Okay, so back in MAY, I was asked to write a tutorial for my doily lanterns – it was supposed to be published in a bridal magazine’s online tutorial section. Awesome right? So I took pictures and wrote the tutorial and figured I’d direct you all to it, but um . . . I don’t think they ever did anything with it. I can’t find it anywhere and my contact person seems to have fallen off of the face of the Earth – I’ve written so many emails and have never heard back. I’m guessing she was an intern who has moved on with her life. But anyway, I believe sufficient time has passed and I’m just gonna throw it up here, ’cause I love you all and I was never paid for it and I know you’re dying to make your own doily lanterns. And so, here you go!
For each lantern you will need:
- 2 identical doilies with scalloped edges
- Straight pins, if necessary
- 1 skein embroidery floss
- 1 metal ring
- 1 yd of ribbon (1” wide or smaller)
- Craft pliers
- Sugar starch (see recipe below)
Step One: Dip one doily into the sugar starch – completely coating the entire surface of the doily. Spread onto an upside-down mixing bowl, being careful to keep the doily centered and even. Tip: cover the bowl in plastic wrap first for easier clean-up. If your doily is wider than the bowl, crimp the doily to fit, using pins to keep in place.
Step Two: Once the doily is completely dry (could take 1 – 2 days), remove from the bowl – the doily will keep the rounded shape. Repeat Steps One and Two with the second doily.
Step Three: With a needle and thread, stitch together both doily “bowls”, matching scalloped edges, creating a globe.
Step Four: Weave the ribbon in and out of the gaps created by the scalloped edges of the doilies. Cut away any excess ribbon, stitch ends together and shift the ribbon slightly so your ends are hidden inside of the doily globe.
Step Five: To create a tassel, cut about 6” of embroidery floss from the skein. Wrap the length of floss about 1” from the top of the skein a few times and knot. Cut across the bottom of the skein and fluff the ends. With the craft pliers, slightly pry open the metal ring – insert into the looped end of your tassel and around a thread in the bottom of your doily globe. Close the metal ring with the pliers.
Step Six: With scissors, cut a circle in the bottom of one doily “bowl”. Hang with string or wire.
Et voila – doily lanterns!
Sugar Starch Recipe
- 1/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
Mix water and sugar in a small pan. Stir the mixture over low heat (do not boil) until clear and smooth. Remove pan from heat, and let mixture cool.