Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.
Get Inspired By These Doily Crafts!
Do you love doilies, whether made from paper or lace, but don't really know what you could do with them? Well, doilies and crafting make a perfect pair. It's really amazing to see all the various ways that you can use them. I hope you enjoy creating these delicate craft projects!
Woman's Day shares the directions to make the lace doily bowl above.
1. Vintage Doily Necklace
If you own vintage doilies or you go to estate or garage sales, this necklace is a great way to use them up. Dream up this gorgeous doily necklace at Elizabeth Anne.
2. Snowflake Garland
How beautiful and elegant is this snowflake garland? I think it's a great decorating idea for a birthday or shower party.
3. Doily Tree
A delicate tree can be made easily and inexpensively with paper doilies.There is no particular season this tree is made for, so it can be appropriate décor for a table or mantel all year round.
4. Stenciled Stool
Look how easy it is to get a beautiful "lace" stool by using a doily for a stencil! You could also use this method to stencil a tabletop or the front of a dresser.
5. Doily Mobile
Make a mobile using paper or lace doilies to decorate a bridal or baby shower. Customize your options by using colored doilies or dying them yourself. For a vintage look, brew some coffee or tea to add an aged look.
These elegant luminaries would be perfect set on a wedding table or used to dress up a bridal or baby shower.
7. Heart Wreath
This wreath is made using the paper heart doilies. So pretty! Ella Claire shares the instructions for how to put this together.
8. Lace-Covered Soap
This lace-covered soap will work in with any bathroom décor. Use colored soap or dye the doily—either way, you'll be able to find the exact right color for your home.
9. Doily Cupcake Wrappers
More wedding planners are opting for cupcakes over a cake these days. If you're going this route, use these doily cupcake wrappers for a lovely display!
10. Lacy Butterflies
Make these whimsical butterflies with either paper or lace doilies. The kids will love helping you make these creatures.
11. Table Runner
I've gone to so many garage sales where they have doilies for sale, and I wish I had purchased them. They are usually marked at 10¢ or 25—just look at how they come together to be a beautiful table runner.
12. Light Lamp
Doilies and a heavy-duty balloon are just a few of the supplies you'll need for this project. Find out how to make this hanging lamp with Dos Family.
13. Doily Sachet
Here is a simple and beautiful sachet that can be tucked in a drawer, closet, or suitcase. If you want to spruce up another area, just hang it somewhere nearby!
14. Paper Doily Lanterns
Because flameless tea lights are widely available, it's safe to make these paper doily lanterns.
15. Candle Centerpiece
Learn how to make this beautiful centerpiece for a formal affair with Martha Stewart.
16. No-Fuss Roses
How easy can it be to make these outstanding paper doily roses? I love them.
17. Doily Angels
You won't have to think too hard to come up with ideas for these little angels. The directions for these little cuties can be found at Craftown.
18. Snowflake Garland
Paper doilies make this snowflake garland an inexpensive yet beautiful decoration.
19. Simple Ornaments
You'll probably never find a simpler or easier ornament to make for your tree than this doily tree ornament. It's a great project if you need to pump out many ornaments in a short period of time.
20. Doily Stones
You can crochet the doilies to wrap the stones, or you can buy small doilies to make a wrap. For the latter, you'd need to run a row of stitching around the outside of the doily and pull the string gather the stitches and make it wrap around the stone. It's definitely a conversation starter. For the directions to put this together, go to Let's Yarnify.
21. Scented Ornament
Two matching doilies and a bit of ribbon will get you started on this ornament project.
22. Doily Luminaries
Imagine all the occasions you could use jar luminaries like these. These would be perfect for a bridal or baby shower. Afterwards, you could also place them in a nursery for a sweet touch.
How elegant and beautiful is this chandelier? I'm sure you'll think of a place to hang this beauty.
24. Easy Doily Gift Card Holder
25. DIY Basket
It's so easy to turn a rectangle doily into a beautiful fruit basket! I think it'd be an outstanding addition to your decor.
26. Lace Lantern
This lantern is a very glamorous centerpiece that makes any room feel elegant.
27. Lace Candle Holder
These little beauties are easily made using paper doilies.
28. Doily Pumpkin
Add this beautiful doily pumpkin to your fall centerpiece. This is super elegant.
29. Christmas Angel Ornament
If you love angels and doilies, you'll for sure want to make this Christmas angel ornament.
30. Paper Doily Wreath
This wreath is almost too beautiful to believe that it's made out of paper doilies, but that's how they did it!
