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More Fun with Plaster and Doilies

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After all the fun I had with my plaster roses I had just a little bit of plaster left in the tub and I decided to let it  not go to waste and find another creative use for it.

This is what I came up with:

Plaster doilie2

An old vintage crochet doily turned into a candle holder with some plaster. Don’t you think this looks lovely? It looks even better at night when you can see the candle light shine through all the little holes.

Plaster doilie1

Want to make one too? Ok then, here is a tutorial for you. First look for a nice (old) doily, whose shape might make a nice ‘basket’. For this tutorial I choose a bit rectangular shape, because I thought it might be interesting.

Old doilie

This doily had been stiffened before, but I just rinsed it in some water and it was fine to use.

Mix up your plaster. Again add just enough water to give it the consistency of yoghurt rather than milk. And then soak the doily.

Plaster sooked doilie

See, actually right after I took this picture I added a little bit more water because the plaster was a bit too thick (it is easier and cheaper to add a little water when it is too thick than adding plaster to get it to thicken up)

Plastered doilie

When it is thoroughly soaked  drape it over a form. I used a bowl from my mother’s Sunday China, because I knew it would be fine. As you can see I filled up the bottom with some extra plaster, this way you will have a proper bottom in your bowl.

Bottom filled with plaster

Here you can see that better. This doily fit right over my bowl. For the little project I showed on top, the cup was smaller than the doily so I draped it with pleats. Remember everywhere where the inside of your doily touches a surface it will be probably dry up flat (the crochet texture will not be visible). So if you want the crochet look on the inside too, use as many pleats as you can or let you doily hang loose.

Now you need a little patience. You will have to wait for the moment where the plaster is dry enough to give the doily stability, but not so dry yet that you can’t wiggle it anymore. For this project that was about an hour of drying time in my living room

Then pry it loose, again have patience. First start to loosen the edges of the doily from you form carefully. Then turn it around and wiggle with the form. You will panic here! But just be patient, have faith in me and keep fiddling with it carefully and then at the exact moment when you think you will have to ruin your project or you will have to break your precious China, magically it will come loose.

At this time you can make some tiny adjustments (open up some holes that have filled up and remove some excess drippings) and when it feels right, put your sculpture down and let it dry completely.

Plaster doilie with balls

And then you have a bowl you can fill up with anything you like. I used some twig and feather balls, but I think green apples, Easter eggs or chocolates would look great too.
The plaster might shed a little, but a light coat of white spray paint will seal it nicely.

I think it looks like a sculpture!

Sculpted doilie

And then make a few and start vignetting. Have fun!

Doily turned candle holder

And I would love it if you let me know if you have started to turn your old doilies into lanterns and bowls.

 

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  1. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says:

    What a fantastic idea. I love it. Now I just have to find some old doilies. This is so clever and so pretty. Hugs, Marty

  2. gail@myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com says:

    Marianne! Those doilies are beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
    btw, If you would like for me to send you my next pottery barn catalogue in the mail for you to peruse, I'd be happy to. Just let me know.
    gail

  3. the dutch purple rabbit says:

    that's real smart, maybe i gonna make one myself. but i think i need to make a doilie first.

    nynke

  4. TinyBear says:

    What a great idea Marianne – I love it.
    They both look so beautiful in your displayes.
    ~ Tina

  5. that is awesome! I love the candle inside! so pretty! thanks for sharing.
    xo natalea

  6. What a great idea. I love the look.
    Still looking for the plaster. I need to get to a bigger town.

  7. Blondie's Journal says:

    This is brilliant, Marianne. I love it. I don't know if I have the patience for it but I applaud you. It does look pretty with the candle glowing inside!

    xoxo
    Jane

  8. Dat wil ik ook altijd nog eens doen, maar het komt er maar niet van. Een lapje in de stijfsel en moet je zien hoe leuk dat wordt. Mooie foto`s vooral die met dat licht erbij, heel mooi!

    Groetjes,
    Jeanette

  9. Wat mooi zeg! Jij bent ook zo slim! mooie tutorial.

  10. Marianne, that is SO cute…SO clever…and makes such a pretty little statement…i love it!!!

  11. That is so darn darling!
    smiles, alice

  12. Jennie G. says:

    Very pretty! And I'm thinking that if you cover your form with plastic wrap first you won't have to worry about breaking it. Seems like we used to do that with styrofoam forms.

