I know, I know- here I go again with another repurposing / upcycling project using vintage doilies. What can I say, though? There are just SO many possibilities out there! This time, however, I decided to try a crafting product that I’ve never played around with before- fabric stiffener!
A lot of people have used this stuff on plain, small doilies to create decorative bowls- which is really cool! But as we head into summer, I wanted to take it a step further…why not flip the bowl around and create a cloche / plate cover for summer picnics and dinners on the patio? AND to take it a step further, why use plain doilies when there are so many colorful ones out there? This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Once I had my gorgeous doilies in hand, I needed some fabric stiffener– I decided to use Stiffy by Plaid Crafts.
Before I started, I gave a lot of thought to the best approach- my hands were going to be messy (covered in fabric stiffener), so I needed an easy way to smooth my gloppy doilies around an upturned bowl. A potter’s wheel would be an ideal option- but not exactly something I have sitting around…
BUT. But. I *did* have a lazy Susan from my thrifting adventure to Brevard, NC! So I dragged it out and grabbed some foil from my kitchen to cover/protect it.
Once my lazy Susan was covered, I selected a good-sized bowl (my cloche mold) and covered it in plastic cling wrap (which I RARELY use…and no longer use for food because Cottonball chewed on the flaps as a kitten).
Now I was ready to get my hands dirty!! Using a recyclable plastic cup, I poured in about 2” worth of fabric stiffener, and dunked my doily in. I used a bamboo skewer to poke it around a little- just to ensure it was completely submerged. Then I let it soak for a couple of minutes.
After it soaked, I pulled it out, squeezed as much excess stiffy as I could, and carefully spread it over my plastic-covered mixing bowl- making sure that the center flower was directly over the center (flat part) of my bowl. And this is why the lazy Susan was so perfect- I could slowly spin it around as I smoothed the doily over the glass, making sure there were no wrinkles or overlaps.
I was so excited to see how it turned out- but I had to be patient and let it dry overnight. And let me tell you, I am not exactly known for my patience! But I made it through the night, and when morning rolled around, I carefully pulled it off the bowl and peeled away the cling wrap.
Look at that- it worked! I had a wonderfully shaped doily- it was moveable, but retained its bowl-like concave shape.
Now, to finish the transformation into a cloche cover, I needed to add a little handle! I thought about using a pretty cut glass drawer pull, but I didn’t want the hassle of cutting off the screw hardware. Instead, I used inexpensive wooden knobs that I painted to coordinate with my cloche covers!
Once the knobs were painted, I simply used my beloved hot glue gun to attach them to the top of each doily cloche- how perfect is that??
So, they might not keep out the smallest of insects during your next outdoor gathering, but they’ll look awfully pretty! AND I still have lots of Stiffy left, so I’m pretty sure there are more doily cloche covers in my future…