How to make Stiffy bowls from doilies

How to make Stiffy bowls from doiliesI’ll have to admit, I was a little afraid of Mod Podge Stiffy. There was the great yarn ball incident of 2010. But I also know something, which is that I’m not the perfect crafter . . . and there’s plenty of user error “up in hur.” I decided I needed to give it another chance. And let me tell you friends, it’s not hard to use at all – and now I wanted to stiffen everything (tee hee)! Just take a peek at my tutorial below and you’ll see how easy it is. You can stiffen all sorts of things with the same method.

Gather These Supplies

  • Doilies, any size – I got mine from the $1 Michaels bins
  • Mod Podge Stiffy
  • Aluminum foil or plastic wrap (or both)
  • Real bowls a little larger than the bowl size you want to make
  • Small plastic container

IMG_3360Here are the bowls that I used. I figured that with the larger bowl I could make a doily bowl with no lip (the pink doily), and with the smaller bowl I could add the lip (the yellow doily). I wasn’t sure exactly what that meant, but that was my idea.

IMG_3361Next step was to cover the real bowls with aluminum foil – make sure you cover the whole thing so you don’t get an Stiffy on your bowls.

20140225_091142Then squeeze the Mod Podge Stiffy into your plastic bowl. Make sure there is enough to fully coat your doilies. You don’t need to go overboard.

IMG_3362This is the fun part! Add your doily to the Stiffy and smoosh it around – don’t you love getting your hands dirty? Take it out of the Stiffy and squeeze out the excess.

IMG_3363Spread your doily out on the bowl, making sure to center it. Wash your hands now.

IMG_3364I used plastic wrap to cover the cooking sheet that I placed the bowls on. You can use either aluminum foil or plastic wrap. The Mod Podge Stiffy won’t stick to it.

20120103_032739Here’s how I left them to dry. You can see that the yellow one overlaps the bowl I bit, so I laid it out to have a little lip. Let dry overnight. And then in the morning . . .

How to make Stiffy bowls from doiliesyou’ll have real Stiffy bowls made from doilies! These were pretty rock hard and could even hold candy. I was thrilled. What should I Stiffy next? I can’t wait to start my next project!


  1. Kia says

    Thanks! This is just in time for spring. I was thinking of doing some mini baskets with treats for the kids, and this would work great.