Doilies are dainty. Candles are romantic. Burlap is rustic. Here I’ve combined all of them to make these romantic doily luminaries that would be perfect on your Valentine’s Day table or even as a wedding reception accent. Play around with different ribbons, buttons, twine and burlap while experimenting with various doily designs as well. This is one of my favorite adult crafts on the blog!
I found my doilies at the thrift store for about $0.35 each. I tried paper doilies but they aren’t as pretty and they are solid in the center, missing the lovely designs that real doilies possess. Because I only had a few doilies on hand, I only put them on one side of the jar, however you could place them on both sides if you like. They look lovely on their own or with a lit tea light glowing inside.
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Check out the video of these beautiful luminaries below!
Burlap and Doily Luminaries
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You will need:
- Glass jars
- Adhesive spray (like Elmer’s Craft Bond)
- crocheted doilies
- Twine, buttons, and/or ribbon
Make sure your jars are clean and dry. Spray the doily with adhesive spray. Commenter, Peechee, suggested spraying the doily rather than the jar (as seen in the photo above) to avoid having dust particles cling to the glass where the doily doesn’t touch. I think that’s an excellent idea. While I haven’t tried it myself another visitor did confirm that spraying the doily works great.
I actually tried this project with paper doilies first and I DID spray the paper doily and then place it on the jar. No idea why I didn’t do that with the real doily. The only problem I could see would be that the doily might flop onto itself causing it to stick to itself. So maybe instead spray the doily, leave it on the table, then place the jar onto the doily.
Tips for making doily luminaries:
- Look for doilies at thrift stores and garage sales
- If you prefer, you can brush one side of the doily with white glue or Mod Podge instead of using spray adhesive
- Battery operated tea lights can be used in place of real candles
- If using real candles, use a long handled lighter for easy lighting inside the jar
- If you like, use empty jelly and mayonnaise jars for this project
Place the doily onto the jar and position it, making sure it’s not bunched up anywhere. Press in place.
Spray the rim with adhesive, then wrap the jar rim with burlap.
You can also wrap the rim with pretty ribbon then tie a piece of twine around the rim as well. Tie them both in a bow.
Another option is to use the canning jar lid, then wrap that with twine or loose threads from your burlap. Thread two of the ends through a button and tie in a knot.
More you might like:
- Have leftover doilies? Try these sweet little Doily Tealight Holders for a wedding or for your home!
- If you want something beautiful for the winter months, try my winter luminaries using snow paint.
- If you like the frosted look, these recycled jars have a gorgeous soft glow.
- If you feel truly adventurous, this mosaic luminary has the look of stained glass using special paints.
- You might also like these wedding guestbook burned wood pieces, perfect for a rustic wedding.
- If you are using recycled jars, these tips on how to remove odors from jars are very helpful.
- These paper bag lace luminaries are beautiful and would be great for the holidays.
- For more liuminary crafts check out my luminary and mason jar Pinterest board.
Burlap & Doily Luminaries
- Glass jars
- Adhesive spray like Elmer's Craft Bond
- Twine buttons, and/or ribbon
- Make sure your jars are clean and dry.
- Hold doily up and spray one side with adhesive spray.
- Place the doily onto the jar and position it, making sure it's not bunched up anywhere. Press in place.
- Spray the rim with adhesive, then wrap the jar rim with burlap.
- You can also wrap the rim with pretty ribbon then tie a piece of twine around the rim as well. Tie them both in a bow.
- Another option is to use the canning jar lid, then wrap that with twine or loose threads from your burlap. Thread two of the ends through a button and tie in a knot.