Vintage Doily Bowls

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I purchased these old doilies at an estate sale for a couple of bucks. Someone obviously made these by hand, and they are adorable! I used a couple of them to make these little catch-all bowls. I think you could put jewelry, loose change, or even candy in them. They'd be great gifts for mother's day and you could have the kids help to make them.
Please visit my blog for the complete tutorial. Thank you!
Please visit my blog for the complete tutorial. Thank you!!

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Barbara54
    on Apr 17, 2016

    where do you buy the fabric stiffener?

    • Skrizzo
      on Sep 8, 2019

      I used Elmer’s glue and water to stiffen crocheted bells for Christmas. They can be washed and restiffened.

  • Melodi Whitaker
    on Aug 28, 2017

    Do you think this would work with vintage handkerchiefs? I have a bunch of my Mom's pretty hankies and thought this might be a good way to preserve one for each of my sisters.
    • Ilene
      on May 4, 2020

      Have a doiley that belonged to Hub's Aunt. I painted the underside of the glass on a small Victorian cocktail top. I put the doily under the painting when I replaced the glass. I enjoy her gift all the time. Also have hankies I want to do something with. Plenty of wonderful ideas from the Hometalk Family. Stay healthy & safe!

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  • Linda Abate
    on Apr 4, 2018

    These doily dishes make such a great gift, especially if they are made from heirloom pieces that once belonged to a mom or grandmother. Awesome way to say Happy Mother's Day.

  • Nancy Still
    on Jul 11, 2018

    I remember living across the street from my aunt. She had huge doilies. She placed Coke bottles around the outer edges to make big ruffles. Of course it was easily done with mega amts of starch. I always had a wonderful time with her.

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