Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Plaster Doily Bowl DIY

Welcome to this month's DIY Challenge, hosted by Terrie @Decorate and More with TipIn case you don't know about this DIY Challenge, on the 1st Wednesday of each month, a group of talented bloggers create something based on a theme or material that's selected by Terri! This month Terri is raising the bar with a Plaster or Concrete theme! I had made a couple of plaster cloth projects - here and here. So I thought this theme would be somewhat simple.
But after starting what I thought would be an easy plaster bowl - my first one was a complete fail! I couldn't get the plaster bowl out of the mold! It was metal! Silly me! So I looked around in my stash and saw an old doily I had gotten from Michaels a few years ago. I knew I wouldn't have a problem making a plaster doily bowl! After all, there are so many ways to stiffen and shape a doily into a bowl! And they all seemed quite easy - including using plaster!
Plaster Doily Bowl DIY
  • Plastic trash bags or newspaper for covering work surface
  • Plaster powder
  • Plastic cup for dipping plaster powder
  • Water
  • Measured cup
  • Doily
  • Plastic container for mixing
  • Stirring tools
  • Plastic gloves
  • Glass jar for draping
  • Plastic bags

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Let's start with covering your work surface with opened plastic trash bags or newspaper. I opened a couple of plastic trash bags to cover my table

This DIY is as easy as one, two, three - Following the directions on the plaster package, mix a 1/2 cup water to 1 cup plaster powder. Use a throw-away plastic cup to scoop the plaster powder out of the bag into the plastic container.

Adding enough plaster to the water and stirring together so the consistency is that of cake batter.
Dip the doily into the plaster mixture, soaking the doily and making sure the doily is completely covered.
 Squeeze out the excess plaster mixture and drape over the bottom of the upside down glass container.

Smooth out the doily over the jar, removing any wrinkles especially along the scalloped edges.
 I wanted the bowl to flair out a bit, so I rolled up some plastic store bags and placed them under the crochet scalloped edges. Leaving it on the bowl overnight to allow it to completely dry and harden. 
Once dry, the doily was easily removed from atop of the glass container. 

PS, I was finally able to remove the first plaster bowl from the metal mold. Perhaps I will share that one in a future post.
Looks beautiful!
For decorative purposes only!
Great for packaged candies!

Be sure to check out all of the wonderful concrete or plaster projects from the participants in this month DIY Challenge:


             Decorate and More with Tip


         Purple Hues and Me


            Patina and Paint




  1. That turned out so pretty. This would make a great Mother's Day Gift.

  2. I would of never of thought about using plaster powder but wow did your doily bowl turn out to be perfect. I agree with Denise, it would be a perfect gift for anyone! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. What a clever idea .. Turned out so good and so cute

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