Welcome to this week's DIY! Backstory for this one: I once had a customer write to me on Etsy asking if she could order 20 handmade blue doily baskets for a wedding she was helping decorate. (I used to make 7-10" lace baskets for my shop using doilies). I was a little overwhelmed, because I was crocheting these intricate doilies completely by hand and shaping them, and it was an international order. Much to my relief (and admittedly a little disappointment), she never followed through with the order.
However, I loved the idea of using lace baskets for a wedding so much that I decided to streamline the process and make a simple DIY that anyone can do! You don't even have to know how to crochet! This is a gorgeous way to use little doilies to create fun favor baskets or centerpieces for your reception tables. Fill each one with your candies of choice, little flowers, or other trinkets. They're such a lovely and thoughtful way to show your appreciation to your guests for sharing in your day.
This is also a great way to involve your flower girls or do a fun girls' craft night with your bridesmaid! Soaking and shaping the doilies is a lot of fun, and the results are gorgeous and rewarding. Plus, you'll get some good bonding time in.
- Assorted 4" vintage doilies (I ordered mine from Rachael's Scraps - great shop, great resource!)
- White glue
- 8 oz plastic cups
- Plastic wrap
Prepare the plastic cups by inverting on a paper towel or some newspaper and covering the top with plastic wrap.
Mix glue and water in another cup until it's more of a paint consistency than glue. Soak doilies in the glue/water mixture, rubbing it all in with your fingers until it's completely saturated (but the holes in the lace are still visible).
Mold the doily over the plastic cup, stretching the bottom flat over the cup and molding it closely to the cup. The edges will crinkle in pretty ruffles, so don't worry about smoothing the sides - the bottom is the only part that needs to be flat! Allow to dry for 24 hours or overnight.
And voila! Make as many of these beauties as you like - you can use them as favor baskets, table decorations, or even bridesmaid gifts! Have fun, and show me what you make! Tag me on Instagram (@melmariadesigns) or tweet me a photo @melmariadesigns - I'd love to see your results! Don't forget to pin and share if you know a bride-to-be who would love this project!