Thursday, April 4, 2013

Paper Doily Art

Paper Doily Art

This is a great craft to do for a Girls' Night In. It is easy, relatively quick to make (as long as you aren't too indecisive), and quick to dry if you have a blow dryer to use.


  • Canvas, size of your choosing
  • Paper doilies (These were nearly impossible to find in stores, so I ordered 3 different sizes from Amazon)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • painting sponges (like these)
  • Mod Podge, matte finish (we used almost a whole bottle for 6 pieces of art)
  • blow dryer

All you have to do is paint the doilies and decoupage them onto the canvas. Dry the entire canvas and then add another coat of Mod Podge. Let dry over night. 

Tips: The doilies are very delicate. Do not paint them with strokes. Instead, lightly load your sponge brush and dab the paint on. The doily will dry rather quickly. If it doesn't, then you are using too much paint. Too much paint will cause the doily to curl too much and/or tear. It is better to do 2 light coats if you want to achieve as darker finish. Most of us only did 1 light coat, though.

Applying the Mod Podge is much easier if you just use your fingers, rather than the paint sponge. Put a generous amount of Mod Podge in the center of the doily and use your fingers to smooth out the doily. Add more Mod Podge as needed. Save all your edges and corners for last and trim if necessary. 

Decisions, decisions. What colors should we choose? 

Laying out our painted doilies, trying to decide on placement. 

Many of use ended up mixing our own colors. A little of this, a little of that. Just make sure you mix enough, because it is nearly impossible to recreate the same exact shade!

Works in progress

A few of the different color combinations....

Racheal's finished piece for her daughter's bathroom (still has to fully dry).

My finished piece to hang in my half bathroom. (Amy made one with similar colors.) 

Brenda's finished piece to hang in her living room. 

Jeree's finished piece for her daughter's bedroom...or crafting area... or bathroom. Still undecided. 

Smaller canvas (8x10) with lettering for my kitchen. 

Glass "potpourri" bowl for the bathroom. 

I'd love to hear some feedback. Did this inspire you to make your own doily art?