. These are so pretty – I’ll definitely try that DIY stiffener. I’ve been making crochet snowflakes and spraying with laundry starch but it wouldn’t work for bowls – not stiff enough but ok for hanging decorations.

  9. Just one question, does the fabric stiffener end up coming off the bowls, or is the bowl a gonner?

  10. I love it! And I read other people asked same question. How do you take off doily out the bowl? Please answer. Thanks.

  11. Hey guys! I just pulled it right off the bowl! If the doily seems like its losing its shape as you pull it off, don’t worry you can mold it back into shape. And yes the fabric stiffener came right off the bowl :)

  12. A more environmentally-friendly version of this project is to simply exchange the fabric stiffener with sugar water! Works just as well and if you want to re-use the doilies its’s just washing the bowl with water! (:

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  15. I’m trying this today! Heading to my local op shop to hopefully find some preloved doilies! I will post later to confirm if it worked or not – fingers crossed! :) Thanks for the easy step directions :)

  16. These are amazing! I have made three so far & am going back to the op shop today for more supplies! What a cute little gift they would make! :) Thank you again for the great idea :)

    ~You can also just use normal white glue (kids for instance) without watering it down :)

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  22. These are just so pretty!!! Just one thing’s missing…. Where should I look for doilies? Thanks all!

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  24. I have dozens of my grandmothers hand made doilies….now I know how to make them into something to pass on

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  26. Making these with my Sunday school class as a Mother’s Day gift! Easy to do and found a wonderful scripture to go along with it! Filling the new bowls with rose petals :) Thanks for the great idea.

  27. Really cool project plus its fun to do. They make great gifts that all love to get. Plus they don’t take ve long to make. Make them any color you want to. Even make baskets … use your imagination. I know you have one!!!!! Go get ’em!!

  28. Truly an amazing idea but i have a small query. Which side of the doily (right or wrong) is the inside of the bowl. For eg. when the bowl is done…..i guess its more of the inside than the outside which is seen. So would you use the right side of the doily inside or the wrong side. Want some real good tips

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  30. What a creative idea and so simple to make. Thank you for sharing your creativity as well as DIY. Be Blessed because you are Blessed, Mtetar

  31. These look really cute. How durable are they? Could I put a wire bail on one and expect it to hold some weight?
    Thank you for sharing is great idea.

  32. Hi, I tried this at home yesterday… But when I wanted the take of my lace bowl from the glass bowl, it was glued to it… :-(
    What did I do wrong?

  33. Hi Elle (#71) I’m just guessing here, but maybe it wasn’t really dry enough. Don’t know about where you are, but here in So. California we are having a REALLY humid summer and any project like this would take much more time to completely dry.

  34. I’m sorry if someone already asked this, I got tired of reading all the good comments. LOL So here goes,. if you use the ” stiffener” what happens if it gets a bit wet? I want to make some for ring holders and I know a couple will end up in the kitchen close to water. HELP ME PLEASE BEFOR I MAKE SOGGY PRETTYS. LOL Thanks for any input…..Gigi

  35. Well sorry everyone, but I just love the doily pattern, so pretty. Anyone know where I can get it.
    Sandra from Keilor East, Victoria, Australia. :)

  36. I read (on another site) that if you put plastic wrap on the bowl before placing the wet doily on the bowl It Won’t Stick (but I haven’t tried this DIY myself-planning to tho). If you don’t have your own dollies & can’t find any at your local thrift stores they can be purchased at Dollar General, Family Dollar & even better yet Dollar Tree (I’m pretty sure Amazon sells them too)! BUT I Do Have 2 Questions!! Do the bowls keep their shape & Do the colors change?? Hopefully Someone Will Take The Time To Answer My Questions!! Thank You!!

  37. I usually make doilies for friends for Christmas. These are so cute, I think I’ll make these bowls and fill them with Cristmas cookies or candies. Thank you so much for this beautiful idea.

  38. this is a very good site for using odds and ends and making things simple. parkinsons sufferer so enjoy making things that you either have in home even if broken of don’t cost a lot to buy
    ab fab keep up the good work
    thank you

  39. I used plastic wrap under the doilies, the plastic stuck to the doilie and won’t come off. This was a bad idea. Going to try again with just the glue.

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