Doilies give the look of intricate lace to all kinds of craft decor projects. They’re lovely and eye-catching, so light and airy that they lend a delicate feel to almost anything. With just a few simple craft tools, they transform from a quaint table top accent into something else entirely.
Doilies can be found in both paper and crochet fabric. By using wallpaper paste, fabric stiffener, or adhesives. you can mold and shape doilies into a variety of different things or apply them to a base. They’re fairly easy to work with without needing to be cut. Here are 10 of our favorite ideas.
1. Doily Lanterns
These awesomely intriguing structures found on Tiptoe Through and Apartment Therapy can be created by layering doilies over a balloon with fabric stiffener and then popping the balloon when dry. Look at the amazing shadows they cast on a room when lit! You can find gorgeous doily designs for sale here.
Or buy the lanterns pre-made from Martha Stewart.
2. DIY Candle Holders
Candle holders get an upgrade with doilies. Use LED lights or regular tea lights in glass votives for soft, romantic lighting. The super-easy DIY project involves a balloon and glue – view the full instructions here.
You can also give mason jars an upgrade by gluing on doilies, like these from Studio 5. Use them for candle holders, candy, or vases for your centerpieces!
3. Table Runner
4. Doily Envelopes
Fold your doilies into envelopes and deliver your invitations with style.
5. Wedding Seating Chart
Hang printed doilies from branches, like this example from Wedding Chicks, for an instantly romantic seating chart.
6. Cupcake Holders
Create an attractive tiered cupcake display (like this one from Home Confetti) by placing your confections in doily cupcake wrappers.
These adorable wrappers are available at Paper Orchid Stationery.
7. Doily Petal Tossers
It doesn’t get much simpler than this craft project from Jan and Johann. To make petal cups for tossing at a wedding, roll the doily into a cone and tack it with a dot of glue or decorative sticker. Sit the cones in a wire rack and pass them out at the appropriate moment.
8. Decorative Banners
String your doilies and hang them as banners.
Photo: Fete Fanatic
9. Doily Poms
Ruffled doily pomanders make great ceiling decor. View DIY instructions on Ruffled Blog.
Add in some color, like these from Apartment Therapy.
10. Doily Pinwheels
Accordion-fold your doilies and pinch them in the center to create these pinwheels, like these from Wedding Bee.
Will you be adding doilies to your decor? Tell us how in the comments below!