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Project

Doily Basket

Not only are these beautiful baskets perfect for Easter, but they also can be displayed year-round.

Introduction

Resources: To purchase API's Crafter's Pick Fabric Stiffener (water-based), visit crafterspick.com.

Materials

  • Stitched (not paper) doily
  • Bowl in the shape of the basket you would like to make
  • Fabric stiffener

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Soak doily in bowl of fabric stiffener until saturated.

  2. Step 2

    Remove doily from stiffener and place over bowl (or along inside of bowl) to form a basket shape.

  3. Step 3

    Allow to dry. Carefully peel dried basket from bowl.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, March 2008

Reviews (24)

  • 22 Apr, 2011

    I put wax paper between the doily and the bowl and now the wax paper
    won't peel off the doily. Any suggestions?

  • 20 Apr, 2011

    I just picked up Doily's @ Dollar King. Can I use flour and

  • 3 Mar, 2011

    Clear plastic wrap between the doily and the bowl works great with no sticking and easy removal.

  • 22 Mar, 2010

    I made three of these yesterday. The wax paper worked perfectly!

  • 21 Mar, 2010

    The directions on the crafter's pick fabric stiffener bottle says to put wax paper between the bowl and the fabric so I am going to try that. I found doilies of different colors and sizes at JoAnn Fabrics in the quilt supply section.

  • 21 Mar, 2010

    The directions on the crafter's pick fabric stiffener bottle says to put wax paper between the bowl and the fabric so I am going to try that. I found doilies of different colors and sizes at JoAnn Fabrics in the quilt supply section.

  • 15 Mar, 2010

    Hi - I love how these look! So pretty.
    Ok - it might be a language problem, but I used lace (not 100% cotton) and it went too limp....I guess it has to be 100% cotton for it to work correct?

  • 29 Mar, 2008

    I made a bowl today and you can find doillies at your local flea markets and yard sales. If they are a little discolored you can dye them in strong tea or coffee and then stiffen them. I also used some satin and see-thru ribbon intertwined in the spaces of the lace and that really dresses the bowl up for any occasion, theme or Holiday. We are opening up a shop in our area that will include handmade items and these doilie bowls are going to be one of those items offered. Thank you for that wonderful craft idea.

  • 29 Mar, 2008

    I did finally figure out this on my own. I wet the doillies a little and peeled them off. This makes them limp again, but I just put on more Stiffy and covered the bowls with plastic wrap (make sure to wash the bowl first or the plastic wrap will stick) before putting the doily back on. When dry, just remove from the bowl and peel the plastic wrap off.

  • 24 Mar, 2008

    I'm also having trouble removing the stiffened doilies from the bowl. HELP PLEASE!

  • 24 Mar, 2008

    I'm also having trouble removing the stiffened doilies from the bowl. HELP PLEASE!

  • 22 Mar, 2008

    A great place for doilies is Value Village or any thrift store. People inherit them and throw them out as doilies are not really current home decor items, they are usually just a dollar or two.

  • 20 Mar, 2008

    I am having trouble removing the stiffened doilies from the bowls. Any advice?

  • 19 Mar, 2008

    I went through my grandmother's doilies and have made 9 baskets for my family members for Easter! Thanks for the wonderful idea! I had to use the old Stayflo starch but it worked fine. I have some photos that I am going to try to send to you.
    Thanks
    Micki

  • 19 Mar, 2008

    I will check it out, thank you.

  • 18 Mar, 2008

    I found doilies at www.lartisana.com I will not be able to use them for EASTER but I will use them for Mothers day. I am going to put hand made soaps in shapes of roses and sea shells.

  • 18 Mar, 2008

    I have looked at Michaels and JoAnns and they only have paper ones. I have also checked at a few other craft stores and they do not seem to have them either. I found some on the web but they wanted a excessive amount to ship these very light doilies.

  • 17 Mar, 2008

    I GOT MINE AT WAL-MART ON CLEARANCE, YEARS AGO. I ALSO JUST SAW SOME AT MICHAELS. ANY CRAFT STORE SHOULD HAVE THEM...

  • 17 Mar, 2008

    Where do you find the doilies?

  • 16 Mar, 2008

    whit5- the stiffener I bought at Michaels (Crafters Pick) says on-line that it IS permanent. I have also seen this done with slightly diluted white glue (Elmers). I think that may wash out if you don't want it to be permanent. Hope this helps!

  • 12 Mar, 2008

    What a beautiful way to preserve and display dolies, and such a great gift idea.
    The possibilities are endless as how to fill them.

  • 12 Mar, 2008

    Is the fabric stiffener washable--can I wash it out if I want to use the doily again as a doily?

  • 12 Mar, 2008

    re-nee Here is the name of the website for the egg blowing kit.
    Resources
    The egg blowers can be found at ukraniangiftshop.com and the Dremel tool used in this craft can be purchased from dremel.com. It was listed on the Website. Looks like a good resource. Happy Easter!!!

  • 12 Mar, 2008

    Where do I find the yolk/egg extracter she used on the pastel eggs?