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D.I.Y. Vintage Doily Votives by Christine Chitnis

Today Christine Chitnis from Lavender and Limes has created this beautiful project for our 18 Days Series.  These are so soft and romantic and would make perfect gifts.  Better still, they can be displayed in your home year-round!  Here's more from Christine about her project:

Here in New England, we have been experiencing the first signs of winter.  Frost creeps over the garden, night sets in around 4:30pm and our heavy coats have come out of storage.  These crisp, gorgeous days have inspired me to cozy up our home in preparation for the colder months ahead. When I go about setting a winter dinner table, I always feel that a soft glow is needed. Using some old jelly jars, a bit of hot glue and some vintage doilies, I crafted these pretty votives.


  • Vintage Doilies
  • Hot Glu
  • Jelly jar
  • Tea light candles

Wash and dry your jelly jars and find the doily that best fits each jar.  Try to use smaller doilies so that you don't have to cut them (this leads to unsightly fraying).  Place dabs of hot glue on the outer edges of your doily and wrap it securely around your jar, holding it tightly in place until the glue cools.  Wait for the glue to dry completely, make sure that the doily is secure (add more glue if needed) and place a tea light into the jar.  Strike a match and enjoy the ambiance!

Thank you so much for inspiring us with such a gorgeous project Christine.  To see more from Christine visit her: BLOG  |  PORTFOLIO

Reader Comments (15)

those are LOVELY!!

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMorielle

what a simple & sweet project! x

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. M

Wow, this is really pretty! I guess now I have something to do with all those jars I collect :)

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIva

These are sweet little lovelies.

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate-blueskybutterflystudio

these are simply beautiful. the effect is soft and gentle.

December 17, 2009 | Registered Commentergeorgina

Came across this blog through Rose Hip and just wanted to say I really like this idea! It is easy, simple and elegant. All the things I love in my projects ;)

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTayla B.

All over this. Fantastic!

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterredmenace

what a lovely idea! i'm so pleased to have discovered your wonderful blog, and have added you to my link list over at urban flea, hope you can stop by sometime!

xo katherine aka. urban flea :)

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterUrban Flea

This is such an amazing idea! I am completely infatuated with the idea of doilies these days, so I'll have to bookmark this idea for after our move! Hugs!

December 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTravelingmama

Hmmm, looks familiar:

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterblair

Thanks for your comments everyone.
@Blair - It does seem a similar project, though Christine has used Vintage Textile Doilies here and I feel the results are quite different than the lovely project seen on Design*Sponge.

December 21, 2009 | Registered CommenterEz

What a great idea! I'm definitely going to try this with a bunch of cute doilies I bought forever ago. :)

December 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

xo xo
love your bloggy blog :)

I just figured out how to use my grandma's snowflake doilies she made me over 15 years ago!

August 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShellie

Lovely idea.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentershalini

As a crocheter and doily-maker, I love to see people loving doilies, but really, ladies...cutting vintage doilies? Unsightly fraying?? We're talking hours of painstaking work, and probably made in the precious free time the lady had. That's heartbreaking. Glue them if you must, but please, don't cut them. :(

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

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