Everyone else ended up with Grandma’s antiques while you got stuck with her collection of buttons and doilies! How did that happen? Previously, you might have thought you got the wrong end of that deal, but after you use those doilies to make stunning Christmas ornaments, you’ll be glad you did! Even though, long ago, every home had a doily or two, nowadays they’re rarely used. At least not in the traditional way! You’ll use them, though; you’ll use all of them because you’ll get addicted to making the simple balls that look gorgeous on the Christmas tree!
There was no specific size when it came to making doilies. Women tatted round ones, square ones, oval ones – you name it. Most of them were white or beige in color. It really doesn’t matter what color or size the doily you use for the ornament as long as it’s a round one. A large doily works better for making an ornament for a big tree but, if you have a smaller tree, choose a smaller doily. One more stipulation for the doily is that it have a solid center. That is, the center is made from a circle of cloth and the tatting is done around it. This design was always popular so these types of doilies are not hard to find.
There are many types of balls you can use to make an ornament. Choose a ball made from Styrofoam, paper mache or even yarn. Once you’ve chosen the ball it takes just a minute to make the ornament. Cut a piece of string or twine, fold it in half, then tape or glue the ends to the ball. Set the ball in the center of the cloth, with the cord facing upwards, and pull the doily up around the ball. Tie it shut with a narrow rubber band making sure you pull the cord out before applying the band. Wrap a ribbon around the top of the doily and tie a bow to conceal the rubber band. Spread the doily material which is above the rubber band to create a more finished look.
There are lots of ways to improve the look of the ornament. Use a paint marker, glitter and glue, seed beads or other materials to embellish the dainty edges of the doily. This should be done before wrapping the doily around the ball. Other embellishments which can be done after the ornament is finished include rubber stamping, gluing on beads, buttons or bows, or even drawing simple images on with a marker.
You can create assorted looks for the ornaments by using various sizes and designs of bows, using package ribbon and curling it, or making a beautiful ribbon hanger with a matching bow tied around it. The unusual ornaments are dainty and have somewhat of a Victorian look. Now that you’ve created one aren’t you glad you inherited that doily collection?