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Doily DIY Roundup

1 December, 2010

Clockwise from top left: Doily table seating chart; doily escort card; doily and burlap bunting; doily garland; doily menu; doily bunting with fairy lights; doily calligraphy place setting; doily invitation.

When I was a little girl, I loved paper doilies. I thought, as you do, that they were the absolute pinnacle of elegance. Faaancy. But I have to admit, in the craft stakes I thought they’d pretty much gone the same way as macaroni and egg boxes. How wrong I was. With vintage such a hot trend and the revival of all things lace, both on the catwalk and in wedding world, both paper and crochet doilies are seeing a massive revival, and I am loving it. There’s something so simply pretty about these paper goodies, and the best part of course is that they’re easily available and very budget friendly. Roll them into paper cones for your confetti, hang them in a garland, stick them on clear glass jars to hold your flowers, pop large ones on each place setting as a place card or menu – couldn’t be easier. Or take on one of these (only slightly) more ambitious DIY projects for some extra special noteworthy gorgeousness on your Big Day, and let the compliments roll in from your guests.

Doily Garland

Just leave it to Martha Stewart to take me to DIY heaven. This doily chandelier is just amazing, and I also love the swags on the back of the chairs. Full instructions here.

Doily Cupcake Wrappers

I’ll admit, I was a late convert to cupcake wrappers. I mean, how fancy do cupcakes need to be? And I still think this makes them harder to eat. But the minute I first saw doily cupcake wrappers, I was won over. They’re one thing guaranteed to make even homebaked cakes look wedding formal. Get the template for this high impact/low effort DIY on Intimate Weddings.

Paper Doily Lanterns

If you love the look of paper lanterns but feel they clash with your vintage vibe (or even if you just love the look of these as much as I do), here’s an easy way to prettify your lighting. So easy, but looks amazing. Ruffled has the step by step.

Paper Lace Envelopes

Oh I loooove these. The visual impact of receiving an invitation inside one of these beauties can’t be underestited, especially when paired with a gorgeous letterpress invitation like these are. Again, minimum effort, maximum impact. Get this How To straight from the talented bried on we. laugh. love. kiss.

Doily Drink Umbrellas

For sheer whimsiosity (is that a word? It should be) you can’t beat these ADORABLE pink drink parasols. Not only does it give you an excuse to concoct and serve a signature cocktail, but it gives your guests something to wear in their hair when they’ve had one too many of them. (I am totally thinking of Audrey Tatou in Priceless here, and not myself, I swear. Probably.) Head over to Papermash for all the info and instructions.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. 1 December, 2010 6:34 pm

    I LOVE doilies. Love them! They are so versatile and classic! I love your finds!

  2. 1 December, 2010 7:29 pm

    I’m in doily heaven-these are WONDERFUL!

  3. Liana permalink
    17 January, 2011 9:57 am

    Hi, I absolutely love the doily placemat/underplate idea. I would like to know where can I find plastic or wooden doilies?

  4. 15 February, 2011 5:38 pm

    Love this trend! Great roundup!

  5. 15 February, 2011 5:41 pm

    @Liana This Etsy shop makes wooden doily coasters and clocks. Closest thing I’ve ever seen to one.


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