Doilies aren’t just for sitting on the table under a teacup – turn them into doily wall art using Mod Podge, scrapbook paper and canvases.
Skills Required: Beginner. The most difficult part of this project is decoupaging the paper to the canvas without wrinkles, so pay close attention to that part. Even that is relatively easy!
I’ve been wanting to make doily wall art for a long time, especially after I saw this doily art by my friend Jen.
My only problem was that I didn’t have any old doilies, and I didn’t want to use white ones. So I had to wait for the perfect situation to come along for my decoupage idea, and it did!
I found colored doilies in the $1 bin at Michaels this past week. Then I found the perfect paper to match this canvas idea in the scrapbooking aisle. My doily art was born. Here’s how to decoupage your own.
DIY Doily Art
Gather These Supplies
- 12″ x 12″ canvases
- $1 doilies
- Mod Podge Satin and Mod Podge Fabric
- FolkArt paint – Sky Blue, Turner’s Yellow (or coordinating colors)
- Scrapbook paper – I used Making Memories Spring paper
- Craft knife and mat
Here are the canvases I used for my doily art. You can typically get a “two-fer” pack on these which reduces the price a little.
Here are the doilies. Look for them in these plastic bags in the $1 section. Why did I take pictures of my supplies? I don’t know.
The paper sheets were 12″ x 12″, same size as the canvases. I wanted to take off a bit so that you could see the paint around the edges of the canvases, so I trimmed down to 11.5″ square. Set aside.
Paint the edges of the canvases with your coordinating colors. Give several coats and allow to dry.
Dump Mod Podge in the middle of the canvas. No, seriously! You’re going to want a medium layer of Mod Podge and it dries quickly, so get a bunch on there and start spreading.
You have to work quickly on your doily wall art, and get the corners well. Tip: you should probably use a bigger brush. It will help you smooth faster. Lay the paper down and smooth thoroughly – wipe away any Mod Podge that comes out the edges.
Canvas is flexible, so I always turn the canvas over and smooth on the backside as well. Allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes. Your doily wall art is well on the way to being done. Repeat with your second canvas.
Decoupage over the top of your paper; coat the sides of the canvas as well. Allow to dry and then give a second coat. Allow to dry.
I used my thick Mod Podge Fabric to add dots here and there on the doily. There’s no need to coat the whole thing with Mod Podge, just areas, especially around the edges (since they curl).
I placed the doily onto the canvas and then rolled it out with my brayer to get it to stick. You’ll see the Mod Podge through the doily, but don’t worry – that will dry clear. Allow your doily art to dry for a few hours before hanging.
Put your doily wall art in a special place. I love my new wall decor, and it’s perfect for spring! The doilies came in pink or purple too, so head to Michaels and get your doily on.
Doily Wall Art
Doilies aren't just for sitting on the table under a teacup - turn them into doily wall art using Mod Podge, scrapbook paper and canvases.
- 12" x 12" canvases
- $1 doilies
- Mod Podge Satin
- Mod Podge Fabric
- FolkArt paint - coordinating colors
- Scrapbook paper - 1 sheet per canvas
- Craft knife and mat
- Brayer (optional)
- Trim the paper down to fit the canvases, so a little bit of color will show around the edge. Use the ruler and craft knife to size the paper to approximately 11.5". Set aside.
- Paint the edges of the canvases with coordinating paint colors. Give several coats and allow to dry.
- Pour a bit of Mod Podge into the center of the canvas and spread out a medium layer. Work quickly and get the corners well.
- Lay the paper down and smooth thoroughly - wipe away any Mod Podge that comes out the edges.
- Canvas is flexible, so turn the canvas over and smooth on the backside as well. Allow to dry for 15 - 20 minutes.
- Repeat with your second canvas.
- Decoupage over the top of your paper; coat the sides of the canvas as well. Allow to dry and then give a second coat. Allow to dry.
- Use Mod Podge Fabric to add dots here and there on the doily.
- Place the doily onto the canvas and roll out with a brayer (if you have one) to get it to stick. If you don't have a brayer, use your hands and prepare to get messy. You'll see the Mod Podge through the doily, but don't worry - that will dry clear.
- Let dry 24 hours before hanging.
Like this doily canvas art? Here are some other craft projects with doilies you might enjoy:
Monday 13th of March 2023
Thanks for the great idea I've got quite a few vintage doilies that belong to my great-grandmother and I don't want to set them out on the table but I didn't know what to do with them now I know what I'm going to do with them it's going to look awesome. Awesome idea.
Wednesday 22nd of March 2023
Thank you Tammy! Enjoy!
Wednesday 27th of July 2022
Instead of covering the canvas with paper, can I cover it with fabric? Then do I cover the fabric with the mod podge and follow the remaining directions? Thanks.
Saturday 9th of February 2013
What a fun idea! I have several doilies from my grandma that are just sitting in drawers. I need to turn them into artwork like this!
Thursday 16th of August 2012
This doily wall art is fabulous. I loved the color combination. This is perfect for home decor or you can gift also.
The Chubby Dove
Monday 23rd of July 2012
these are adorable!
i inherited a bunch of vintage doilies and have been trying to figure out what to do with them.
thanks for the idea.