30+ Doily Crafts with Vintage Doilies

30+ Doily Crafts with Vintage Doilies

What is it about vintage doilies that makes them irresistible at thrift stores? 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 use them in granny chic decor or upcycle them completely, there are a ton of ideas for crafting with doilies.

I, myself, have made several doily crafts for my blog. In fact, this shabby chic wall decor was the original project that launched my blog (and blogging career)!

Framed doilies as shabby chic wall decor

And this Spring table runner was made with vintage doilies that I dyed in pretty pastel colors.

doily table runner for spring decor

Both of these are super easy to make and help solve the question of what to do with Grandma’s doilies.

But I’m still drawn to them at thrift stores and antique stores, which means I need even MORE upcycling ideas! And if shabby chic decor or cottage decor isn’t your thing, there are doily crafts for holidays and accessories, as well.

Decorating a tote bag with a snowy scene

Granny chic decor or the concept of “grandmillenials” is growing in popularity. And that means that more people will be crafting with doilies and looking for ways to upcycle and repurpose them, too.

embroidery hoop wall art with vintage doilies

So, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite doily crafts below to give you some inspiration!

Doily Crafts with Vintage Doilies

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So many doily crafts, so little time! Will you be upcycling any antique doilies in the future? I’d love to hear about your plans for crafting with doilies, too!

Repurposing idea for vintage potholders

There are likely more ways to repurpose vintage doilies than you might think. Because they’re definitely not limited to just the granny chic look!

spider web decor for halloween

But no matter which doily crafts you plan to tackle, there is reason to drag them out of the attic or drawer. And there is no harm at all in modernizing all that hard work!

Plate cloche from a vintage doily

And if you enjoyed these upcycling ideas for crafting with doilies, then you’ll love this vintage teapot that has been upcycled into a needle cushion for sewing!

diy pin cushion in a vintage teapot

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  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. 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.

  16. These are beautiful and I pinned a bunch! Thank you for the fun ideas, Sadie. I made over a lampshade using doilies I had plus vintage Victorian collars and pieces I found over in England. Love these especially the adorable lion pillows… <3

    Barb 🙂

  17. Elizabeth Law says

    A woman after my own heart, I love doilies….


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