Four ways to recycle old doilies that you’ve never thought of 54



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If you’re like me, you have a pile of old beautiful crochet doilies at the back of a linen cupboard deep in the depths of your house. You can’t part with them, but you also can’t think of a single thing to do with them anymore now that doilies are not exactly the most modern looking decoration.
But, when you look at these simple ideas I think you will be inspired. In fact, if you look long enough you might even be tempted to get out a crochet hook or head to your local op-shops doily pile and see what you can find to make some of these beautiful homewares.

The Doily Table Runner

These pictures from Pinterest tell a beautiful story of how doilies can be used in an innovative and interesting way, sewn together into a shapely table runner.
a) select, wash and iron up to 20 co-ordinating doilies, pinning together into the best shape possible for your table.
b) Sew the edges with a sewing machine or by hand, being careful to shape the doilies together so they sit flat.

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doily-tea-light-holderThe Doily Bowl: perfect for holding little or pretty things on display

a) Mix PVA glue (clear drying) and a small amount of water in a dish.
b)Rub Vaseline onto a selection of different sized upturned bowls.

c) Cover the upturned bowls with a doily of your choice.

d) Paste the glue mixture over the doily and leave it to dry.

e) After a couple of hours you can gently remove the doily and by flipping it over, you have a dish to use for whatever you choose

Doily Cushions

Find yourself plan coloured cushions that match your home or room and create the perfect shabby chic finish using your old doilies.  Use square on square for symmetry or a variety of doilies for a more shabby look.

a) select your cushion and remove the cushion padding.

b) iron the doily and cushion cover and pin into place

c) sew the doily onto the cover

d) restuff your cushion and voila!


Doily Frames

A doily can make the most magnificent decoration, and be very inexpensive to setup.  In fact I think these might even sell well at the markets!

a) select your doily (you might even want to dye them in a variety of colours as the picture here)

b) select a frame suitable for the look you want to create

c) select a backing colour or finish (you could use coloured gift wrap, fabric, or even spray paint to get this right).

d) compile the frame with doilies, backing, glue and hang on the wall…


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Rebecca Wilson

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  1. I use all my doilies I embroider and crochet. Now I am embroidering and crocheting for my daughter and daughter in law.

  2. For those who like these type of crafts , here is an example of what you can do with your doilies -, I use power point in my computer and iPhone a lot for my digital photos and i only take photo of mine and work it out in a nice background then insert my photos .. Cheers !

  3. My mother in law crocheted beautiful doilies, and did my own mother and my sister. When I worked in aged care, family members also gave me doilies crocheted by our residents in years gone by as a memory gift. I love them all, not only for the beauty of actual article, but because they remind me of precious people long gone.

  4. I have seen a similar pic of a bowl made from doilies using a balloon instead of a dish, just burst the balloon to remove the doily bowl

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