I’ve paired up with a group of talented ladies to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store or yard sale. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild!
I really love the vintage doilies that I see at almost every thrift store in town and wanted to figure out a way that my readers can use them in their homes.
With shabby chic and vintage decor being so popular now, I decided that I could make roses out of the doilies. Being a cake decorator, I make roses out of fondant all the time. I knew that I could make roses out of the doilies using the same technique I use with fondant. When I went to the thrift store looking for vases, I found three milk glass vases. Milk glass will be perfect for my vintage doily roses, and these vases are really inexpensive!
You need wire, floral tape, and a glue gun. I had some pieces of wire used for cake decorating leftover from a cake so I used it.
Wrap the wire with floral tape.
Fold your doily over several times. Then start rolling the from one end to the other.
When you have it rolled up, it should resemble a rose. Put a dab of hot glue on the doily to hold the rose together.
The same technique works with every type of round doily that I tried.
I have even cut large doilies in half and the doily did not unravel like I thought it might.
I pulled the edge of the doily away from the center to look more like a rose that is opening.
I hope that you find this doily rose tutorial helpful where you can create these roses yourself.
Be sure to check out all of the other creative upcycle projects my fellow bloggers have come up with!
Amanda at The Kolb Corner says
These are so pretty! I see doilies all the time at thrift store, but never thought about using them in this way.
michelle james says
Wow! These are so creative!! I really want to try these! I love the shabby chic look and these are so pretty!
What a great idea! A very creative way to display dollies hat have been handed down from my grandmother instead of leaving them in a drawer and never used!
SOOOOO creative! I’ve always wanted to know how to make flowers like that! I’m definitely going to do this over the weekend!
Erlene A says
Oh my gosh, so clever! I love doilies and have a stash in my craft arsenal. I’ll definitely need to try this and make some.
Shirley Wood says
What a pretty idea. A whole bouquet would be fun too. I have a few and had no idea what to do with them! Now I know.
What a cute craft idea! Very clever to turn them into roses!
These are beautiful. I can see lots of possibilities for using these in all sorts of projects.
Those flowers are adorable, Sherry! It seems easy to make, and I have lots of laces and doilies from my mother in law so I may give it a try
Julie Briggs says
These are so cute! I have some milk glass vases I’ve been trying to figure out what do with, and this is the perfect project.
Mary-the boondocks blog says
This is such a cute idea Sherry. My MIL left me a ton of doilies that I don’t know what to do with. This would be a great project. Pinning.
How clever Sherry, these roses look absolutely adorable and I love the doilies you used. They’d look great with my decor!!!
Nice way to show off a piece of art, because that’s what doilies are….Art!! I can’t imagine having the patience to create one.
Victoria at DazzleWhileFrazzled says
What a cute, ingenious idea! Love it in the milk glass vases. Thanks for linking up with Funtastic Friday.
I have so many doilies that I don’t know what to do with….now I do! I love this easy craft and what a pretty accent for any décor. Thanks for the tutorial.
Those are absolutely stunning! You may have just inspired me for another doily project. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the DI & DI Link Party. Have a great week!
Nikki Frank-Hamilton says
Sherry, I love this! What a great way to turn a doily not used into something this beautiful. These doily roses would look great on a wreath with burlap, or on one of my pillows. They are so pretty. And you’ve made them simple to make with your directions. Thanks!
Lori Leeper says
Those are the cutest!! I have tons of doilies… Now I know what I’m going to do with them!!
Marsha Law says
These are just perfect for some of my thrift-store finds. Thanks for sharing on DIY-Crush.
Sherry, these are adorable and what a fabulous way to use some of the many doilies in my stash.
Thank you for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday this week. I’ve pinned and I’m also delighted to be featuring this post at tomorrow’s party.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne
Thank you so much for the feature!! I am so excited.
Chloe Crabtree says
Such pretty roses you have made! Did something happen to your header? Isn’t Savvy Apron usually up there? Maybe not, maybe I am just crazy! I have seen doilies for sale at so many sales and shows I have gone to, and never thought a second thought about what I could make with them. These would be so pretty on a Valentine’s wreath, or even on a Christmas tree! Thank you for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!
Thank you so much for letting me know about my missing header. I was leaving to go out of town and I would have been so upset. I have my daughter working on it now!
What a lovely repurpose of vintage doilies!! The flowers look so pretty!! This is such a great idea!!
Those are adorable!
Kim Six says
What a beautiful idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing at You’re Gonna Love It!