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Free Tutorial – How to Make a Lace Bowl

Tutorial courtesy of Little Waltz.

Okay so first you need to gather your materials:

1x PVA Craft Glue
1x cup of water
1x Lace Doily (50 cents from my local op shop!)
1x Empty Bowl (make sure that this is the size you want your lace doily bowl to become later on!)
1x Sacrificial Bowl (you’ll see why later)
1x Mixing tool ( I used an ice cream stick)
1x roll of Clingwrap (you don’t need very much!)

To begin with you take the PVA craft glue and your cup of water and mix equal amounts of it into the Sacrifical Bowl. Mix it well with your mixing tool!

You should get this watery white substance like the picture above. Doesn’t it look like coconut milk? It is not edible, don’t even try. This is also why I say use a sacrifical bowl. I don’t think I want to be eating out of this bowl ever again! You can of course use other things such as a bucket, or an empty can. There’s no limits here!

Take your doily and soak it in the white substance thoroughly. Make sure every bit of the doily is soaking wet!
You can even leave it in there for a small soak.

And while the doily is taking its soak, you can quickly clingwrap your bowl.

The reason you do this is to prevent the doily from sticking to your bowl and you potentially ruining the shape of the lace bowl when you are trying to pry it off the bowl. So don’t skip this step!

Take your soaking doily out and squeeze the excess out. Make sure it’s not dripping anymore, or else you will get sticky water dripping all over the place. Not fun.
Once you are done squeezing it out, drap it over the bowl you just cling wrapped and pop the bowl onto something else to keep it elevated. I just used another glass.

Take this time to shape the bowl however you’d like. I made tiny pinches all along the sides to give it a slightly wonky shape. I wanted the bowl to look weird and wonky! It’s part of the charm, really.

Leave it to dry, preferably somewhere that has the potential for direct sunlight. My kitchen window sill is perfect for this so I sat it there for about 48 hours.

Once you are sure that it’s completely dry, it should harden up significantly. Take it off the ledge and proceed to remove the lace doily from the bowl. Be very gentle!! If you find it hard to pry the bowl out, try unwrapping the clingwrap and sliding the bowl out from the clingwrap. You should find that this makes it much easier and the bowl will dislodge itself from the doily quite willingly.

And voila! Your very own lace bowl. Easy isn’t it? If you do try your own, please link back and show me your bowls!


2 Responses

  1. Oooohooohooo!!! I LIKE THIS!!!

  2. i been wanting to do this…nice..where did you get the doily?

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