Paper doilies crafts

Updated February 21, 2017

Create pretty crafts and party favours with paper doilies and a few materials. Doilies are used for more than just lining a dessert or tea sandwich tray. Children, adults and groups can make inexpensive gifts for Mother's Day, birthdays or a little something to cheer a friend who is not well.


Purchase packs of paper doilies in different shapes, colours and sizes. Other supplies to have on hand for paper doily crafts include plain and fancy scissors, ruler, pencil, markers, hot glue gun and glue sticks, narrow satin ribbon, small plastic buttons and tiny fake flowers.

Doily Craft Ideas

Use a lacy paper doily to enhance a photograph of a child or loved one as a background in a frame with glass

Make a wreath of little twinkling lights inserted into white doilies gathered into small cones, attached with hot glue. Spray fabric stiffener on both sides of assorted small white doilies. Let them dry and then decorate a window with double-sided tape. They also make themed party decorations when suspended from ceilings with thin satin ribbon.

Make pretty lavender sachets with paper doilies. Using a hot glue gun, glue the edges of two small doilies together, leaving a 3-inch opening at the top. Fill with lavender and seal the opening. Attach the ends of a strip of satin ribbon (folded in half) at the top with hot glue, along with embellishments such as tiny fake flowers and little plastic buttons.

Create a paper doily table cover. Lay a sufficient number of doilies over a dark-coloured tablecloth so the doily edges slightly overlap. Secure the doilies together with a few dabs of hot glue.

Wedding or party favours can also be made with doilies cut in half and rolled into a cone and secured with hot glue. Decorate with embellishments and fill with candy or treats.

A Few Tips

Keep a craft box handy with an assortment of paper doilies and supplies for crafts and gift-making. They can be found in supermarkets and craft and party stores such as Michael's or AC Moore. Purchase holiday or themed doilies such as red hearts after Valentine's Day as well as embellishments like buttons, peel-and-stick foamies and ribbons when they're on clearance or sale.

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About the Author

For over 25 years, Natasha Lawrence has written for publications from "Alaska Business Monthly" to "Savannah Magazine" and provided destination content as Florida city editor for Wcities. Her expertise in arts and crafts includes calligraphy, painting, mosaics, jewelry making, paper crafts and home decor, often offering workshops in museums and art centers.