Dec 11th Ennui


Today’s Guest Blogger: Emmy, Stockholm, Sweden


Making your own Christmas decorations is possibly the best way to achieve that Christmas feeling. This year I tried a sticky but sweet (literally) DIY project : Snowflakes made of vintage doilies. A nice frosty touch to otherwise pretty dreary  and snow less winters, which is, always, what we usually get here in Stockholm.


Anyway, the snowflakes are pretty easy to make. You can find doilies at thrift shops and flea markets for pocket change.


Once you’ve found your doilies you need to make them stiff. An easy way to achieve this is to use sugar water. Just dissolve sugar in a few drops of water by boiling the mixture for a minute or two.


Once the sugar is dissolved you just let the mixture cool down for a couple of minutes and then dip your doilies in the sugar water. Squeez out the excess. Lay the doilies flat to stiffen for a couple of hours. By then you should have a bunch of frosty snowflakes.


Just thread a piece of string through each snowflake and hang in your window or christmas tree, et voilà!





14 Responses to Dec 11th Ennui

  1. Jenny at Dos Family December 11, 2009 at 10:30 #

    I love this idea.
    I think I am going to try it this weekend. Thank you for sharing Emmy!

  2. Luise December 11, 2009 at 12:16 #

    Wow, such a cool idea, I need to try this!!!

  3. Anna December 11, 2009 at 12:42 #

    I don’t have the skills to realize this, but it looks really pretty & serene!

  4. Jens December 11, 2009 at 14:27 #

    That’s fantastic..You can turn all kinds of things into wonderful decorations, with this method!

  5. mamamekko December 11, 2009 at 16:29 #

    Åå vilket fint tips!

  6. Chelsea December 11, 2009 at 20:13 #

    I am so totally doing this – in fact I think even tonight or tomorrow is the perfect time. Yay!

  7. Margrethe December 12, 2009 at 11:41 #

    I am so trying this!! Thank you for a great tip.

  8. IngenFara December 12, 2009 at 16:36 #

    Nice tips, måste testas!

  9. Lina December 13, 2009 at 21:08 #

    I’d forgot I knew about this sugar trick. Making snowflakes like this is a beautiful idea. This also made me remember my friends story about my how she, in lack of candy, tried to eat her grandmothers sweet crocheted bowls…

  10. Louis et Moi December 14, 2009 at 13:16 #

    Fantástica idea. me encanta!! haré esto con paños antiguos típicamente españoles. Un saludo!

  11. Lavender January 6, 2010 at 06:31 #

    They look lovely, like knitted snowflakes!


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