  13. creativejewishmom.com says:

    Hi Marianne, this is fabulous! I'd love it if you'd drop by my international blog linking party and share this post@creativejewishmom.com thru tues. and please tell your friends from around the globe! Hope to see you there. all the best, Sara

  14. creativejewishmom.com says:

    Hi Marianne, this is fabulous! I'd love it if you'd drop by my international blog linking party and share this post@creativejewishmom.com thru tues. and please tell your friends from around the globe! Hope to see you there. all the best, Sara

  15. linnea-maria says:

    What a wonderful idea! This is a perfect way to transform those little doilies I never use because they have the wrong size. They would be perfect for small candle holders. Thanks for sharing this great tip. Have a wonderful week! /linnea-maria

  16. linnea-maria says:

    What a wonderful idea! This is a perfect way to transform those little doilies I never use because they have the wrong size. They would be perfect for small candle holders. Thanks for sharing this great tip. Have a wonderful week! /linnea-maria

  17. those are so fun!

  18. those are so fun!

  19. I KNEW IT COULD BE DONE!! Thank-you for proving it to me. I've had that idea in my crazy mixed up head for some time. But never tried it. I've seen the porcelian stuff on the market to do flowers. And always wondered if you could do doily's with it. And you have shown me that good old plaster could do it.
    Have you seen Maggie Weldon's site. She has a beautiful line of what I call doily bowls.
    Your work is beautiful!!

  20. What a great idea! I love this! Thanks for the directions!

  21. Michelle @ Sweet Something says:

    I've been working on this same kind of project! I've only used round ones but the battenburg lace looks awesome! Beautiful job!

  22. Marianne says:

    Mooi!

  23. Oooooooooooh – I like these. I've done something similar using Mod Podge to stiffen doilies but this looks fun and definitely gives them a different look…

  24. Victoria says:

    What a fantastic idea that is, I love it!

  25. Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage says:

    What a brilliant idea! They are so beautiful!

  26. Sonja @ Craft-Werk says:

    What a fantastic and practical way of showing off doilies which are otherwise hidden away in drawers. You are so inventive to come up with that. Great!
    Thanks for commenting on my Easter decorations ;-)

  27. ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie says:

    They add an unexpected feminine touch! So creative!!

  28. Tammy at Tattered and Timeless says:

    Those are gorgeous – you sure know how to make the best of plaster.
    I loved the barcelona post also- the lettered mural is amazing.
    Thanks for sharing it and always finding time to stop by my blog.
    tammy

  29. Oh I love this idea! I have a few old doilies that have gotten stained from spills and candles, I see a new life for them in sight. Thank you, Thank you, thank you for this great use for them.
    Rose

  30. Maya @ Completely Coastal says:

    Very lovely!!

  31. That is the coolest thing I have ever seen!

    I would love for you to link up to check me out saturdays over at my blog http://www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

  32. That is the coolest thing I have ever seen!

    I would love for you to link up to check me out saturdays over at my blog http://www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

  33. karlascottage.typepad.com says:

    Amazing!! My sis did this with starch years and years ago, but I'd never have thought of using plaster. Way cool!

  34. karlascottage.typepad.com says:

    Amazing!! My sis did this with starch years and years ago, but I'd never have thought of using plaster. Way cool!

  35. i have two vintage doilies sitting in storage, made by great grandmother. now i have a project for them. thank you!

  36. i have two vintage doilies sitting in storage, made by great grandmother. now i have a project for them. thank you!

  37. Nessimonster says:

    Oh my gosh!!!! This is another lovely project! (I am personally crowning you the Queen of Plaster!!!) Must try this!!!

  38. Kimbo West says:

    This is amazing! love it! coming over from todays creative blog!

  39. Marianne,
    I featured your potter barn number planters on my Frugalicious Friday favorites post! Thanks for linkin' up…I love your doilies!!

  40. Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio says:

    I can't believe one person can be so creative and talented!

    I can't wait to try these!

    Warmly,

    Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio
    http://myshabbystreamsidestudio.blogspot.com/

  41. Kim -today's creative blog says:

    great Idea!

  42. This is such a cool idea. I love it.

  43. JulieChats says:

    Thanks for sharing! I want to try this with some doilies my grandma made.

    Stopping by from Today's Creative! Just signed up to follow you. Stop by my scrapbooking blog when you get a chance http://juliechats.blogspot.com I'm always looking for a few more crafty followers!

  44. Sarah and Jack says:

    I love this.

  45. Anonymous says:

    SUPER cool!!! I will be trying this soon.thks for sharing.

  46. alwayslearning says:

    now that is really great. I'm going to have to keep plaster in mind as a medium

  47. so pretty! I can't wait to try this!! thanks!

  48. Susie Jefferson says:

    Marianne – you never cease to amaze and delight! I'm posting about this on my blog!

    You certainly are into white these days – and I adore what you are doing with it.

    BTW, love your 2-col layout.

  49. VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier says:

    Lieve Marianne!-)*

    Je bent zo grote talent,my hemel!!!
    Ik was trillerig toen ik het aan het kijken was…

    You are wonderful,wonderful creative bird!!!

