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42 Beautiful Doily Craft Ideas

Updated on November 3, 2016
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I love arts and crafts. I used to volunteer teach an elementary art class and love sharing tutorials for fun crafts to make with kids.

Do you just love doilies, both paper doilies and lace doilies, but you really don't know where you would put them or what you could use them for? Doilies and crafting is a perfect match. It's really amazing to see all the various ways that you can use them.

I have found some fantastic ways to use lace doilies and also some projects that use paper doilies. With all of the projects shown in this article, I have included the site address, which takes you to the original craft site and to the directions for the craft project.

Go to Timewashed for the directions for the lace doily bowl shown above.

1. Vintage Doily Necklace

If you are lucky enough to already have vintage doilies, or you go to estate or garage sales, the necklace project is a great way to use the doilies. The tutorial for making a gorgeous vintage doily necklace can be found at Elizabeth Anne.

2. Snowflake Garland

How beautiful and elegant is this snowflake garland. A great decorating idea for a birthday or shower party. The directions can be found at hello naomi.


3. Doily Tree

A doily tree can be made easily and inexpensively by using paper doilies.There is no particular season that this tree is made for, so it is appropriate décor for a table or mantel, all year round. Go to the sweet paul site for the tutorial.

4. Doily Stenciled Stool

Look how easy it is to get a beautiful lace doily look by using a doily for a stencil. The instructions for making a stenciled stool can be found at Mod Podge Rocks. Use this method to stencil a table top or the front of a dresser.

5. Doily Mobile

Make a mobile, using paper or lace doilies, to decorate for a bridal or baby shower. Use colored doilies, or dye them in the colors of your choice. The tutorial for making this doily mobile is found at Bored & Crafty. For a vintage look, tea or coffee dye the doilies.

6. Luminaries

This is an elegant look that would be perfect on a wedding table or to dress up a bridal or baby shower. To see how to make them, go to the Martha Stewart website.

7. Paper Heart Doily Wreath

This wreath is made using the paper heart doilies. So pretty! Find the tutorial at Ella Claire.

8. Lace Covered Soap

This is such a cute idea that will work in the décor of any bathroom. Use colored soap or dye the doily, either way you'll be able to find the exact right color for your décor. Get the directions for this project at DOLLAR STORE CRAFTS.

9. Doily Cupcake Wrappers

More weddings are opting for cupcakes over a wedding cake today. Find the instructions for this very attractive way to display the cupcakes at INTIMATE WEDDINGS.

10. Lacy Butterflies

Make these with paper doilies or with lace doilies. The kids will love to help make these beautiful butterflies. Go to PBSparents for the directions.

11. Doilies 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 cents, and look what a beautiful table runner they make. See the instructions on the UNDER the SYCAMORE site.

12. Lacy Lighted Lamp

Doilies and a heavy duty balloon are part of the directions for this project. To find out how to make this hanging lamp, go to DOS FAMILY.

13. Doily Sachet

A simple and beautiful sachet that can be tucked in a drawer, closet, suitcase or hung in any number of places. For the directions, go to AllFreeCrafts.com.

14. Paper Doily Lanterns

Now that flameless tea lights have become widely available, it is safe to make lanterns with paper doilies. You'll find the tutorial for this paper doily lantern project at Dream home decorating.com.

15. Lacy Candle Centerpiece

A beautiful centerpiece for a formal affair. Find the directions at the Martha Stewart website.

16. Lacy No-Fuss Roses

How easy can it be to make these outstanding paper doily roses. I love them. Go to Paper, Plate and Plane for the directions.

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.COM.

18. Huge Lacy Snowflake

Paper doilies make this an inexpensive yet beautiful decoration. You'll find the instructions for this project at DOLLAR STORE CRAFTS.

19. Simply Beautiful Doily Ornament

You'll probably never find a simpler or easier ornament, to make for your tree, than this doily tree ornament. You'll find the instructions at funEZcrafts. A great project if you need lots of ornaments in a very short time.

20. Doily Covered Stones

You can either crochet the doilies to wrap the stones in, or you could buy small doilies, run a row of stitching around the outside of the doily and then pull the string to make the doily wrap around the stone. A conversation starter. For the directions, go to Let's Yarnify.

21. Scented Ornament

Two matching doilies and a bit of ribbon will start you on this project. For the complete instructions, go to funEZcrafts.

22. Doily Luminaries

Imagine all the occasions that you could use luminaries like these. CRAFTS BY Amanda has the tutorial for making the luminaries. These would be perfect for a bridal or baby shower.

