Henry and I picked up these little starched doily baskets a few months ago at
The minute we arrived at home with them I decided I wanted to make some (go figure!). I finally got around to it today, and this is how they turned out:
I machine stitched the random bits of lace and fabric on first, then soaked the doilies in papier mache paste (the standard version: 5 cups boiling water + 1 cup cold water mixed with 1/4 cup flour) and molded them onto bowls covered in foil. Next (because I like instant gratification) I put them in the oven at 200 degrees for a few hours to dry. They are stiff enough to hold lightweight items (hair rubberbands next to the bed and receipts on my desk) but would not be able support too much weight.
Looking for alternative methods I searched "doily bowl project" and the first one on the list was from design*sponge and suggested a product called Paverpol. This method looks far superior to mine and I would like to try it, as well as liquid starch. Has anyone tried either of these?