10 Doily Projects That Are Pretty, and Pretty Amazing

Posted by on Aug 31, 2011

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Delicate, intricate and just plain beautiful, doilies are the perfect fodder for holidays and weddings. But don't merely set them on tables, as these aesthetic and functional objects have long been used. Rethink them. Use antique doilies — found at most flea markets and thrift stores — or paper doilies as launching points for other amazing crafts, like this doily-imprinted clay plate. 

Check out Sodapop Design for full instructions on the clay plate. (Warning: They're in German! But the step-by-step images should give you a good idea of the exact how-to, no translator needed.)

Doily cupcake wrappers
Intimate Weddings
Cupcake Wrappers

If you've jumped on board the cupcake bandwagon and plan to have the tiny cakes at your wedding or fete, add a touch of DIY with these intricate-looking wrappers. You'll need paper doilies, scissors, a glue stick and, of course, some delicious cupcakes. 
Get the template for these wrappers on Intimate Weddings
Lace lamp
Dos Family
Beautiful Lace Lamp 

Start scouring antique stores for fabric doilies — this piece of decor is one bright idea you'll want to recreate. Apply a paper mache technique (think a blown-up balloon and wallpaper paste) to make the shell. Once dry, use a cord and lamp fitting, plug in and bask in the antique-y glow of your creation. 
Find the full how-to on Dos Family.
Doily wedding garland
Emily O Photography
DIY Wedding Garland

This find from a vintage country-themed wedding made us swoon. It's so simple, yet so elegant and truly charming. 
Peruse more pictures from this DIY wedding at Elizabeth Anne Designs.
Doily statement bangles
Country Living
Statement-Making Bangles

Combining two textures turns an ordinary bracelet into an accessory worthy of attention. Simply adhere a strip of lace doily to a plastic bangle with hot glue. Extra points to the vintage-savvy crafter who finds both materials at her local thrift or flea store!
See this project and more at Country Living.


Screen print doily
Screen Print the Design

For the more masterful crafters: Screen print a doily onto various textiles like T-shirts, tote bags or tea towels. Or print a contrasting fabric and sew it up into a pillow cover, like this adorable Etsy item. (Note: exact pillow is no longer available).
Take a closer look and get inspired for your own design at Kaboodle.  
Doily holiday cards
Lee L on Two Peas in a Bucket
Perfect Holiday Cards

Use disposable doilies in your paper crafts. Layer them with different shades to create cards, scrapbook pages and gift wrap. We love how these Christmas cards conjure up snowflakes and nostalgic holidays of yesteryear. 
Take a closer look at these cute cards and get the full materials list on Two Peas in a Bucket.
Lace doily necklace
Rebekah J Murray
Floral Necklace

Once you've found the lace doily of your dreams, consider yourself half done with this easy project. Lay the doily down flat, plan what design you want the focal point of the necklace to be and make sure all four loopholes are at the top for the chain. Then, carefully cut out the design with fabric scissors. The unique clasp on this specific necklace — a sole typewriter key — adds yet another touch of unexpected vintage flair. 
For step-by-step pictures and downloadable instructions, head to Elizabeth Anne Designs.
Paper doily patterned cookies
Bliss in Images
Patterned Cookies

Imagine being gifted these adorable cookies on Valentine's Day. So cute! Press paper doilies in the not-textured dough of your choice, cut into hearts and bake accordingly. 
It may look easy, but make sure to follow the tips to get the best doily cookies, available on Bliss in Images. 
Easy doily art
Tangente Designs
Easy Artwork

It's simple: Lay the doilies flat in some plain, double-pane frames and let the artisan-inspired works speak for themselves. 
See this project and then some at Tangente Designs.


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