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Doily Bowls You Can Make in Minutes

If you want to learn how to make doily bowls, this tutorial will show you how to do it using doilies from the dollar bin and Mod Podge Stiffy.

Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never crafted or Mod Podged before, you can do this project. It’s great for beginning crafters.

Doily Bowls You Can Make in Minutes

About 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 one to make a doily bowl.

Then I made more than one! Learn how this easy adult craft is done below. Oh, and if you want to see a video – I’ve embedded one at the bottom. Check that out too!

How to Make Doily Bowls

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
Two doilies on the edge of a plastic bowl with Mod Podge Stiffy

You 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.

Wrapping aluminum foil around a bowl

Wrap 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.

Adding Mod Podge Stiffy to a plastic dish

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

Dipping a doily in Mod Podge Stiffy

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

Squeezing a doily out into a plastic container

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

Doly spread over a bowl wrapped in aluminum foil

Spread 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.

Doily Bowls You Can Make in Minutes

Pry your doily bowl off of the mold. You’ll be surprised that 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.

Are you ready to get the how-to so you can make bowls from doilies? Check it out below!

Yield: 2 bowls

Doily Bowls

Doily Bowls You Can Make in Minutes

Learn how to make bowls using doilies! These lace bowls use Mod Podge Stiffy and are great for holidays.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Dry Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2


  • 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


  1. Cover a bowl with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Cover a cookie sheet at the same time.
  2. Add Mod Podge Stiffy to a plastic bowl - enough to cover the doilies.
  3. Add a doily to the Stiffy and push it around. Take it out of the Stiffy and squeeze out the excess.
  4. Spread the doily out on the bowl, making sure to center it. Wrap the doily around the sides of the bowl and press down.
  5. Place the bowls on the covered cookie sheet and place somewhere to dry overnight.
  6. Release the doily from the bowl to use.

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If you enjoyed making these lace bowls from doilies, I’d love for you to check out these other ideas:

Sri sugiyanti

Saturday 2nd of February 2019

What is mod podge stiffy made of? I don't have that product in my country.


Sunday 3rd of February 2019

Hi Sri! I'm not sure - you'll have to contact Plaid here: (they make the product).


Friday 7th of August 2015



Friday 30th of May 2014

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!


Monday 26th of May 2014

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!

Cher @ Designs by Studio C

Saturday 17th of May 2014

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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