How to get the vintage look (part 1): 10 doily ideas

Get the crème de la crème of vintage décor ideas in our How to get the Vintage Look series starting with doilies. Plus get ideas for how to decorate for the festive season! 

White washed furniture, wire frame doily lampshades, porcelain trinkets, vintage lace and velvet ribbon wrapped round wooden bobbins: these things combined make the ideal habitat for vintage lovers. How do you get that vintage boutique feel at home? Meet us every Thursday for the next 10 weeks as we show you how to nail the vintage look with DIYs and affordable buys.

This week we look at the classic doily and ways you can repurpose and upcycle paper, fabric, lace or crochet varieties to get a quirky, vintage look. Find our favourite ideas below and more doily ideas on our virtual pinboards.


Paper doily wrapping

Doily cones make for cost effect wedding confetti holders, perfect vessels for mini posies and pretty wrapping embellishments. Via


Doily photo booth and wall art

This is a little bit clever. Designed for a photo background, this starched doily display is a work of art. How badly do you want to try this?


DIY lace doily curtain

Up for achieving vintage chic in an instant? Dig out the fabric doily stash and spend the evening hand stitching a charming doily curtain.

Snowflake doily tshirt sewing pattern

Doily stitched tee

We heart doilies so much we stitched one to a tee. Here’s how we did it. Tell us when you’ll be wearing yours – let’s be twins!


Lace doily pumpkin

Vintagey pumpkins for Halloween. Make them with Allyson Baker.

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DIY paper doily Christmas trees

Pretty up your windowsill this Christmas with these delicate paper doily Christmas trees by Oui Oui Oui Studio.

Starched doily ring dish

Crochet doily ring dish

Use this pretty starched doily tutorial to make storage dishes for jewellery. Make an extra set of larger doily bowls for storing craft supplies, stationery and other trinkets. No such thing as too many storage options!

Doily bunting

Doily bunting

What occasion? Um, it’s always DIY doily bunting time!


Doily wrapped votives

Wrap votives in paper doilies following Eryn with a Y‘s simple tutorial for intimate dining.

Doily invitation

Doily wedding invitations

DIY brides, slip paper or fabric doilies inside wedding invitations for a feminine, elegant touch.


DIY tree branch shelf

Bookworms, encourage reading and make your own mini free library where people can take a book and replace with another. Find the tutorial here.

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