15 Creative Doily Craft Ideas

doily place setting
Beautiful Blue Brides

Doilies make the cutest crafts. Many people already have these beauties in their homes either on display or tucked away in a closet or drawer. Doilies are delicate, feminine and look like lace. If you love adding a sweet vintage look to your craft projects, then you might want to consider doily crafting.

Scrapbookers will discover that adding bits and pieces of paper doilies to their layouts give a beautiful old-world feel to their memories. Card makers find that doilies work well for card crafting too. Crafters have even made wall art from doilies. Paper doilies have hundreds of uses. Your imagination only limits you.

You can use crocheted doilies for any of the following projects, but paper ones will work just as well. They aren't very expensive, and you can find handmade doilies for pennies at a thrift shop. Paper ones are for sale at the dollar store or your big box hobby store.

So search your attic and closets for those hidden treasures and get crafting.

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    An Easy Spring Centerpiece

    doily mason jar
    Yellow Bliss Road

    Nothing says spring is here more than tulips. Place a bunch of tulips into a mason jar, wrap with a doily and tie with a string like the one shown here from Yellow Bliss Road. A beautiful way to add a touch of rustic beauty to your home decor in seconds.

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    Paper Doily Banner Party Decor

    Doily Banner
    Design Improvised

    Celebrate your mother on Mother's Day with this doily banner from Design Improvised. It is made from paper lace and kraft paper, then embellished with some pink fabric flowers and ribbon. What a beautiful and special way to tell your Mom just how much you appreciate her on her extraordinary day.

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    Paper Doily Covered Books

    doily covered books
    Live Love DIY

    Doilies aren't just for placing under objects as table decor. Do you have old books that you no longer want? Why not add a touch of whimsy by painting old out of date books and decoupaging with doilies just like Live Love DIY demonstrates. Use them as coffee table books with a twist.

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    Paper Doily Party Decor

    doily ornaments
    Lisa Storms / U Create Crafts

    Doilies can be glued together to make hanging paper ball decor for parties. What makes these doilies stand out is the fact that they have color and texture. Can you believe that these vibrant colored ornaments are dyed with food coloring? Hop on over to U Create Crafts to see how it is done.

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    DIY Doily Textured Ceramic Plates

    doily textured clay plate
    Green Bird

    What happens when you combine doilies and clay? Green Bird came up with some of the most beautiful ceramic dishes ever. The doilies add a lovely texture when pressed into clay! These one-of-a-kind treasures make gorgeous gifts that will be treasured for years to come. 

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    Paper Doily Mother's Day Card

    simple mothers day paper doily card
    SoCal Field Trips

    This kid's craft, paper doily Mother's day card from SoCal Field Trips, is easy enough for children to make. Every mother will love this lacy flower card handmade by their son or daughter as a Mother's Day or birthday greeting.

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    5 Paper Doily Party Decor Ideas

    doily place setting
    Beautiful Blue Brides

    The next time you have a gathering for your girlfriends, such as a baby or bridal shower, honor them with a sweet doily place setting. Nothing says feminine more than these lacy paper napkins from Beautiful Blue Brides and the adorable matching tags.

    The article also features four more beautiful doily craft ideas to make your party decor simply gorgeous. Your party will surely be memorable. 

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    Paper Doily Heart Banner

    doily heart banner
    Elle Claire Inspired

    Craft and dollar stores sell doilies that are heart-shaped. These paper hearts from Elle Claire Inspired are so easy to string into a lovely banner. Celebrate Valentine's Day or any day with these simple but beautiful flags.

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    How to Doily Stencil a Pillow

    doily stamped pillows
    Pillar Box Blue

    Indigo-dyed fabrics in home decor are quite popular these days and can be seen in catalogs of the trendier home decor companies. Make these remarkably sophisticated pillows with just paint and paper doilies just as Pillar Box Blue did. Who would have thought that such simple supplies would result in such a high end looking product? These pillows are a home decor project you will not want to miss.

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    Paper Doily Decoupaged Bottle Tutorial

    paper doily wine bottlesf

    Paper doily decoupaged bottles from Craftiments will give you an excuse to drink more wine. Instead of throwing your bottles into the garbage, recycle them into lovely vases. Just Mod Podge some paper lace doilies onto the bottles and you will end up with some of the loveliest flower containers you have ever seen.

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    DIY Doily Paper Christmas Tree Tutorial With Video

    doily Christmas trees
    The Whoot

    It is never too early to start thinking about Christmas crafting. Make this beautiful winter wonderland forest featured on The Whoot from paper doilies. This decoration will turn your house into a magical winter wonderland. 

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    Doily Snowflake Bowl

    snowflake bowl
    Cut Out and Keep

    This doily snowflake bowl from Cut Out and Keep would make a beautiful decoration for a bridal or baby shower. It might even work well as table decor for a winter wedding. If you are planning to use it as a candle holder always remember safety first. It might be a good idea to use a battery operated tea light instead of a regular candle.

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    Doily Wall Art

    doily wall art
    Room RX

    Do you have empty wall space in your home that needs artwork but you're on a budget? Doilies to the rescue. Just frame doilies just as Room RX did, and hang them on the wall for some inexpensive yet impressive wall art.