Paper Doily Bowls

I saw these crochet doily bowls on Pinterest and fell in love. 

f106f7f28bd344db94be231e260edb6f Sweet Something Designs

I can’t crochet, so I looked online to order some. They were a little too pricey for me, but I still wanted some.  

Then it hit me! Paper doilies. They are cheap. They come in different sizes. They are sold at a store in my county. I live out in the country. It’s a big deal for something to be sold at a store that is close to me. 

I think mine are cute in their own way. 

IMG_0512Here’s how I made them. 

Whatcha Need


  •  Paper Doilies (mine came in a variety pack for $1!)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Balloons
  • Marbles
  • Cups or bowls
  • Tissue Paper (not pictured)
  • Scissors (not pictured)

Putting It All Together

IMG_0456 1) Insert a marble or two inside the balloon. This adds weight and helps to balance it while it is drying. 

Please don’t look at my nails. I was doing some yard work that day and got them all dirty and torn. 

IMG_04602) Blow the balloons up. I wanted three different sizes so, I blew the balloons up three different sizes. 

IMG_04613) Fold a doily into quarters. 

IMG_04624) Open and cut along the creases, just about to the center. 

IMG_0466This helps you to overlap the doily and make it easier to shape into a bowl. 

IMG_04685) Paint some Mod Podge on the bottom of the balloon. 

IMG_04696) Lay the doily onto the balloon. 

IMG_04707) Paint some Mod Podge along one side of one section of the doily. Also, paint under it so it will stick to the balloon. 

IMG_04728) Overlap the section next to it and Mod Podge it into place. See the “lacy” part of the doily? I didn’t even try to get this to lay against the balloon. I didn’t put any Mod Podge on it either. Just the cut edges were glued to the balloon. Does that make sense? 

IMG_04739) I realized, once I got the doily onto the balloon, that it wasn’t going to be quite enough to be a sturdy bowl. I decided to cut some tissue paper into small squares and Mod Podge them on. I did several layers of tissue paper.  Because of all the layers, I let them dry for a couple of days before I popped the balloons. 

IMG_0475On the second and third bowl I used two doilies. (The first by accident because they stuck together.) If you use two or more doilies, make sure you separate the layers to apply Mod Podge. I still added tissue paper to the bottom to sturdy it up.

10) To separate from the balloons, simply pop the balloons. At first, I thought I had totally messed these up. The bowl curled in with the balloon, but as it separated from the balloon, it went right back into shape. I also had to pick some of the dried Mod Podge off the bowl.  

IMG_0513 Here is the largest bowl. The grass is just cut up tissue paper. 

IMG_0514The middle-sized bowl. The eggs are candy. 

IMG_0515The small bowl. I really wanted something to show the reason for the season. My Man had this cross on his key ring. I will have to remember to give it back. I used half an egg to represent the empty tomb and a piece of folded cloth and some strips for the burial cloth Jesus wore and left behind when He left the tome ALIVE! 

IMG_0518 Here is a side view of the bowls. 

The bottoms were rounded and I had to flatten them just a little. A small push did the trick. 

They are not quite the same and the crochet bowls. I will have to get may daughter, who is a crocheting machine, to make me some doilies. She’ll probably make herself some then ask me to make them into bowls. That’s a fair trade.

I had fun making these bowls! I hope you do too! 


About Jayne

I am a housewife desperate to give my heart and home to the Lord. I like to share with others what the Lord has taught to me. Taking care of my family and home are my passion. I like to craft and decorate and to share the ideas I come across with others. I try to find ways to incorporate crafting and decorating with sharing my faith in Jesus.
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4 Responses to Paper Doily Bowls

  1. pattisj says:

    They turned out quite well! Looks like a lot of work, I might rather learn to crochet! LOL

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