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Make Dessert Cloche the Easy Way – with Stiffy!

Use Mod Podge Stiffy to create unique doily dessert cloche – perfect in place of glass cloches! These are so pretty and easy to make.

Make Dessert Cloche the Easy Way

Here’s the deal. I bought these adorable itty bitty cake plate stands a few months ago, and I have been itching to find them adorable glass cloche pieces for the top. I have searched and searched in vain.

Then I thought, maybe I could somehow make them? Well, I am not a glass artisan, but I sure know how to use fabric stiffener! I am dying over how cute they turned out, and I can’t wait to put them into action at a party!

Mod Podge Stiffy, colorful doilies, and glass handles

DIY Dessert Cloche

Here’s what you need to make a crochet cake plate cloche of your own:

I found the glass knobs and crochet doilies at Michaels in their dollar section. They just happen to work perfectly for my cake plates, but doilies come in all different sizes.

You can also make a larger version that just sits on a dinner plate. You don’t even need the cake plate!

Applying Mod Podge Stiffy to a doily laid over a bowl

To get started, lay your crochet doily over the plastic bowl, placing the center of the doily on the top center of the bow.

Brushing Mod Podge Stiffy onto the doily

Next, use your paintbrush and Mod Podge fabric stiffener to give the doily a thick even coat. If it helps, you can even use your fingers to rub it in to make sure it gets everywhere. You want to use it liberally, but not have it dripping either.

Stiffy drying on doilies

Set your bowls aside, and let the Mod Podge Stiffy dry for twenty-four hours. You will know it’s completely dry when you lift it off the bowl and it remains stiff. If your fabric still has movement, add more Stiffy and wait for it to dry again.

Trimming the edges of the doilies with a pair of scissors

My doily dessert cloche had a scalloped edge that I didn’t want as part of the finished project. I think it’s cute either way, I just wanted mine to have a straight line.

I used scissors next to trim the doily so that it had an even edge. Again, it’s a personal preference, so do whatever makes your heart happy!

Attaching the handles to the doilies

After your doily is dry and ready to go, just use a dab of hot glue to attach the glass hardware to the top. The glass hardware does come with long 2” screws, but in order to use them you would have to cut your screws down to about ¼” to 1/2”.

It’s really hard to cut screws without ruining the threading, so I didn’t use them at all. If you are worried about it not holding up, you can pick up shorter knob screws at Home Depot.

DIY dessert covers from doilies

That’s it, just place your crochet cloche on top of your cake stand or dinner plate, and you are ready to go!

If you want to have an actual cloche that keeps out bugs for an outdoor party, you could totally replicate this idea with fabric instead of a crochet doily. There’s lots of options when it comes to fabric stiffener!

DIY cloche for cake stands

Right now I am using these little lovelies in my craft room for storing favorite embellishments, but I can’t wait until I can pull them out at my next party. And I can’t want to make more projects with fabric stiffener. I am hooked!

Are you ready to see another project made with doilies? Learn how to make a doily bowl. I’d also love for you to check out these other ideas:


Friday 3rd of June 2022

Which Modpodge would be best for making a yarn bowl

I would be using leftover .

strands of Yarn and intend to wrap it around a fruit bowl as a template

The bowl would have to be rock hard once finished though

Or would wallpaper paste be better?


Friday 3rd of June 2022

Stiffy is pretty rock hard! People use Gloss Mod Podge for bowls otherwise. I don't know how the hardness compares to wallpaper paste.

Julia Macias

Thursday 5th of May 2016

This is so Cute! I already have the glass knobs and did not know what to use them for, but I do now. Off to Michaels for some doilies.

Creative Khadija

Saturday 30th of April 2016

This is a cute idea. I love the crisp of photography as well :)


Saturday 30th of April 2016

Very pretty. You can use some netting material on the doily to keep bugs out.


Friday 29th of April 2016

Seems like you could also line it with tulle if you wanted to keep the look, but keep bugs out?