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46 Beautiful Doily Craft Ideas

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!

Mod Pdge Rocks 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.


6. Luminaries

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. Shabby Chic Wall Decor

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 framed doilies wall decoration.


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 The Best Ideas for Kids.


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.


23. Chandelier

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. Doily Rub-On Canvas Wall Art

You'll love canvas wall art featuring doily rub-ons.


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!


38. Lampshade

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 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:

Nice lens

seosri417 on March 06, 2012:

Great Work........

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