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How to Make Doilies by Hand

Doily-making is a good introduction to paper arts. Paper doilies need not simply be used as decorations for plates of food; they can be useful additions to other crafts, such as card making. Once you have learnt how to make round paper doilies, you can expand your skills to paper lace-making in any shape. Paper lace can be used for an endless variety of crafts; from creating scrapbook borders to holiday decorations.

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  1. Lay out a sheet of graph paper; place a paper plate on it, face down. Line up the edges of plate with two sides of the graph paper. Draw a circle around plate.

  2. Cut out circle with decorative edging scissors. The perimeter can be wavy, scalloped or zigzag, depending on your choice of edging scissors.

  3. Select a paper punch. Punch a design about ¾ inch in from the edge of paper circle. Work around circle using grid as a guide. Leave at least ½ inch between punch holes. When you complete the circle, take another paper punch and repeat the process, this time a little farther into the circle, again, using grid lines as a guide. Repeat, using different paper punches, until you have created a pretty lace design.

  4. Tip

    Try making square and rectangular doilies. If you don't have graph paper, create some using a computer and printer. Look in children's sections of craft stores for reasonably priced scissors and paper punches. The more variety you have; the more interesting designs you can create. Use the same technique to make lace strips to embellish handmade cards. Create holiday decorations, such as snowflakes, angels and treetop fairies. Use paper doilies as stencils to make interesting backgrounds for cards and scrapbooks. Simply paint through the design with a stencil brush and suitable paint.

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Things You'll Need

  • ¼ inch grid graph paper
  • Small paper plate
  • Pencil
  • Decorative edging scissors
  • Variety of paper punches, for example: diamonds, hearts, flowers.

About the Author

Beverley Gee began her freelance writing career in 1982. She earned a National Diploma in information technology and business studies at Coleg Glan Hafren, Cardiff, U.K. She has written for several U.K. publications including the "South Wales Echo" and her local newspaper, "The Diary." She is also a qualified reflexologist.

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