I just love doilies. We always had them lying around the house growing up and I remember setting the table with them on special occasions like Valentines Day and Christmas. Who knew something I viewed as old fashioned and frilly as a child would turn out to be one of my favorite craft items as I got older? I’ve seen them used as pinched flowers glued to to branches, hanging on garlands, printined invitations, traced on cakes, and know as pattern on a platter. Laurie, these are so fun. Thank you again!


What You’ll Need
Terracotta Saucers
Spray Paint (two colors)
Paper Doilies (smaller in diameter than your saucers)
Spray Adhesive
Newspaper or Butcher Paper (to cover your work surface)
Candles, Blooms and Leaves (to trim your saucer)
Latex Gloves
Respirator/ Mask
Terracotta Saucers are available at craft stores, home improvement stores, and garden supply stores and Ikea.
 Paper doilies are found at party supply stores, and craft stores. (look in the cake decorating section).
Ikea has just about the best prices on candles.
For this project, you should work outside, or in a well ventilated
space.    When using spray paint and spray adhesives,  it’s best
to protect yourself with a respirator mask.   Please follow all safety
instructions on spray cans.
1. Start by covering your work surfaces with newspaper or butcher paper.
2. Place you saucer face down, put on your gloves and mask,  and
spray paint the bottom and sides of the saucer using either of your two
colors.    Allow time to dry and apply a second coat if needed.   (see
fig 1)
3.  When the saucer has dried, flip it over, and paint the front
side using the lighter paint.  Apply a second coat if needed and allow
to dry.
4.  You’ll be using the doilies as your stencil for the trays.
You can use a whole one, or you can take your scissors and carefully
cut away the center, and just use the lacy border.     (see figure 2)
5.  Take your doily and lay it upside down on your protected work
surface.   Spray a light coat of spray adhesive on the back of the
doily.  (see figure 3)
6.   Allow the adhesive to dry for a minute, then place it in the
center of your dry, painted saucer, and smooth it down.   (see figure 4)
7.  Using your darker paint color,  spray a coat on the saucer,
over the doily stencil.  Keep the can parallel to the saucer as you
spray.    Touch up, or spray a second coat if needed.  (see figure 6)
8.  Let the saucer set for a few minutes, then carefully lift your
doily stencil to reveal your lacy pattern.  (see figure 7)      (You
will be able to use your stencil for several more saucers.  Just allow
it to dry between uses, and  spray a little more adhesive on the back
if it starts to lose it’s stick. )
9.   Place a cluster of candles on your saucer and trim with loose blooms and foliage.
What it Cost:
Terracotta Saucers  $1 for small, $4 – $6 for large
Spray Paint –  $4.99 per can
Paper Doilies – $2.49 for a pack of 12
Candles – 9.99 for a pack of 5 (Ikea)


Comments (7)

wedding chicks | Reply

aw most adorable dollies ever (:

bonnie tsang | Reply

Sometimes I wish I have better crafty fingers. The centerpieces are beautiful!

rebecca | Reply

I really, really wish there was a picture that was not so close up. I don’t want to attempt this project with out really knowing what it’s going to look like, get an idea of the possibilities.

Naomi | Reply

Wow…this is really beautiful! What a great and simple idea. This is something my girls and I can get together and do! Awesome idea!!!

Jaime | Reply

Oh…perfect! I have some doilies that I wanna use for the wedding but was thinking of another idea aside from hanging them. This is soooo beautiful! Thanks a million.

jen | Reply

I love this! But I’m al ittle confused… shouldn’t the blue part be the "holes" of the pattern, not the "border"? I want to do this adroable craft, but I want to make sure I understand. thanks!

Tracy | Reply

Genius! I absolutely love them, it’s a great inspiration.