    Veel liefs en een lente zonetje for jou Marianne,

    ***Violetta***

  50. Absolutely gorgeous, thanks for the tutorial….

  51. Berit Berndes Raymer says:

    Great project! How about spraying the item you use as a form with non-stick cooking spray, or rubbing just a little oil on it to prevent sticking?

    Berit

  52. Pieces of Dreams says:

    I absolutely love these and the roses! I can see I am going to be visiting for a long time, because I am so fascinated! (By the way, is the "plaster", plaster of paris?

    In the meanwhile, I think I will make some more coffee and continue for a while.

    Thank you so much, Karen

  53. Pieces of Dreams says:

    I absolutely love these and the roses! I can see I am going to be visiting for a long time, because I am so fascinated! (By the way, is the "plaster", plaster of paris?

    In the meanwhile, I think I will make some more coffee and continue for a while.

    Thank you so much, Karen

  54. Crafty Dawn says:

    I love your project I have been looking for doilies for months in Charity shops etc can't find any any where :0( but when I do i may well give this a go!

    Love Dawn xx

  55. Crafty Dawn says:

    I love your project I have been looking for doilies for months in Charity shops etc can't find any any where :0( but when I do i may well give this a go!

    Love Dawn xx

  56. Queen of Dreamsz says:

    Hello,

    This is my first visit. I found you via Susie at 1st Floor Flat. She linked to your tutorial.

    These are so pretty and the skies the limit…now I do have a question..How easily does the plaster come off of the mold you've used? Does it wash off with warm water?

    Drop by when you have a moment..

    Hugs,
    Stephanie ♥

  57. Queen of Dreamsz says:

    Hello,

    This is my first visit. I found you via Susie at 1st Floor Flat. She linked to your tutorial.

    These are so pretty and the skies the limit…now I do have a question..How easily does the plaster come off of the mold you've used? Does it wash off with warm water?

    Drop by when you have a moment..

    Hugs,
    Stephanie ♥

  58. Great idea, it remembers me on what my mum and grandmother did in earlier years. They did the same with very strong sugarwater and got the same results even a bit more in the details, because you can't see any plaster.
    Thanks for showing it, so good old feelings come up again ;-)
    Kind regards,
    Marij

  59. Great idea, it remembers me on what my mum and grandmother did in earlier years. They did the same with very strong sugarwater and got the same results even a bit more in the details, because you can't see any plaster.
    Thanks for showing it, so good old feelings come up again ;-)
    Kind regards,
    Marij

  60. {Bellamere Cottage} says:

    Oh my goodness….how clever is that? I have a hunch you'll be seeing them all over bloggville now!

    Not sure what kind of plaster to use? Is that just plain old plaster of paris?

    Can't wait to try this..

    Hugs,
    Spencer

  61. That is gorgeous!

  62. Marianne. OMG those are beautiful. I love the candle one. What a simple idea.

  63. How creative is that! Adorable!!

  64. Alison @ Stretch My Check says:

    Love it! Great idea and the white would be great in my dining room. Now, I just have to search out a doily!

  65. Omygoodness…how clever you are! I love the doilies and plaster!
    Jana

  66. freckled laundry says:

    Yep. This did it. You're officially going into my blog roll. Very creative!

    Hugs,
    Jami

  67. This is such a cool creative idea. I can't wait to start dipping some things! I love pinecones and would love to see how that turns out. I really want to try coloring the plaster as well! Thanks for the inspiration.

  68. Yes a like also that tecnic. very nice blog you have. <3 I have aldo LOTS of projects going on. You can see them in my blog

    http://www.allofirina.com

  69. I'm going to use this idea for centerpieces for my daughter's "Vintage Hollywood" themed wedding! …with the plaster roses too! Thanks for the inspiring ideas :)
    …hmmmm, do you think the plaster would take some spray paint?

  70. Katelyn says:

    I just picked up some old doilies at the antique mall…HAVE to try this!!

  71. Katty's cosy cove says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. ~Have a wonderful day and keep yourself crafty~

  72. Deborah says:

    This is fantastic!!
    Love it!!
    How pretty is that?!!!
    Thanks so much for the tutorial!!

    Deborah xo

  73. Anonymous says:

    I am off to a second hand shop tomorrow to look for old doilies. Thanks for sharing! I might even try this with some colourful scarves!

  74. One Charming Thing says:

    Thank you! I can't wait to try this! And I just happen to have a new carton of plaster in my studio! Yay!

    Sheila

  75. Lucy Beliveau says:

    Finally! Thank you for this terrific idea! I have quite a few family heirloom doilies and now I finally know what to do with them! You are a genious!!!

    • Marianne Songbird says:

      Wow, a genius, I haven’t had that compliment much. Good luck and have fun playing with plaster and doilies.

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