a while back i was inspired by a project i saw on one of my favorite crafty blogs,
tatertots and jello.

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you can see her project and a full tutorial here.

i have several doilies that i inherited from my grandmother and her sister. they were handmade by their mother, my great grandmother. i love that my family has a tradition of handmade crafts that i get to carry on. i wanted to test “the doily project” on some doilies that didn’t have sentimental value, so i found 3 for $1.50 at an estate sale. i changed up the original project, using painted canvases instead of scrapbook paper.

it turned out well, i think. the colors are fun and modern, but the doilies are delicate and antique. i love the contrast.
i bought 3 canvases at micheal’s and painted them with acrylic paint and a sponge brush. it took 3 coats, but eventually looked great.
i centered the doilies and then poured a good amount of mod podge on top of them. i smoothed the mod podge with a foam brush, covering the doily completely as well as the frame.

it will look a little funky until the mod podge dries.

i patiently waited for the mod podge to dry, and the finished canvases look great.

for other awesome mod podge products, check out mod podge rocks, a blog that is totally about mod podge projects.

do you have any heirlooms that you’ve used in craft projects?

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11 Comments on get crafty – the doily project

  1. I am working on how to display old barbering tools. Not sure yet what I want to do. I have a doily that my grandma made, but I have it behind glass in an old frame with fabric behind it. Your idea looks like fun. I may try it with one that I’m not so attached to. Love the colors you chose!

  2. thanks for the feedback y’all!

    ron & connie – i wouldn’t do this with my grandmother’s either. i have hers on display as well. i bet you can come up with something really cool for vintage barber tools.

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