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Lace Crafts

Updated on October 11, 2014

Crafting with Lace

Lace crafts can be delicate and beautiful. Embellishing items with lace, using lace as a stencil, or creating lace by knitting or crocheting are all fun lace crafts you can try.

The lace craft projects provided here offer ideas for using lace in crafting. But some of the best items are created when you use your imagination and create something brand new that no one's thought of yet.

This photo shows some of my lace waiting for me to make lace crafts.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Martha Stewart Lace Craft Projects - Click a small image to enlarge it.

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Lace tile from MarthaStewart.com. See link for directions below.Lace wrapping paper. Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.Decorate eggs with lace. Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.Mat a picture with lace. Source:  MarthaStewart.com. See link for directions below.Use lacy doilies to decorate candles. Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.Lace clip art dresses up a clutch. Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.Intricate lace design for pumpkins! Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.Modern lace design to dress up napkins. Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.Lace clip art for party favors. Source:  MarthaStewart.com. See link below to download the clip art.Dainty white gloves get an extra touch with daisy chain (or any kind of) lace. Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.
Lace tile from MarthaStewart.com. See link for directions below.
Lace tile from MarthaStewart.com. See link for directions below.
Lace wrapping paper. Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.
Lace wrapping paper. Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.
Decorate eggs with lace. Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.
Decorate eggs with lace. Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.
Mat a picture with lace. Source:  MarthaStewart.com. See link for directions below.
Mat a picture with lace. Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link for directions below.
Use lacy doilies to decorate candles. Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.
Use lacy doilies to decorate candles. Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.
Lace clip art dresses up a clutch. Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.
Lace clip art dresses up a clutch. Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.
Intricate lace design for pumpkins! Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.
Intricate lace design for pumpkins! Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.
Modern lace design to dress up napkins. Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.
Modern lace design to dress up napkins. Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.
Lace clip art for party favors. Source:  MarthaStewart.com. See link below to download the clip art.
Lace clip art for party favors. Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below to download the clip art.
Dainty white gloves get an extra touch with daisy chain (or any kind of) lace. Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.
Dainty white gloves get an extra touch with daisy chain (or any kind of) lace. Source: MarthaStewart.com. See link below for directions.

Lace Crafts -- Ideas for Using Lace - Click a small image to enlarge it.

I used the edge of an old pillowcase (the pillowcase has threadbare but the lace at the edge was great) and sewed it to some old curtain fabric. The lace made a nice pocket to store other vintage items, like a peg clothespin and smelling salts.
I used the edge of an old pillowcase (the pillowcase has threadbare but the lace at the edge was great) and sewed it to some old curtain fabric. The lace made a nice pocket to store other vintage items, like a peg clothespin and smelling salts. | Source
A lace doily was sewn to a circular wire. This looks great on the wall (as shown) or in a window.
A lace doily was sewn to a circular wire. This looks great on the wall (as shown) or in a window. | Source
Embellish doll clothes with lace for a snazzy look to Tiny Tears's outfit.
Embellish doll clothes with lace for a snazzy look to Tiny Tears's outfit. | Source

Use Lace Doilies for Cake Decoration

Use a paper doily as a stencil

to decorate a cake.

Place the doily in the center of the cake.

Then lightly sprinkle powdered sugar

on top of the doily then remove the doily

to leave a lace design on the cake.

Lace Ladies by Creative Carmelina courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.
Lace Ladies by Creative Carmelina courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.

Display Lace in Fun Ways

Show off your lace instead of hiding it away.

Display your lace with these fun lace ladies. Wrap lace around their legs to form a skirt. Then stand them up in a box or jar to create a whimsical way to show off your special lace.

The Graphics Fairy provided the lovely ladies clip art (vintage scrap girls), and Creative Carmelina came up with this wonderful use for them. So clever!

If you want to make some lace ladies for yourself, go to The Graphics Fairy Web site (link above) and see all of the vintage scrap girls clip art (some are shown in the "You might also like" area under the blog entry.

See another option for displaying lace at The Graphic Fairy. Karen offers some lovely cards to hold lace.

Photo Credit: Creative Carmelina

Paper Lace Crafts - Add lace to your paper crafts too!

Bobbin Lace and Honiton Lace - How to make lace

Lace Crafts by Etsy Artisans - Click the links below to see the lace crafts shown here.

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Lace stone made by Monicaj. For sale on Etsy. See link below for her lovely lacework on stones.Pink lace bracelet made by White Bear Accessories on Etsy.Tie dye / rainbow lace earrings made by White Bear Accessories on Etsy.
Lace stone made by Monicaj. For sale on Etsy. See link below for her lovely lacework on stones.
Lace stone made by Monicaj. For sale on Etsy. See link below for her lovely lacework on stones.
Pink lace bracelet made by White Bear Accessories on Etsy.
Pink lace bracelet made by White Bear Accessories on Etsy.
Tie dye / rainbow lace earrings made by White Bear Accessories on Etsy.
Tie dye / rainbow lace earrings made by White Bear Accessories on Etsy.
Lace plate by Mark Montano.
Lace plate by Mark Montano.

