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DIY Post: Doily Bowls!

(A Special Guest Post from our Australian Friend and Blogger Sam at ittybittypolkadot Blog)

Whether it’s been crocheted by someone you love, salvaged from a thrift store, or passed down from your Grandmother; each doily has a special story to tell. Their intricate patterns and design epitomize vintage charm.

But what if these antiques could be modernized into something that is not only practical, but a delightful addition to your decor?
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What you need:

Doily – any shape, size, or color
Fabric Stiffener
Bowl – the shape of this will determine the shape of your doily bowl
Spare bowl – used for dipping
Cling wrap

What to do:

Decide whether you want your doily bowl to have scalloped or flat edges. For scalloped edges, mould your doily on the inside of the bowl. Alternatively, drape your doily over an upturned bowl to create flat edges. Test out a few different bowls till you are happy with the shape it makes. Once chosen, line the inside/outside of your bowl with cling wrap.

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Pour a generous amount of fabric stiffener into your spare bowl. Dip doily into stiffener, making sure it becomes totally saturated.

Mould doily to the inside/outside of your chosen bowl.

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Allow doily to dry overnight (or a little longer if necessary). When dry, gently pull doily bowl away from the cling wrap.

And there you have it … your delightful doily turned into a beautiful bowl! Fill with anything your heart desires; spools of thread, crafty bits-n-bobs, or even vintage jewelry.
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These bowls are deceivingly simple to make. Why not make a few while you’re at it! They can add instant charm to any room or make a perfect gift when placed in a cute box.
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Whatever it is you use them for, these doily bowls are the perfect way to recycle those often outdated, vintage heirlooms, into something that can be enjoyed time & time again!

– Sam

DIY Post: Upcycled Vintage Rug

At Libby Story we are all about recycling and upcycling vintage goods. We think putting a modern twist on an object that has vintage charm is a great way to make something that’s one-of-a-kind. In this DIY, we tackle home/dorm decor with a lovely upcycled vintage rug!

STEP ONE: Tape your rug with painters tap or heavy masking tape on the areas you do not want painted.

STEP TWO: If you printed out text or shapes, cut them out with your scissors or box cutter. Once cut, you can tape your stencil on the back (or use a spray adhesive if available).

STEP THREE: Adhere your stencil to the rug where you’d like it, apply pressure and make sure all edges are secured down.

STEP FOUR: Spray your color of choice over top of your rug. Try to keep your line of spray directly over the rug, since shooting at an angle may allow paint under your stencil… Try to be patient while it dries- we know the anticipation is killer.

STEP FIVE: Peel and reveal! Then try out some other patterns and colors– like this MSU Maroon chevron print!

Here’s wishing you all happy decorating!