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Decorating Ideas Using Doilies

Updated on December 9, 2016

Decorate With Doilies!

Decorating ideas using doilies have evolved from the days when people merely covered a table top and the back or the arms of a chair. As an example of the versatility in decorating with doilies, visit Country Living to see how they cleverly used a doily to surround this glass vase.

Whether you're an avid crocheter, thrift shopper or simply love to shop at Amazon, get yourself some vintage doilies, new doilies, second or third hand doilies and make one or two of these projects. I hope to inspire you with these decorating ideas using doilies.

(Photo credit Country Living)

Doily Lampshade
Doily Lampshade

Vintage Doilies Decorate a Lamp Shade

It is very simple to decorate a lamp shade cover with a vintage doily to create lighting that is soft and feminine. You'll need a bare wire lamp shade frame (I stripped an old one), a doily and liquid starch to complete a project like the one pictured in my home.

Draping a vintage doily over this lamp shade is so easy to do......go to the light or the link above to learn how to create ambience with a doily.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Doily Lamp at More Design Please
Doily Lamp at More Design Please

Doily Lamp!

I love this clever ambient lighting using doilies. Not just a doily lamp shade, but a doily lamp! The process is deceivingly simple. You can learn to make one here at DOS Family.

Do you think there is a place in your own home for this charming lighting fixture? :)

(Photo credit Isabelle at DOS Family)

Doily Table Runner
Doily Table Runner

Doily Table Runner - DIY Decorating Ideas

This idea is genius. It's kind of like the old style crazy quilting only instead of fabric, you'll need a huge bunch of doilies. Grouping together a mix match of doilies is a fabulous decorating idea. Under the Sycamore demonstrates how simple it is to create a doily table runner.

(Photo credit Ashley Ann at Under the Sycamore)

Boye Steel Crochet Hook Set
Boye Steel Crochet Hook Set

I have this same exact set to use with cotton thread.


Decorate with Doilies Created By You!

Make a variety of doilies to create your own one of a kind table runner. And.....what a beautiful gift this would make!

Learn to Make Stunning Crochet Doilies
Learn to Make Stunning Crochet Doilies

Crocheting with thread is really very simple. Just keep practicing and use patterns like this to expand your skill. Pretty soon you'll be making your own patterns!

Decorating with Paper Doilies
Decorating with Paper Doilies

Use Paper Doilies to Decorate a Wall

Paper doilies and orange thumbtacks were the sole ingredients used to make this lovely floral wall arrangement. Apartment Therapy showcases this project along with several more creative ideas you may want to check out using paper doilies.

(Photo credit user citypix on Flickr)

Your Favorite Doily Doings Is.......

Which of these doily projects do you like best?

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Would you or do you use doilies to decorate your living space? - Share your creativity here! :)

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      Shelley Royston 

      3 months ago

      How to put doilies on canvas for display

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      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      I love all of the ideas here (especially that table runner). I used to display doilies by stitching them to a quilted fabric within a wooden hoop. Doilies are such works of art. They deserve to be seen. Wonderful decorating ideas. Thank you!

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      4 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Hi, veryIrie, it's Sheila your Squidoo Creative Crocheter Contributor here, stopping by to give your awesome lens a boost! I really enjoyed this lens. Please keep coming out with more great crochet lenses! Yay you!

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      4 years ago from Omaha, NE

      I would, I do, and always have! Not only do I have all my own doilies I've made, I also have my mother's and grandmother's collections of theirs. I also love to buy handmade doilies at thrift shops just because they deserve to be appreciated. You've given some amazing ideas here!

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      5 years ago

      Thought I would stop by to tell you that I used to use doilies as patterns on flat surfaces, and spray paint the patterns onto tables, etc. I would tape off the edges with masking tape and paper, and was please with the results. :D

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      5 years ago

      Decades ago when my home was filled with antique furniture I crodheted many doilies for decorating. Now I only have one or two in the house but you've given me some new ideas for decorating with doilies so I may have to crochet a few.

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      5 years ago

      Absolutely - I love doilies! They're tons of fun to make, and now I have lots of ideas on other ways to use them (the lamp is fabulous!). Nice lens :o)

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      Stacy Birch 

      6 years ago

      Before I looked at the lens, I would've said no. but I love that lamp.

