The Doily: Wedding Inspiration from Fresh Finds

Let’s be honest.  I (Emma here!) never really swooned over the doily. The idea of it made me think of my grandmother’s wedding (though lovely, a bit out-dated). I had images of doilies in dusty attics, inside rusty antiques, and stuck underneath dishes in old china cabinets. They did not swoon, inspire, or make me weak in the knees.  Instead, they screamed old, cheap, and prone to turning a disgusting shade of yellow. Not cute.  Doily – it’s not you, it’s me. I’m just not that into you.

But… when our team at EB swooned over this delightfully sweet and simple DIY charger (oh, Martha, how do you do it?), we began to re-think the doily and its possibilities. It can’t all be bad… right? We began the search … but where to begin?  Decor? Accents? Place settings? Cake table? Accessories? When our search was complete, we were quite impressed by what we found.   Crafty people of the world – you have outdone yourselves. We discovered some really fun, fresh, and modern doily-inspired finds – handcrafted with love and guaranteed to stay far away from that dusty attic! By using fresh colors, textiles, patterns, and media, the doily has been re-done. And, we have to agree: when used in moderation, with just the right accents (and a smattering of style), the doily can be pretty darn cute.  Enjoy our hand-picked finds:  which one is your favorite?

We LOVE these doily-inspired coffee mugs… {bridesmaids?}…

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… pretty lacy / doily inspired earrings …

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… fun favor bags for your wedding day! …

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… tote bag for the essentials {lipstick, deodorant, extra pair of pantyhose – you get the idea}…

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… a fab necklace we fell in love with …

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… can you say cute? doily coasters for your love nest …

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… a lovely lime boutonniere ….

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… notecards with pretty little lace …

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… “play dirty” tea towel for your ‘nest …

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… a tiny flag banner to delight …

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… headband for your flower girl …

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… stationery set with khaki + a dash of doily …

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… perfect for tea party bridal shower invitations …

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… wall-inspiration for your love nest …

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… throw pillow love …

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… and, pretty thank yous for after the big day!

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  • Patricia

    I so love everything … the earrings are amazing …

  • Stephanie

    WOW – that bedroom back-splash! Major love for those earrings!!

  • BonafideBride

    Okay, so it’s Friday, and I haven’t made a purchase all week… + I see these gorgeous doily coasters. = the PERFECT STORM.

    I caved and purchased.

    And I blame you!!

  • Kristena

    Oh, thank you for including my mugs! I love all this stuff. Doilies are just awesome, no matter how you rework them. :)

  • Lena

    Leave it to Martha to make doilies look modern and chic! I am smitten with that tea party invitation!

  • The Sassy Bride

    I LOVE these…they are all so creative! My favorite are the pillows & wall inspiration…♥ it!

  • Alicia

    I love doilies! These are all gorgeous but I LOVE the pillows! I may have to try and create a few.

  • Alison @ The Knotty

    The tea towel and the doily coasters. Hands down. Game over. LOOOOOOVE.