Use stiff doilies to keep the drinks safe from uninvited insects

The following recycled items are required:

  • Lace doilies (small ones)
  • The following items are also required:
  • Glass or metal bowls (as moulds)
  • Clingfilm
  • Bottle (as a prop)
  • Powertex/ fabric stiffener
  • Blunt knife
  • Instructions:
  1. Firstly, we need to prepare the mould.  Cover the metal or glass bowl with cling wrap. Place the bowl face down on top of a bottle.  This will elevate your mould above the working surface.
  2. Work with one doily at a time.   Place the doily in the bowl and cover it with Powertex/Fabric Stiffener.  Ensure that the whole doily is saturated and if needed use your fingers to submerge it.
  3. Drape the doily evenly over the mould’s surface.  Remove any air bubbles and excess glue by stretching and smoothing it out with your fingers.
  4. Leave to dry for 8 – 10 hours.
  5. The doily must be completely dry before removing it from the mould, otherwise it will reshape. Gently remove it from the mould with a blunt knife.
  6. Place the doily on a tea cup and decorate.             Caution:        When you work with Powertex/fabric stiffener, be sure to have running water close at hand and protect your work surface. It is recommended that you wear an apron to protect your clothes.

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