Repurposed Vintage Doily Project Ideas

Repurposed Vintage Doily Project Ideas

What is it about a vintage doily that make it so attractive to play around with? All I know is that that: (1) vintage doilies are beautiful, (2) they’re abundant, and (3) they are full of project potential! Whether you just display them…or use them to embellish something…or truly repurpose them, they are a favorite of mine- and I suspect, a favorite of many of you, as well. As for me? Well, I’ve been known to use them in multiple projects…

Vintage doily repurposing and upcycling projects by Sadie Seasongoods /

AND I’m actually working on a new one as we speak! But I wanted to share some of my other favorite doily projects with you to inspire you. These are my favorites…


Vintage doily lion pillows? Oh my goodness…

I never would have thought to repurpose a doily into a hanging planter “basket”, but it totally works!

Repurposed vintage doily hanging planter baskets

The perfect project for a stained or damaged doily- salvage a section and wrap a cheap, plastic bangle bracelet with it.

Vintage doily repurposed as a chunky bangle bracelet

A vintage doily dreamcatcher is a GORGEOUS way to fill up wall space with color and texture…

Vintage doily dreamcatcher by Tinsel and Wheat

Wrapping vintage doilies around a wreath form and then adding your own embellishments? LOVE!

Vintage doily wreath by Planting Sequoias

Wear vintage doily wristlets as part of a period costume or just for fun…

Vintage doily wristlets

It’s like my doily wall art but taken a step further- as a wonderful earring holder!

Vintage doily earring holder by Hopeful Honey

What a great way to embellish a hum-drum tablecloth…by adding vintage doilies along the edge.

Vintage doily edged tablecloth

Adding a vintage doily jar topper to a gift of jam is like getting two gifts in one.

Vintage doily jam jar cover

Another excellent idea for damaged or stained doilies- DIY Boho Earrings!

Vintage doily boho earrings by Live, Laugh, Rowe

Super Easy Doily Craft. DIY Boho Earrings.

Oooh- using a vintage doily as a paint stencil has gorgeous results…

Vintage doily paint stencil

How fun is this- repurpose a vintage doily as a floral pocket “wreath” to hang on your door?!

Vintage doily flower basket wreath

How about a Justice Ginsburg-style lace collar from a vintage doily? LOVE!

Vintage doily lace collar by Leafy Treetop Spot

This is a fun way to add vintage sweetness to a DIY clock

Vintage doily clock face by Busy Being Jennifer

For the true artist- making impressions in clay with a vintage doily is seriously gorgeous!

Vintage doily designs in clay pottery by artist Maggie Weldon


So many stunning ideas- which one is your favorite? While you decide, I’m going to go back and work on my next doily project. Come back on Thursday to see it!

Craft on!


PIN ME!Repurposed and Upcycled Vintage Doily DIY Craft Projects compiled by Sadie Seasongoods /


  1. I love the lion pillows, the wrapped bracelets, and tablecloth….but my favorite just might have to be the clay impressions. How cool is that?

  2. My goodness, such wonderful ideas!! I have used some in a wall art project with embroidery and buttons, but your ideas will help me do something with more that I have. Thanks! Pinning!!

  3. I love all these ideas, my favorites are the lion pillows (so creative) and the dream catchers!


  4. The lion pillows are so adorable. My grandmother loved handwork and she did a lot of tatting so I have many doilies that have just taken up space in my linen closet because I can’t bear to get rid of them but haven’t know what to do with them. You’ve given my some great ideas. Thanks

  5. Mary Sue says:

    What wonderful ideas!

  6. All beautiful ideas but the tablecloth won my heart!

  7. What a lovely idea. The doilies are gorgeous.

  8. Love the cuffs idea!

  9. amy rittenhouse says:

    Oh my gosh LOVE these ideas!

  10. So many great ideas! The tablecloth and the lions are my favorites! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

  11. The lion pillows are so stinkin cute! So many great ideas here and I’d love to embellish a tablecloth. Keep the ideas coming please!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Right?? I can’t keep a straight face every time I look at those lion pillows!! So tough yet so cute… 😉

  12. Vintage doilies are so feminine and pretty, it’s wonderful to see them being used in a variety of different ways. These are great ideas, thank you for the inspiration.

  13. acraftymix says:

    So many lovely things, OMW. If I had to chose a favorite it would be those gorgeous bracelets and the Stempunkish gloves. I want some of those so badly Sarah. Can’t wait to see what you come up with

  14. I love crafting with Doilies, I use the paper ones as stencils. Some great ideas here, I do especially like the doily impressioned plates.

  15. Fantastic roundup of doily projects. Lots of inspiration here. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.


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