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      6 years ago

      Very beautiful ideas. My grandmother used to make them. This lens made me thing of her.

    • LPerry60 profile image


      6 years ago from East Coast United States

      The doily lampshade is simply lovely!

    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      6 years ago

      Love the table runner! My sister used to crochet doilies and i'm proud to have a few that she made.

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      6 years ago


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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      6 years ago from Albany New York

      Yes, I've always been attracted to doilies. The work in the handmade ones is incredible.

    • MelonyVaughan profile image


      6 years ago

      Beautiful and practical ideas. I love the vase, lampshade and the wall art. What a wonderful lens!

    • MelonyVaughan profile image


      6 years ago

      Beautiful and practical ideas. I love the vase, lampshade and the wall art. What a wonderful lens!

    • Nursolechatin profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice decoration :)

    • Nursolechatin profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice decoration :)

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm not the frilly type, but my friend Lillian who lived to be 101 made me several beautiful doilies. I like having them around to remind me of her friendship, and I keep them under glass so my cats don't get any ideas! (That would explain why I'm not the frilly type.)

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      6 years ago

      Great lens! I have a box of doilies that my grandmother and aunt made and I didn't know what to do with them or how to display them. They're so beautiful. Thanks.

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      6 years ago

      How pretty - it had never occurred to me to use doilies like this - the lampshade is a great rainy day idea!

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      navalava lm 

      6 years ago

      I love those ideas! It looks great!

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      6 years ago

      I think I'd like to give it a try now!

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      mistyblue75605 lm 

      6 years ago

      Maybe make the lamp and the curtains! :)

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      Yes I do. It seems that most don't anymore. I had a hard time finding them when I was building a lens. You didn't ! Nice work.

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      6 years ago

      What beautiful and unique ways to display doilies...lovely!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      Wow! These are some really awesome ideas for decorating with doilies!

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful ideas!

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Doilies on canvas would be my pick. Lots of clever ideas here!

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      6 years ago

      I have a doily on one of our chests, but nothing as fun as these ideas. I want to try some of your clever doily uses!

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      6 years ago

      These make great Shabby Chic ideas, I'm thinking of all the possibilities of expanding on them. Like I said above you have a lot of great ideas, well done

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      6 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Yes, absolutely! I tuck them everywhere! I have them framed, tucked in as basket liners, appliqued onto towels... I really loved your table runner idea as I have so many little doilies that I no longer use. Thanks for the inspiraton!

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      Lee Hansen 

      6 years ago from Vermont

      I do! I have a lovely collection of vintage doilies and lace that I drape on lamps, wrap up lavender and sweet Annie to scent my linens and I've even stitched a few onto pillow tops. Another creative lens I love.

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      6 years ago

      I use doilies in my encaustic/ mixed media, collage pieces.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I just added the link to this great lens to my Lace Crafts lens. Love these projects!

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      7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I still use doilies on the living room, dining room and bedroom tables. Just call me old-fashioned. They are hard to find in stores but I have bought some at craft fairs in the past. :)

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      Pam Irie 

      7 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Scarlettohairy: That sounds like a great project, Peggy!

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      7 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I used to use doilies in years past, but now they do not seem practical for my lifestyle sharing a house with children and animals. I still have my lacy stuff I can pull out in a few years when I am a little old lady with an empty nest.

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      7 years ago from Rhode Island

      my mom and grand mother used to make doilies they are so old I just have them put away what wonderful use for doilies love this lens

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      Toni Grundstrom 

      7 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      I use doilies everywhere. People have made them for me in the room's colors because they know I will use them.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I haven't used doilies because I always remembered them on the backs of chairs and couches, where you could not even rest your head. But I sure do like that lamp idea above...just goes to show that eventually, everything old is new again. Great lens Pam!

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      Joan Haines 

      7 years ago

      They can look so old fashioned that I haven't much. Leave it to you, Pam, to make even doilies fresh and hip!

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      jseven lm 

      7 years ago

      My mother made beautiful doilies that I now keep as nostalgia. I love what you have pictured here!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I need to get busy and make this one project I saw. You use a lot of doilies to make a wall hanging or curtain by overlapping doilies. I've seen them on Etsy. Just beautiful!


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