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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

{back 2 basics} under the table and dreaming

 I just love Stephanie Lynn.  Her project and creativity get me drooling--I could look for hours! (and have...) I am so excited to have her here today!

I'm super thrilled to be back visiting Brown Paper Packages - Thanks so much Kierste for having me!

I'm Stephanie Lynn from Under the Table and Dreaming.

Like many, I'm a big fan of keeping things organized and always have a hard time with all the little things that don't necessarily have their own place {like all the little office supplies I like to keep on hand}

Today I'm sharing a super easy way to turn doilies into little catch-alls, perfect for corralling those tiny tidbits.

They also make super cute little candy dishes too!

Materials Needed:

Crocheted Doilies

School Glue

Bowl or Dish {to be used as a form}

Plastic Wrap

Begin by choosing a shallow bowl or dish to use as a form for creating the catch-alls. The bowls/dishes should be low and shallow and the size should be relatively close to the doily size your using.

Line the inside of the bowl or dish with plastic {cling} wrap.

Pour some school glue into a clean dish - I used plain Elmers School Glue. This time of year is the perfect time to stock up as many stores have their school supplies already on clearance.

Place the doily in the bowl and complete saturate it with the glue. It's a little messy, but best to use your hands for this part.

The doilies used should be made from cotton as they absorb the glue much better than the stiff lace doilies.

Run the doily between your fingers to remove any excess glue and place it in the form, right on top of the plastic wrap.

You can play with the sides a bit - either leaving them smooth, pinching a little ruffle, or simply folding them over the rim of the form.

Leave to completely dry 36-48 hours. {yes, this is the hardest, but crucial to get a nice stiffened shape}

Since I am a super impatient crafter, I stuck mine in the dryer.

My front load dryer has a stationary rack that speeded up this process - I just put it on extra low heat and they were completely dry in about an hour.

Once dry, pull the plastic wrap from the bowl or dish to release the doily - then slowly peel away the wrap from the doily.

Super easy - though not that quick - with results that are worth the wait.

This is great simple craft to get the little ones involved in too!

A pretty way to organize those boring supplies in a drawer or sitting on your desk - though I would much prefer mine filled some edible treats!

Thanks so much Kierste for letting me share. Hope everyone has a fabulous fall ~ Enjoy!


Love this!  I can think of more than one place I could use those, too.  Thanks so much much Stephanie Lynn!!  Don't forget to stop by Under the Table and Dreaming to say hi and see all of her other fabulous projects and ideas!


Blogger Melinda said...

Eventually these will get quite grubby. Are they washable?

October 16, 2011 at 6:41 PM  

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