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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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      Renaissance Woman 3 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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      Sheila 3 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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      Sheila 3 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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      anonymous 4 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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      Ruthi 4 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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