Lace lanterns are made by overlapping lace doilies on an inflated balloon and brushing fabric stiffener (or wallpaper glue, or even white glue) onto the doilies. Make sure to cover whole thing with the glue.
This would be an amazing table idea for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Add a burlap runner to a white table cloth. Use small tealight holders mixed in with pillars. Also use pillar trays for candles. Maybe add in some red for the holidays?
I have also seen similar centerpieces that use epsom salts instead of sugar. You could also sprinkle a mix of pearls/gems. Sand (or sugar), faux pearls, a 3 candle. An easy DIY wedding centerpiece idea.