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Doily Runner

I found my doilies on eBay. Look for a variety of sizes and patterns, and glitter them in different metallic shades for the best results.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2011


I never thought I'd be caught with a doily crossing my threshold, but I wanted a blizzard of them once I discovered how to take them from granny to glamorous with a simple coat of metallic glitter. Arranged runner-style on my dark dining-room table set with glass dishes, the intricately patterned pieces lost all trace of dowdiness.


  • Assorted crocheted doilies

  • Spray starch

  • Kraft paper

  • Spray adhesive

  • Fine metallic glitter

  • Hair spray (as sealer)


  1. Spray doilies with spray starch and press with an iron. Repeat several times, stiffening doilies.

  2. Set doilies on kraft paper and spray with adhesive.

  3. Transfer doilies to another piece of kraft paper. Spoon glitter in 1 color all over it, making sure entire surface is covered.

  4. Flip doilies over. Repeat steps 2 and 3 using fresh sheets of paper. Shake off excess.

  5. Repeat with remaining doilies in desired colors. Spray both sides of each doily with hair spray, and set aside to dry.

  6. Arrange doilies on table, beginning in middle with largest doily and alternating sizes and colors out to either end.

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