Struggling to figure out some crafts with lace doilies? I don’t know about you, but I am ever so slightly obsessed with vintage doilies. So much so that I have been scouring the internet for crafts with lace doilies, so I can start actually using some of them.
My collection grows larger month by month.
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If I find any in flea markets, charity shops or car boot sales, I grab them.
Another perfect place to locate them is eBay.
Oh my goodness, I’ve found so many great job lots of doilies there!
15 Fascinating Crafts With Lace Doilies You Should Make Immediately!
1. Spray Painted Votives Using Paper Doilies
This is such a great craft that can be done in under 10 minutes! Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or a special holiday gathering, we all know that lighting is key. Learn an easy way to transform plain glass votives using paper doilies and spray paint – perfect for adding sparkle to a dinner table or cozy nook.
2. Doily Light Shade
All you need for this DIY are some regular balloons, your collection of vintage lace doilies and some of this strong tacky glue or even mod podge!
How fabulous is this tutorial?
It creates such a lovely pattern around the room.
You could set up a production line and even do these projects with the kids.
With water based glue like this stuff, it should be fine and easy enough to clean up.
And then the kids can get more balloons!
3. DIY Doily Collar
The DIY Doily collar was created for a children’s top, but I’m certain you could find larger doilies for your clothes. This tutorial blew my mind, and I am going to do this to some of my tops! I do suit a collar, even if I do say so myself.
4. Easy Plant Holder
If you have a small plant in a jar then this doily hanging planter is adorable!
5. Vintage Doily Cloche Covers
I created a DIY Doily bowl tutorial back in 2011 (removed due to quality) but it was published in a few magazines here in the UK, and this is the upside down version!
How simple is that?!
6. DIY Tea Light Holders
Again, using a balloon, mod podge and your vintage doilies could make a beautiful large tea light holder.
To avoid fires, I would use battery operated tea lights. Better to be safe!
They look absolutely stunning and make a great tablescape.
7. Doily Covered Lampshade
How fabulous does this lampshade look?
I love the style, I created something similar this year using blue rosette lace fabric.
To See How To Make Your Own Shabby Chic Light You can view the tutorial here.
I am very tempted to create a similar version using thicker vintage doilies.
8. Wrapped Candle Lanterns
Not a DIY Tutorial but it is a very simple project.
You will need some lengths of vintage cotton lace, a tall glass hurricane lamp like these and some spray adhesive or mod podge.
9. Doilies In Window Frames as Art
I have been scouring the internet for vintage window frames here in Northern Ireland, and I’ve had no luck whatsoever.
It’s possible that I would have to go around junk yards and old garages.
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I wish I could get a fog horn to get people’s attention! “GIVE ME YOUR OLD WINDOWS!”
The project using lace doilies as a form of decorative art is absolutely stunning, even better if you get the windows for free!
10. Vintage Doily Sewing Machine Cover
I used a large, vintage pillowcase and a big vintage doily! It was a very easy DIY project to do and I learned all of my sewing skills over at CreativeBug so I encourage to take the 2 month free trial!
11. Doily and Pearl Wreath
This is one of those projects that makes your eyes go out on stalks. I love what Something Creative Everyday has done with this wreath.
Well, it does if you love the shabby chic style.
I adore it, and I will definitely be making one of these! T
o make the wreath shape I’m going to have to invest in some pipe cover/pool noodles, a wooden dowel, a glue gun and duct/gaffer tape.
Like this, from The Art Of Doing Stuff
12. Doily Cushion Tutorial
Hand stitching or even using this type of fabric glue to attach a vintage doily to a cushion cover is the easiest DIY on this list.
It could take you less than 5 minutes to make and will definitely add to your decor!
13. Doily Clay Bowls
Trinket dishes made of clay are some of my favourite tutorials online!
There are so many possible ways to make some and I adore this idea of creating the outline of the doily as well as using the pattern.
Did you know you can make your own air dry clay using cornflour/cornstarch and bicarbonate of soda?
Cracks can appear as it dries but if you wet your finger and rub it over the cracks, then the smooth out.
Related: How To Make Air Dry Clay
14. Vintage Doily Wall Art Board
This is a simple and very effective DIY, I think it looks fabulous, and I would be more than happy to display this in my home.
Especially if I had some of those beautiful shabby/distressed shutters as props!
15. Doily Snowflake Bowl
I am completely smitten with this bowl!
As long as you have a great shape to use as a mould, you will be able to create beautiful bowls.
I absolutely hate balloons, and I am terrified of them.
As someone who suffers from anxiety, the prospect of a loud bang makes my heart go a mile a minute.
No, thank you.
I would only locate a bowl shape that I like and use cling film to protect it.
What was your favourite DIY project featured today?
There are so many easy crafts with lace doilies you can make, so go get your stash ready!
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