23. Chandelier

How elegant and beautiful is this? I'm sure you'll think of a place to hang this beauty. For the instructions on how to make this chandelier, go to Martha Stewart.

24. How to Make Candy Favors

25. DIY Doily Basket

When you go to the factory direct craft site you'll see how easy it is to use a rectangle doily to make a beautiful fruit basket. An outstanding addition to your decor.

26. Lace Doily Lantern

A very glamorous centerpiece that will give any room the feel of elegance. Go to Glamour and Grace for the instructions.

27. Lace Candle Cup

These little beauties are easily made using paper doilies. The instructions for this project are found at KATELYN JAMES.

28. Doily Pillow

This is a copycat pillow made like one the crafter saw at Bloomingdales. To see how it is constructed, go to Ode to Inspiration.

29. Christmas Angel Ornament

If you love angels and you love doilies, you'll for sure want to make this Christmas angel ornament. Find the directions for making this ornament at funEZcrafts.

30. Paper Doily Wreath

This is almost too beautiful to believe that it's made with paper doilies, but that's how they did it. Get all the directions at the Martha Stewart website.

31. Fabric and Doily Mobile

You'll love this little mobile hanging where you can enjoy all the colors. Go to CRAFT for all the instructions.

32. Lace Envelope

So many things are more beautiful when done in lace and the envelop is no exception. This great bridal, shower or baby shower invitation idea and the instructions can be found at we. love. laugh. kiss.

33. Lace Doily Lanterns

Whether decorating for a wedding, a shower, a baby shower or any number of other occasions, this doily lantern will be a real eye catcher. Imagine the lanterns in other colors than white also. Find the instructions on the Ruffled site.

34. DIY Doily Wedge Shoes

35. Hanging Doily Balls

Not only will you find out how to make these hanging paper doily balls when you visit the U Create site, you'll also find out how to dye the paper doilies. I think I would press the dyed and dried doilies, between two paper towels, before constructing the hanging balls.

36. Valentine Wreath

This is a super easy craft that when completed looks crisp and lovely. Find the directions at live laugh rowe. I think this would make a beautiful candle ring, especially if using one of the flame-less pillar candles.

37. Doily Collar

Give a plain t-shirt a designer look by adding lace. This site, A CLOVER & A BEE. shows you how to use a doily to get that stylish look. Very easy to do.

38. Doily Lampshade

You can spend a lot of money to get this designer look, or you can make a lace lampshade yourself with the help of instructions that you'll find at Shanana Split. If you don't have an old lampshade, consider purchasing one from a garage sale or the Goodwill store.

39. Embroidery Paper Dolies

When you need inexpensive, and yet elegant decoration for a wedding, shower or baby shower, consider the embroidery paper doily as an option. You'll find the tutorial for this craft at crescendoh.com.

40. Doily Cone Ornament

Paper doilies is what you'll need to make these easy Christmas cone ornaments. The tutorial for making these ornaments can be found at funEZcrafts. These little paper doily cones would also 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 that you have made using a lace doily. See how these earrings were made by finding the instructions at live laugh rowe. Imagine these earrings with your favorite holiday outfit.

42. Lacey Christmas Tree

I would never have thought of using doilies to make a Christmas tree, but now that I see this craft by AllFreeCrafts.com. I can imagine all sorts of ways to use doily trees. I can even imagine how nice a tree like this would look with a Christmas village, although I think I would use smaller pots.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: so with you

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      acreativethinker 4 years ago

      These doilies are simply lovely. Take Care :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very interesting but not exactly what I was looking for. Nice website though.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      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.

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      jolou 5 years ago

      I love anything with lace. These are very nice.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These are lovely crafts! I really like that wreath!

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      Hagglecoins 5 years ago

      Never thought I'd be entertained on a lens on doillies...but WAS! Real cool projects.

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      Mahadihbk 5 years ago

      I really liked it.cool crafts

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These are beautiful -- some really great crafts. My kind. Simple.

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      Barbara 5 years ago from USA

      Nice lens, will try some of these ideas out real soon!

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      lunagaze 5 years ago

      omg this is so precious. great lens I will definitely have to try these

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      Adrijan 5 years ago

      Great lens tnx

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      seosri417 5 years ago

      Great Work........

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      LeopoldBlatt 5 years ago

      Beautiful work. The Doily Angels are exquisite.

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      PoeticChristian 5 years ago

      Beautimus things. Blessings

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      Freedhuman 5 years ago

      Love the projects!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      What wonderful projects! Love all of them!

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      Bloomsandbugs LM 5 years ago

      Great lens. I specially liked the doily roses. Neat

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