DIY: Lace Doily Tealight Holder

4 Materials
30 Minutes

Lace doily tealight holder. When I saw a photo of it on Pinterest, I knew straight away : I have to do it! If you are still looking for unusual and inexpensive table decorations, you should rummage through your closet or ask grandma whether she has a few lace doilies! It really is a super easy DIY project!

Find and collect lace doilies

If you don’t have a grandma with a huge supply, you don’t have to despair immediately. Fortunately, the flea market season is starting again! You can always find something there. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, you can also buy vintage lace doilies online.

If you only get large lace blankets, that’s no problem either. Just carefully adjust to the desired size with nail scissors.

All you need are lace doilies, paste, a bucket for the paste, balloons and a couple of mason jars. If you don’t have any paste in the house, but have everything else and want to start right away, you can also work with sugar starch. It is actually suggested in the instructions. I thought I would play it safe and use special paste for textile wallpapers. That worked great too!

  1. Mix the paste.
  2. Blow up the balloons and put them in the jars or fix them in some other way. It’s best to put a lot of newspaper underneath!
  3. Dip the lace doilies in the paste and then wring them out once. Be careful, it’s a big mess if you have to touch something afterwards. If you can ask someone to help you move jars back and forth, that would be helpful!
  4. Now simply spread the lace doily over the balloon and pull everything into the desired shape. Also, make sure that there are no drops of paste anywhere, it doesn’t look so nice afterwards.
  5. Wait, wait, wait … until the paste is dry.
  6. Carefully pop the balloon and remove it!


Check out whether the doily tealight holders stay in place when you put a tealight in. If not you can flatten the bottom a little more.

Suggested materials:

  • Lace dollies
  • Paste or sugar starch
  • Balloon
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Succie Ailey
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