Doilies are dainty, burlap and twine are rustic, together they make a beautiful combination. Here I’ve put them all together to make these romantic doily luminaries. These luminaries would be perfect on your porch, mantle, or entryway, and they are gorgeous as wedding centerpieces.
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.
LOVE BURLAP PROJECTS? Be sure to try our easy to make burlap wreath for your home!
To make these beautiful doily luminaries you will need the following supplies. If you have ribbon on hand there’s no need to buy extra, unless of course you are making these for a wedding centerpiece!
I originally used burlap around the rim of one of my luminaries but when remaking these went with some pretty lace and sheer ribbon. You can also see how vintage doilies look compared to crocheted doilies (see photo below).
You will need:
- Glass jars – you can purchase mason jars, or use recycled jars from jelly and mayonnaise.
- Adhesive spray (like Elmer’s Craft Bond)
- crocheted doilies – I prefer the way that vintage doilies look, but any type of crocheted doily will work!
- Burlap (or lace, sheer ribbon, etc)
- Twine, buttons, and/or ribbon
Make sure your jars are clean and dry, wash them with warm soapy water and dry with a clean cloth. Spray the doily with adhesive spray.
Note: Instead of holding the doily up, leave it on the table and spray the doily, then lay 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, ribbon or twine. You can also wrap the rim with pretty ribbon then tie a piece of twine around the rim as well. Use any combination that pleases you. 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.
We absolutely love this project and think the results are just beautiful. Many readers over the years have made these rustic doily luminaries as wedding centerpieces or decorations for a bridal shower. They also make gorgeous home decor for your fireplace mantle or sitting on a table or shelf.
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 luminary crafts check out my luminary and mason jar Pinterest board.
Burlap & Doily Luminaries
- Glass jars
- Adhesive spray like Elmer's Craft Bond
- Burlap, ribbon, lace, etc
- Twine and buttons
- Make sure your jars are clean and dry.
- Lay doily on table and spray one side with adhesive spray.
- Place the jar onto the doily and press in place.
- Spray the rim with adhesive, then wrap the jar rim with burlap or ribbon.
- Tie a piece of twine around the rim if desired.
- 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.
This post was originally published on this blog onJan 4, 2011.