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.

How to make bowls from $1 DoiliesPry 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.


  • ananda

    these are beautiful! thank you amy for your great tutorials!

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  • susie

    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

    • Amy

      It does last forever! If it gets dusty just use a Swiffer . . . you don’t want to wash this or it will ruin it :D

  • laura jones

    im in uk where can you buy the mod podge stiffy please id love to make these make super gifts

  • nourished roots

    These are so cute!! I have to give it a try. I hope I can find as cute as doilies as you did.

  • Carmody

    Great idea and awesome tutorial.

  • Julie

    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!

  • Wendy @

    Love It! I heard of doing this with starch but not mod podge. I will have to try this for sure :) I would love for you to share this at my Friday T.G.I.F. Linky Party. Have a great weekend!!

  • Nadine Davies

    Can I use just the Mod Pod, no does it need to be with the stiffy? Thank you!!

    • Amy

      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).

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  • Cher @ Designs by Studio C

    I used Stiffy years ago when I made a doily Christmas Tree ~ it is a great product! The bowls are really awesome and I love the colors!

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  • Amanda

    Hi Amy! Just wanted to let you know that I featured this post on my Facebook page during April and people loved it. In fact, it was third most popular for the month! So today I’ve featured you on my blog as well (link below). Thanks for such an awesome post!

  • Erin

    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!

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