Lace Plates

by Mark Montano

Make lace plates with the great tutorial by Mark Montano. Mark blogs and writes books (the Big Ass Book of Crafts series!).

Make these pretty plates to hang on your wall, give as gifts, or to even serve food on (personally, I wouldn't "eat" from them to preserve them but serving fruit or other foods then rinsing them would be fine and dandy since they have a clear coat sealer).

For a list of items you'll need to make your own lace plates, check the list below.

Photo Credit: Mark Montano.

Craft Supplies to Make Lace Plates - Easy as Pie

Lace jars. Project at House of Humble.
Lace jars. Project at House of Humble.

Easy Lace Jars

by House of Humble

Head over to House of Humble to see how easy these lace-accented jars are to make.

Seriously. They are easy and lovely and I can think of lots of good uses for them:

~ Store craft supplies

~ Fill with buttons

~ Add marbles

~ Candle holders (as shown at House of Humble)

~ Vase for flowers (as shown here from House of Humble)

Photo Credit: House of Humble

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Have you ever crafted with lace? Will you try making some lace crafts?

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    • ValPage profile image

      ValPage 3 years ago

      Great lens! Very useful & I love lace crafts!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      It's true. Grandma's lace is hidden away. Some of it is over 110 years old. I like some of the ideas you show, especially the print of lace curves, but really all of them. When I was much younger I thought I'd like to learn to make lace, but always gave it up to the larger needlework skills. It's exquisite and I appreciate it. It's funny I often paint a bit of lace in my paintings.

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      KamalaEmbroidery 4 years ago

      I love lace. Mom and I used to craft with it, mostly Christmas decorations. I have a pattern for a lace knit shawl I want to try someday when I have more time. Thanks for the other lovely ideas.

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      kathysart 4 years ago

      I have added some to a few of my paintings. I love lace. I love it even more now after seeing all the great ideas you shared on this lens. YAY I am going to try some of your ideas.

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      When I worked in a bridal shop, the lace dresses were always my favorite. I love all types of lace.

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      WinWriter 4 years ago

      There are some great ideas here. I like the decorated eggs the best. Thanks for opening my eyes to some very nice lace crafts I haven't seen before.

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      acreativethinker 4 years ago

      Very lovely ideas and crafts. Thanks for sharing. Take Care :)

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      bossypants 4 years ago

      I'm always so attracted to the lace pieces in the resale store. Now I have some inspiration to try some crafts with them. Off to St Vinnie's!

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Been a long time, but yes I have crafted with lace. Very nice lens.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Oh my, yes! I love lace!

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      kathryn-gillespie 5 years ago

      Lots of lovely lacey ideas! Lovely lens!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I used to make quilted throw pillows with bits of lace in some of the pieces, but not for a very long time. Also sewed with lace occasionally, as trim or accent on clothing. I especially like the idea of crafting a wall hanging of lace and other fabrics. The AllPosters pic is totally inspirational! And decorating little jars with a band of lace prior to filling them with gifty goodies is a good idea too.

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      Phoenix2361 5 years ago

      I was fortunate enough to visit factory in Belgium were the lace was made by had. It was fascinating watching these talented ladies create such delicate patterns.

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      I love lace. I love the idea of the lace sewn onto the ring. I have some beautiful doilies left to me by my great grandmother. I have them tucked away as I don't want them damaged. This would be a great way to put them on display. Thanks.

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      Pugcentric 5 years ago

      This is a great resource for everyone with lots of lace in their stash. Fantastic lens for all things lacy!!

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      very cool and artistic, Blessed!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Now, believe it or not, I knew about the doily and decorating a cake thing but, of course, nothing else!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Coming back to view this page. Inspired all over again to do something special with lace. Hmmmmmm

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      dolled up a t shirt..nice lens..thanks for info.

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      jseven lm 5 years ago

      Very elegant. I love lace!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Beautiful ideas and a lovely lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very pretty. I love vintage lace

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      I've had some pillowcases with laces on the sides and they feel very good. They're great for items for the visual appeal or the feel of it.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Very nice lens, love lace, have worked with it most of my life, mainly with women lingerie.

      Thanks for sharing with us, I certainly will try doing some of these lace crafts, if I can get myself away from Squidoo.Blessed

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      BusinessSarah 5 years ago

      Love this lens -- it gave me some great ideas for wedding decorations! Cheers!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, I have crafted with lace a lot, I have a huge drawer full of vintage lace and linens, oh and buttons because I was really into it a year ago. I still love it all but have moved on to other things. I just love using up an old doily that no one wants anymore and creating something with it. Super lens, Blessed *

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love the lace and stone...two favorites all snuggled together!

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Haven't tried working with lace yet. Some of these projects are so lovely! Lots of possibilities.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I pounce on old lace when I see it at yard sales. Often it is quite cheap. Now I need to find a project to use my stash. It really is lovely stuff.