In my guest room I’m trying to strike the perfect balance between mid-century modern gorgeousness and old-fashioned homey grandma’s house. I love modern style with all my heart, but it can get a bit clinical. I also love traditional touches, but they can get a bit frumpy. But if you put those two things together, you get magic. I needed some decorative storage to hide my junk from my guests, so I aimed for that perfect middle ground.
Doily Decorative Storage Boxes Supplies:
- Paper Mache Hatboxes With Lids
- Doilies (variety)
- Copenhagen Blue Paint
- Dark Turquoise Paint
- Leaf Green Paint
- Poppy Orange Paint
Water down your glue until it is the consistency of paint. Spread it all over the top of your lid and stick the doilies down into it. Spread more watered down glue over the top of the doily, letting it absorb it.
The doilies look best when they aren’t centered. Arrange them on your decorative boxes as close together as you can, letting them go over the edges. Cover the entire exterior with doilies and let it dry overnight.
Once it’s dry you might find, especially on thicker doilies, some spots that didn’t glue down. Come back in with a hot glue gun or regular liquid glue to get everything good and stuck. I still like using the watered down glue because it acts like a starch for the doilies at the same time as it sticks them in place, but if you’re going to be getting a lot of use out of these, a little hot glue will help the doilies stay put.
If you used really thick doilies you might have trouble getting the lids back onto your decorative storage boxes. Paper mache is nicely flexible, if you manipulate the edge you’ll soften it up until it can bend into place.
But I also really love them once I broke them up and scattered them around the room. It gives each of the colors a chance to shine and lets you see all the intricacies of the doilies.