How to Make Bowls From $1 Doilies

How to make bowls from $1 DoiliesAbout a year ago I found a bunch of colorful doilies in the dollar bin at Michaels. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with them at the time – in fact, I thought I might use them on canvases. I bought a bunch of them and then never put them on canvas . . . so upon recent assessment of my craft supply bin, I realized it was time to either use them or lose them. So I grabbed some Mod Podge Stiffy and decided to use them to make bowls. Learn how it’s done below.

Gather These Supplies

  • Doilies – any size, any color
  • Mod Podge Stiffy
  • Aluminum foil or plastic wrap (or both)
  • Real bowls a little larger than the bowl size you want to make
  • Small plastic container

20140225_091022You can use any plastic container – like those storage ones from the grocery store. Just don’t use it for eating, even if you wash it.

IMG_3361Wrap your (real) bowls with the aluminum foil. You can use plastic wrap instead if that’s all you have. Set them on a flat surface or cookie sheet.

20140225_091142Pour some Mod Podge Stiffy into your plastic container. You don’t need a ton – just enough to saturate your doilies.

20140225_091155Place your doilies in the container and smoosh them around to cover with Mod Podge Stiffy.

20140225_091214After you’ve thoroughly covered the doily in Stiffy, squeeze it out.

20140225_091322Spread over the bowl that’s covered in aluminum foil/plastic wrap and make sure that everything is in the right place – however it sits is how it will dry! Leave for 24 hours.

If you want to learn to make bowls, this tutorial will show you how to do it using doilies from the dollar bin and Mod Podge Stiffy.Pry off of the mold and you have real bowls! That hold candy and stuff. I’m going to try this with doilies of various sizes – AND think about the containers you could use that would make different shapes. So cool.


  1. susie says

    I never used mode podge…does that stay forever? I had heard of sugar boiled and then the same as u did with the bowl.after it gets dusty u just wash and re sugar do u do the same with m.p?? Thank u wish I had a bunch of them for gifts. Wish I was 60 yes younger as u all have such great ideas

  2. says

    I have a crochet project I’m working on right now that I need to make stiff, I’ve never heard of mod podge stiffy till now, thanks. The bowls are really cute btw!

    • says

      Hi Nadine! Some people have done it with Mod Podge and had success – I think Stiffy must be stronger for this purpose because MP didn’t work as well for me (there was more flexibility, which might be fine for you).

  3. Erin says

    So glad I claimed the box of doilies from my husband’s late Grandmother’s house! Now I know what I can do with some of them!


  1. […] Doilies aren't just for making a place to display dusty knick-knacks at grandma's house.  No, there are so many more things you can do with them!  When Amy at DIY Candy found some colorful doilies in a dollar bin she knew she had to have them, and eventually the idea struck to turn them into these cute bowls.  A dousing in fabric stiffener gives them enough rigidity to become a candy dish, a gift basket, or a vessel for just about anything else you can fit inside!  [how to make a doily bowl] […]

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