Guest Blog: Liz Luce
Last week, while driving home from the gym, my car had a mind of its own. One moment I was driving home and then the next my car was turning off the main road, heading south and parking in the driveway of the house of an estate sale. While I had seen signs for the estate sale while driving home, I really had no intentions of going… guess my mind and car had other plans!
|My “tower of dollies”!|
Turns out it was a great decision by my mind and car! The estate belonged to a “woman from the old country” according to the greeter and the woman had a passion for collecting doilies.
Turns out that the “old country” was Holland and the woman didn’t just collect doilies, she made them – as in knitted each doily by hand! I have – and probably never will – make a doily in my life but, if I do, they certainly will never be as exquisite as hers. I feared that her beautiful handiwork would become trash, so it became my mission to “save the doilies” by buying them! And, while I didn’t buy all of them, I came close to doing so. I now have a tower of doilies!
With the market cornered on doilies I decided I’d better put them to use with a few crafting ideas. The easiest one, of course, is to use them when wrapping a gift – a pretty present is always a fun way to tell a friend how special they are to you.
But, here are a few other ideas I plan to use my doily collection for. Keep your eyes peeled at second-hand stores or at estate sales, I’m sure you’ll find some doilies there too!
Doily Votive Candle Holders
- Gather the following supplies: bowl of water, water balloons, sugar, kitchen towel and aluminum foil.
- Make a sugar starch. Mix the ¾ cup of sugar with ¼ cup of water in a sauce pan. Place on stove top over low heat and stir frequently until mixture is smooth and even. Do not let boil! Let mixture cool.
- Place doilies in bowl of water. Soak thoroughly and then wring out excess water until doilies are damp. Wrap in a damp wet towel to keep doilies damp.
- Blow up balloons. The size balloon will serve as the size of the candle holder, so you’ll want it big enough so the candle can fit comfortably without threatening to burn the doily on fire! I also like to play with different size candle holders – so blow up balloons to be various sizes.
- One at a time, place doily in the sugar starch mixture until saturated. Wring out excess mixture.
- Holding the balloon, place doily on balloon and slightly overlap the ends. You’re aiming to create a cup shape or half-oval shape.
- Let the doily dry in place. You’ll need to either support the balloon on either side so it doesn’t roll around or hold the balloon until it dries.
- When doily is almost dry, press the bottom of the balloon/doily down firmly on aluminum foil to form a flat bottom. This is important as without a flat bottom the doily will topple over – and if it topples over with a candle in it… fire! That’s not good!
- When doily is full dry, pop the balloon and carefully peel it way from the doily.
- Done! Place a small votive candle in doily (I use the candles that are in a metal container) and place candle holder on dinner table or window sill. Enjoy!
|Votive Candle Holders|
- Chose a star shaped doily.
- Chose a florist tube (the kind they use for corsages.
- Thread some ribbons throw the holes in the center of the doily.
- Put water and a flower into the florist tube. Gather the points of the doily and tie a ribbon loosely around the neck of the tube.
- Wrap the florist tube in ribbon.
- Ta-Da! A doily flower! You can tie this to a package or give to a friend as is.
|Doily Flower: Steps 1-3|
|Doily Flower: Step 4|
|Doily Flower: Step 6|