Thursday, May 31, 2012

Vintage Lace & Doilies: Upcycled and Repurposed


Don't know what to do with all those old remnants of lace and inherited doilies? Check out these unique and fun ways to recycle and reuse these fading treasures. 

Don't have any doilies of your own? Check your local thrift shops and yard sales and I think you'll be surprised at how plentiful (and inexpensive) these beauties are.

DIY Tutorial how to make a lace and wire heart, with video

Nelly Vintage Home

Doily lamp shade from A Beautiful Mess

Video tutorial for how to make a lace and wire heart

DIY idea: frame lace and doilies atop of colored matting

Boho Vintage Crochet Lace Bib Necklace with Antique Brass Chain

Lace bib necklace by Urban Heirlooms via Etsy

Lace & doily lampshades

crochet lamps by NICE (by Naughty Secretary Club)

More doily lampshades

I think I like this one the most

Lace resist painting: lay lace on paper, spray with clear gloss spray, remove lace, paint with watercolors

For the project above you need:
Spray gloss finish        Watercolor paints           Doilies               Yupo paper

You can use any type of paper for this project but the Yupo is recommended because is its less absorbent so it creates a great resist. To make, place the lace on the paper and spray the gloss spray through the lace onto the paper. Then remove the lace and paint the sprayed paper with watercolor paints. Project by Christine Adolph.

Lace printed stationary

Lace doily candle holder: made by soaking doilies in wallpaper glue or sugar starch and forming around a balloon. Sugar starch is 1/4c water mixed with 3/4 cup granulated sugar. For more permanency use fabric stiffener such as Stiffy.


Necklaces made with lace and fabric stiffener by White Owl

Carved lace tape - this would be so pretty on a gift!

Adhesive lace tape

Doily wedding dress


Leather and lace handbags (above and below) by Urbanheirlooms



I'll have to add more hoops ...

Lace in embroidery hoops

Lace doilies on canvas, painted white

Shabby Chic DIY Decoration

 Vintage lace jewelry (made by me!) DIY tutorial can be found in my bestselling jewelry project
 book: Boho Chic Jewelry: 25 Timeless Designs Using Soldering, Beading, Wire Wrapping and More
(above and below)

Also available for sale in my Etsy Shop!

Also be sure to check out this DIY scrap lace curtain:

DIY scrap lace curtain

Did you know that you can use lace and doilies to make imprints in clay? Check this out:

Doily print clay dough ornaments tutorial

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