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Decorating Ideas Using Doilies


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)

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!

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.......

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

Shelley Royston on June 02, 2018:

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Renaissance Woman from Colorado on January 31, 2014:

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!

Sheila from Omaha, NE on January 23, 2014:

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!

Sheila from Omaha, NE on January 23, 2014:

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!

anonymous on January 27, 2013:

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

Ruthi on October 27, 2012:

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.

EpicFarms on October 16, 2012:

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)

Stacy Birch on September 07, 2012:

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

pawpaw911 on June 29, 2012:

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

LPerry60 from East Coast United States on June 11, 2012:

The doily lampshade is simply lovely!

gottaloveit2 on May 10, 2012:

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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Beverly Rodriguez from Albany New York on April 10, 2012:

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

MelonyVaughan on March 28, 2012:

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

MelonyVaughan on March 28, 2012:

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

Nursolechatin on March 11, 2012:

Nice decoration :)

Nursolechatin on March 11, 2012:

Nice decoration :)

KimGiancaterino on March 11, 2012:

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.)

BestLaminateInc1 on March 08, 2012:

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.

sherridan on March 08, 2012:

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

navalava lm on March 06, 2012:

I love those ideas! It looks great!

Lindrus on February 24, 2012:

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

mistyblue75605 lm on January 23, 2012:

Maybe make the lamp and the curtains! :)

Fay Favored from USA on January 23, 2012:

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.

anonymous on January 17, 2012:

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

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on January 16, 2012:

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

WriterJanis2 on January 07, 2012:

Beautiful ideas!

Angela F from Seattle, WA on January 05, 2012:

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

bossypants on December 13, 2011:

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!

anonymous on November 16, 2011:

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

Sheila from Omaha, NE on November 03, 2011:

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!

Lee Hansen from Vermont on October 19, 2011:

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.

anonymous on September 27, 2011:

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

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on September 27, 2011:

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

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on September 13, 2011:

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. :)

Pam Irie (author) from Land of Aloha on September 13, 2011:

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

Frischy from Kentucky, USA on September 13, 2011:

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.

Lisa from Rhode Island on September 13, 2011:

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

Toni Grundstrom from Minneapolis, MN on September 12, 2011:

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

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on September 12, 2011:

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!

Joan Haines on September 12, 2011:

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

jseven lm on September 12, 2011:

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

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on September 12, 2011:

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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