Lace Doily Candle Bowls

5 Materials
30 Minutes

I adore candles in my home and decor. Real, battery operated, tapered or tealight, I love ‘em all! These DIY Doily Bowls are a shabby-chic simple way to provide a gorgeous base for the candle of your choice. The warmer days have got me itching to visit the beach, and the beautifully trimmed lace doily filled with cool, white sand just screams “Boho Summer” to me. Aleene’s Premium Decoupage glue makes creating the look a breeze!

This post was sponsored by Aleene’s Original Glues. All opinions are my own.

Step 1: Inflate the balloon.

Keep in mind the size of your doily (mine are approx. 12” round) combined with the size of your balloon will dictate the size of your bowl. Tie your balloon closed and place it - tie side down - into a container to hold it steadily while you work. 

Step 2: First glue layer.

After deciding on your preferred finish (I used glossy for the paper doilies and matte for the fabric), apply a thin layer of glue onto your balloon with your brush making sure to place glue everywhere the doily will lay. 

Step 3: Place doily.

Center the middle of the doily to the top of the glue-covered balloon and gently apply.

Step 4: Final Coat.

Add another coat of glue on the doily. This is a slow and steady process. You don’t want to add too much at a time as it could drip over your workspace and possibly rip if you are using paper. 

* But don’t fret! This glue cleans up easily with soap and water and is very forgiving with mistakes! If you find that you’ve ripped your paper doily, push it gently back into place with your finger and add a thin layer of glue. Adding multiple thin coats will be more beneficial than one thick coat.

Allow to fully dry - Many factors come into play here - from humidity to glue thickness - you want to ensure they are completely dry before moving on! 

Step 5: Pop the balloon!

You could always untie the knot too, but that’s no fun! Warning - sometimes when the balloon deflates, it deflates the doily along with it!

* But don’t fret! If the glue is still tacky, it may cause the balloon to stick to the inside of the doily bowl. When the balloon deflates, the doily folds into itself too! Don’t panic! Simply remove the balloon pieces from the inside and reshape your bowl. You’ll be surprised how easily you can reshape it! You may want to let it sit a bit longer at this point just to make sure it really is fully dry before adding your filler. 

Step 6: Add bow (optional).

I just love the rustic feel of twine with the delicate look of the doily!

Step 7: Add filler.

I used white craft sand to complete the soft, romantic, beachy look. But you can fill them with colored sand, small pebbles, coffee beans - whatever tickles your fancy! If you didn’t quite get as much of an even coat of glue as you thought, you may notice there’s a few small openings that the filler may get through.

*But don’t fret! A small piece of paper towel or even paper cut to size to fit in the bottom of the bowl will prevent leaking!

If you choose to not use filler, place a glass dish at the bottom of the bowl to keep the wax from dripping straight onto your doily.

Step 8: Add candle.

If you’re worried about the hazards of a real flame, or you are using them at a venue with candle regulations, a battery operated light would be just as stunning!

Simple and elegant (and inexpensive, too!)

The way the light filters through the doily lace is so romantic!

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  • Dl.5660408
    on Jun 3, 2020

    What a pretty idea! It would be lovely as wedding reception decor

  • Nancy
    on Jun 23, 2020

    Attractive, but looks better without the string!

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