Creative bowls with doilies and glue

Creative Jewish Mom has some really great ideas on her blog, but this one really caught my attention. While the project features fabric stiffener - if you can't find fabric stiffener - Mod Podge or acrylic sealer (Prominent Paints or Plascon) works just as well.


The resulting bowl isn't really strong enough to hold fruit on a regular basis, but would be great as a catch all for light items, little baby things, etc. If you give this a try and your fabric stiffener isn't as strong as mine you can always weave some fabric strips through the grid at the bottom, which could look great too.


Doily, at least 20cm diameter
Medium to large kitchen mixing bowl
Cling wrap
Fabric stiffener (or substitute with acrylic sealer)




1. Cover your bowl in cling wrap, with as few wrinkles/ridges as possible

2. Dunk your doily into the fabric stiffener or acrylic sealer, and when it's evenly coated, remove all the excess by running the doily between two fingers, or whatever works for you. Yes this is messy!

3. Turn your bowl upside down, and place doily right side down over the bowl.

4. Stretch the doily over the bowl evenly all around, and even out any mis-shapen areas. Keep doing this until you are totally satisfied that your resulting bowl will be symmetrical and beautiful!

5. Set aside to dry for 24 hours. (Waiting is the most difficult part, and I have to admit, I took it off after about 6 hours because I just had to see the results. But don't follow my example, just be patient! Carefully remove your doily bowl by lifting the cling wrap from the bowl, possibly using a dull knife to help you out.

6. The side touching the bowl will still need to dry, so set aside for at least another 24 hours to achieve the final results.

7. With small sharp scissors, trim off any excess fabric stiffener between holes. Enjoy!

8. If you need to stiffen more, place the bowl on cling wrap and brush on more coats of acrylic sealer.