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15 Fascinating Crafts With Lace Doilies You Should Make Immediately!
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. 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!
1. Doily Light Shade
If you can cope with balloons you could do a lot of these DIY projects in a very short space of time. You could set up a production line and even do these projects with the kids. With water based glue it should be fine and easy enough to clean up. And then the kids can get more balloons! Win win!
If you love dream catchers but couldn’t be bothered to learn how to macrame, then this tutorial is perfect for you! I created something similar for the Handmade Happy Free Craft Magazine for summer time, full of beautiful pastel colours and metallic beads!
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 😉
If you have a small plant in a jar then this doily hanging planter is adorable!
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! All you need is some cling film, mod podge, a big bowl and a brush. How simple is that?!
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 light holders. Better to be safe!
They look absolutely stunning and make a great tablescape.
How fabulous does this lampshade look? I love the style, I created something similar this year using blue rosette lace.
You can view the tutorial here. I am very tempted to create a similar version using thicker vintage doilies.
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. I wish I could get a fog horn to get people’s attention! “GIVE ME YOUR OLD WINDOWS!” :p The project using lace doilies as a form of decorative art is absolutely stunning, even better if you get the windows for free!
11. Doily and Pearl Wreath
This is one of those projects that makes your eyes go out on stalks. Well, it does if you love the shabby chic style. I adore it, and I will definitely be making one of these! To 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 fabric glue to attach a vintage doily to a cushion is the easiest DIY on this list. It could take you less than 5 minutes to make and will definitely add to your decor!
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. Then varnish. Boom. Low cost!
Related: How To Make Air Dry Clay
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!
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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