31. Canvas Wall Art
You'll love canvas wall art featuring doily flower sprays. Go to Consumer Crafts for the tutorial.
32. Lace Envelope
So many things are more beautiful when they're made with lace, and envelopes are no exception. These can make great projects to embellish a bridal shower or wedding invitation.
33. Doily Lanterns
Whether you're decorating for a wedding, a bridal shower, a baby shower, or any other occasions, this doily lantern will be a real eye-catcher. Imagine making the lanterns in other colors for a different feel.
34. Doily Wedge Shoes
35. Hanging Doily Balls
U Create teaches you how to dye the paper doilies as well as how to make these hanging balls. I think I would press the dyed and dried doilies between two paper towels before putting everything together.
36. Valentine Wreath
This wreath is a super easy craft that, when completed, looks crisp and lovely. I think this would make a beautiful candle ring, especially if you used one of the flameless pillar candles.
37. Doily Collar
Give a plain t-shirt a designer look by adding a lace collar!
You could spend a lot of money to get this designer look, or you could make a lace lampshade yourself. If you don't have an old lampshade, consider purchasing one from a garage sale or the thrift store.
39. Crocheted Doily Pillow
When you need inexpensive yet elegant decorations, consider the crocheted doily pillow as an option.
40. Cone Ornament
Turn paper doilies into these Christmas cone ornaments. These little cones would be simple to make and use as favors on a holiday table.
41. Boho Earrings
You'll be envied by all your friends when they see you wearing beautiful earrings made from a lace doily. Imagine donning these earrings with your favorite holiday outfit.
42. Doily Tee
Find out how easy it is to make a custom designed tee shirt. This would make a great gift also.
43. Earring Display
Check out how easy it is to make this earring display. What a great idea for not only keeping your earrings separated, but also a way to enjoy the beauty of them.
44. Doily Favor Pouches
Imagine all the different ways to use these cute doily favor pouches. Great to use as a bridesmaid gift bag for jewelry items, makeup gifts or nail polishes.
45. Monogrammed Tote
This monogrammed tote is another great gift idea for a friend or bridesmaid. Choose your own style lettering and colors.
46. Dream Catcher
This is one of my favorite doily craft ideas. A beautiful dream catcher is a thoughtful gift or to a fantastic wedding decoration.
© 2012 Loraine Brummer
Let Us Know You've Been Here - please leave a comment
KGAnony on August 31, 2020:
There are some beautiful projects here! There is one thing that bothers me, though. The article shows what you are calling a "Dream Catcher". Unfortunately, you can't really say that accurately, or considerately. I guess it's really a "Native American-inspired wall hanging", which isn't nearly as catchy and a lot more to write. But it is more descriptive and respectful.
Yvonne sharpe on June 08, 2019:
Nice ideas. But not what I was searching for. It's something that teachers used to buy the old doilies to use for something in crafts . They would get the pattern of. The doilies and work something with it. I don't know what they did. It was a teacher from Alberta who came to a garage sale and bought the whole bunch. For her school .
anonymous on September 08, 2013:
@anonymous: so with you
acreativethinker on January 26, 2013:
These doilies are simply lovely. Take Care :)
anonymous on October 05, 2012:
Very interesting but not exactly what I was looking for. Nice website though.
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on June 05, 2012:
Wow I love the chandelier as well as the lighted wreath. It is hard to tell that these items are made from paper doilies they are gorgeous.
jolou on April 20, 2012:
I love anything with lace. These are very nice.
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on March 13, 2012:
These are lovely crafts! I really like that wreath!
Hagglecoins on March 08, 2012:
Never thought I'd be entertained on a lens on doillies...but WAS! Real cool projects.
Mahadihbk on March 08, 2012:
I really liked it.cool crafts
Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on March 07, 2012:
These are beautiful -- some really great crafts. My kind. Simple.
Barbara from USA on March 07, 2012:
Nice lens, will try some of these ideas out real soon!
lunagaze on March 07, 2012:
omg this is so precious. great lens I will definitely have to try these
Adrijan on March 07, 2012:
Great lens tnx
Blackspaniel1 on March 06, 2012:
seosri417 on March 06, 2012:
LeopoldBlatt on March 05, 2012:
Beautiful work. The Doily Angels are exquisite.
PoeticChristian on March 04, 2012:
Beautimus things. Blessings
Freedhuman on March 01, 2012:
Love the projects!
MelonyVaughan on February 29, 2012:
What wonderful projects! Love all of them!
Bloomsandbugs LM on February 29, 2012:
Great lens. I specially liked the doily roses. Neat