By now, you probably all know of my fascination with doilies. I've stuck them to painted canvases, spread them around my mom's living room, draped them from my ceiling, and even tried one of those doily lamps (without much success, sadly!). Recently I discovered a new use for them: decorative bowls! Remember those doilies I bought at the antique store? Well, one of my friends has a birthday coming up next week, and I thought a nice gift would be a few pretty bowls to put around her new house. They make great catch-alls for car keys, tea bags, hair stuff, jewelry, or they can hold some chunky potpourri.
So here's what I did to make my own lace bowls!
Stuff I used:
Doilies (any size - mine were quite small, about 5 or 6" in diameter)
Paper cup with a TINY bit of water in it, about a half-teaspoon.
Vaseline (petroleum jelly or nursery jelly)
Popsicle stick for mixing the glue (I just used the end of a paintbrush)
Plastic bowls (or any bowls you don't mind getting glue dripped on)
What I did:
Blow up the balloons to your desired size. You want the doilies to wrap around the round part (top) of the balloon, with enough of a curve to make it a bowl. The doilies won't lie flat while they're dry, and they stretch out a lot once they're saturated with glue.
Pour a good amount of Mod Podge into the paper cup. I filled it a little less than halfway. Mix the glue and water together with the popsicle stick - you want the glue to be slightly diluted so it's not so thick, but not too thin that it's like gluey water.
Rub the balloons with Vaseline. This is pretty fun. Scoop out a good bit of Vaseline and make sure you cover the round part of the balloons (basically wherever the doily will lie). Don't leave clumps of Vaseline - spread it out. Put the balloon, knot-side down, in one of the plastic bowls.