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Create a chic, feminine storage gift for the girl who has everything.



  • Glass or ceramic bowl roughly the same size of the doily bowl you want to make
  • Clear plastic wrap
  • Masking tape
  • Doily of your choice — the larger the doily, the larger your bowl will be
  • Liquid starch
  • An additional bowl to hold the starch


  1. Wrap the entire outside of your bowl, including the bottom, with the clear plastic wrap.
  2. Tape down the plastic wrap on the inside of the bowl to ensure that it stays in place.
  3. Pour liquid starch into the extra bowl, about halfway full.
  4. Completely submerge the doily into the bowl of starch.
  5. Let the doily soak for about 1 minute in the starch, then ring out the excess starch into the same bowl (you can reuse this starch to make multiple doily bowls). The more starch you ring out of the doily, the quicker it will dry but the less stiff it will be. The less starch you ring out, the more remains in the doily resulting in a longer drying time but a stiffer bowl.
  6. Place the starched doily over the plastic-covered bowl, carefully lining up the bottom of the doily with the center of the bowl. Gently push down and around the doily to mold it to the form of the bowl.
  7. Allow it to dry completely. The drying time depends on the amount of starch still in the doily, the size, the humidity level and the temperature. It’s a good idea to allow at least 24 hours to dry completely, but sometimes more time is necessary.
  8. When the doily is completely dry and stiff to touch, hold the bowl with the inside facing up and remove the tape that held down the clear plastic wrap. Lift the plastic and doily from the bowl and carefully separate the two.

Photos by Emily Lie

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