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Doily Wall Art the Easy Way, On a Budget!

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!

Doily Wall Art the Easy Way, On a Budget

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, and it did!

I found colored doilies in the $1 bin at Michaels this past week. Then I found the perfect paper to match in the scrapbooking aisle. My doily art was born. Here’s how to decoupage your own.

DIY Doily Art

Gather These Supplies

Two Artist's Loft square white canvases from Michaels

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.

One green doily and one yellow doily from the Michaels dollar bins

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.

Trim a piece of scrapbook paper with a craft knife and metal ruler

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 a square canvas with blue acrylic paint

Paint the edges of the canvases with your coordinating colors. Give several coats and allow to dry.

Add Mod Podge Satin to the center of a square canvas

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.

Spread the Mod Podge across a canvas with a paintbrush

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.

Attach scrapbook paper to a square canvas with Mod Podge

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.

Add Fabric Mod Podge to a round green doily from Michaels

I used my thick Mod Podge Fabric to add dots here and there on the doily. I didn’t coat the whole thing with Mod Podge, just areas, especially around the edges since they curl.

Roll out a doily on canvas with a brayer

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.

Doily Wall Art the Easy Way, On a Budget

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 the Easy Way, On a Budget

Doily Wall Art

Yield: 2 canvases
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $22

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.

Materials

  • 12" x 12" canvases
  • $1 doilies
  • Mod Podge Satin
  • Mod Podge Fabric
  • FolkArt paint - coordinating colors
  • Scrapbook paper - 1 sheet per canvas

Tools

  • Craft knife and mat
  • Paintbrush
  • Ruler
  • Brayer (optional)

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Paint the edges of the canvases with coordinating paint colors. Give several coats and allow to dry.
  3. 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.
  4. Lay the paper down and smooth thoroughly - wipe away any Mod Podge that comes out the edges.
  5. Canvas is flexible, so turn the canvas over and smooth on the backside as well. Allow to dry for 15 - 20 minutes.
  6. Repeat with your second canvas.
  7. 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.
  8. Use Mod Podge Fabric to add dots here and there on the doily.
  9. 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.
  10. Let dry 24 hours before hanging.

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aMANDA

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!

amruta

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.

xo

Anonymous

Tuesday 19th of June 2012

Hi there,Love this idea for doilies but my paper warped when wet. How do I fix this?

Amy Anderson

Tuesday 19th of June 2012

Hi there! It's not necessarily easy to Mod Podge paper to canvas. You have to use A LOT of Mod Podge. You also have to smooth from the inside of the canvas (turn it over). if you haven't seen my videos, they should help as well: youtube.com/modpodgerocks

Crie Artezzanato

Friday 15th of June 2012

Hi..

I love your work. You are an artist. I shared this tutorial on my blog, if you want I can delete. My blog http://crieartezzanato.blogspot.com.br/2012/06/dica-do-dia-quadros-com-forrinhos-de.html

Val

Hugs

Amy Anderson

Friday 15th of June 2012

Hi Val! One picture and a link back to my site is fine. Thank you for featuring me!!

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