Category: doilies

Doily Place Cards

If you are planning a vintage wedding reception, we’ve found the finishing touch: doily place cards! We spotted these pretties over at Belle Amour Designs. This is a simple and elegant idea that can be easily adapted for receptions and/or bridal showers. The place cards are made with paper doilies, card stock, and pretty typography. Read on to see find out more…

Doily Place Cards (by Belle Amour Designs)

Doily Place Cards

These doily place cards are unlike any of its kind because they’re customized with ink color, font preference, and kraft paper. We love how these are large doilies (measuring 8″ in diameter) so they make a big statement at guests’ seats. They even fit perfectly in the center of a charger or large plate. (Outdoor wedding? Place them underneath a clear glass plate so they won’t budge and guests can still see them.)

Doily Place Cards (by Belle Amour Designs)

I love the combination of white, kraft brown, and navy as shown in this wedding. The doily place cards and kraft favor boxes fit in beautifully, don’t you think?

Doily Place Cards (by Belle Amour Designs)

Ready to grab yours? Visit Belle Amour Designs, Featured Artisan in the Handmade Wedding Shop.

Happy Planning!


-E.

What will your place cards look like? Will you use doily place cards?

12 Brilliant Ways to Wrap with Kraft Paper

Wrapping gifts – whether it be for the holidays, birthdays, or wedding favors and gifts – is more than just patterned paper and a roll of Scotch tape. The holidays are fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for wrapped paper and tape by the case. What if this year you pledged to take a more handmade approach? With just a few items like kraft paper, ribbon, and other embellishments (lace, doilies, burlap, fabric, and more) you can turn an ordinary gift into one that packs a delightfully charming punch. Today, we’re showcasing twelve of our favorite ways to wrap with kraft paper while playing with color and adding personalized, artistic touches. Whether you wrap with kraft paper for the holidays, for wedding favors, bridal party gifts, birthdays, or just because, you can be assured the gift recipient will take notice and appreciate you going that extra handmade mile.

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(above) Up first, this gift idea features wrap with kraft paper and tied with twine. A white box inside is filled with yummy cookies and presented with the gift’s name as a tag atop each one. What could be better? We spotted this pretty gift wrap idea via Pinterest via The New Home Ec, which is originally from Project Wedding and photographed by Chelsea Fuss. We love this simple yet elegant design.

For a bridesmaid gift that is wrapped up in charm, wrap with kraft paper and twine. Hand-calligraph, add a locket wrapped around it and a small bouquet of flowers for added whimsy. What a beautiful gift! Not only is there a gift inside the wrapping, but there is the added gift of the locket and flowers plus the sentiment of having it all put together by you. Love it! Spotted via Style Me Pretty. Photography by Connection Photography.

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This is one brilliant array of kraft paper wrapped gifts! This is styled and designed by Justina Blakeney and we’re absolutely smitten with each and every one.

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If you love the au natural look + the elegance of lace, you’ll love this pretty little package. Spotted via Oh Hello Friend with the original source from Kylie Parry. What a beautiful use of texture!

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Pair together burlap, a hint of lace, natural twine, and a box wrapped in kraft paper and you have a beautiful idea by Emily Baker Creative! We love.

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Black ink on a doily stamp, kraft paper, and twine is sheer perfection on this next example. By A Spoonful of Sugar via Paper Garland.

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While I love them all, this next could very well be my favorite. There’s something about a punch of yellow and unique details (measuring tape? genius.) that tie together unexpected elements to create a one-of-a-kind package. By Shane Powers and spotted via this link on Pinterest from Iffer’s Nest.


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Kraft paper + a toothpick flag never looked so good! This idea is crafted by Sally J Shim and was spotted via Party Accessories.


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Add a few buttons and lace for a style that is oh-sew-sweet. This idea is by Francine Clouden of Callaloo Soup.


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Tie a monogram to each gift for a personalized detail they’ll love! This was also designed by Francine Clouden of Callaloo Soup.


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Skip the embellishments altogether for something a little more original… drawn by hand! This idea by Minie Co (via Pinterest) shows you how to wrap with kraft paper and decorate with metallic marker. Brilliant!


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And, last but not least, use kraft paper to wrap gifts embellished with lace doilies (or eyelet fabric-turned-rosette!) for a gift that’s perfect for giving year-round. This idea is by Two Shades of Pink.


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And… that’s a wrap! (We couldn’t resist.)


-E.

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Doily Bunting

A twist on traditional bunting: doily bunting! This is an easy-to-DIY decor piece guests will love. Just dye ordinary white paper doilies, secure onto twine or jute and hang. Perfect for weddings, bridal showers or backyard parties! Spotted via Pinterest from here.

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-THE EB TEAM

Doily Earrings

We spotted these oh-so-lovely lace doily earrings via Stella Bella Boutique. This pair is perfect for the blushing bride – and her bridesmaids. ♥

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doily earrings

Of course, how could we ignore the matching doily necklace? After all, you will want to have a complete set… ;)


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-THE EB TEAM

DIY Doily Vase

Today are excited to feature a beautiful DIY project by our chief DIY expert, Lauren Elise! Enjoy!

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DIY Doily Vase
by Lauren Elise

Hi Emmaline Bride readers! It’s Lauren Elise again and I’m back today to share a simple and easy DIY that will provide a subtle, vintage touch to your floral décor. I must admit that my go-to favorite floral container is definitely a mason jar. I love the rustic feel they provide and despite the many number of times I see mason jars, I never tire of them. But I’m still always looking for something new and unique. I’m not sure how the idea came to be but I recently discovered the awesome qualities of fabric stiffener and decided to experiment on doilies. Right away I saw that the doilies could take the shape of a mason jar or similar container and could then be transformed into a vase on their own. So with a little bit of fabric stiffener and gravity, you can make a doily vase!

Doilies frequently appear in wedding décor (as they should, they’re adorable!) but this would be a way to take that theme and make it more unique. The doilies can take all kinds of shapes so they’re versatile. I would pair them with a collection of vintage medicine or mason jars or old tea tins to complete that vintage look. And the best part is that when the wedding it over, you can incorporate these doily vases into your home décor or spread the love and give them as gifts to friends and family.

So what is your take on doilies? Are they the essential vintage detail? Doilies can definitely get the “old grandma” connotation but for me, they become a lot more contemporary when they are used in less traditional ways. When you just lay them out on a side table with a bowl of potpourri on them then they seem old grandma-y. But if you redefine how to use them, like this DIY, they take on a whole new meaning. For those that love them, how do you use or display your doilies?


Materials ::

° Aleene’s Fabric Stiffener or some other type of fabric stiffener
° crocheted doilies of varying sizes – I bought new ones from Joann’s but you could also use vintage ones
° a plastic bag or something similar to cover your work surface
° smaller plastic bags, like grocery bags
° rubber bands
° rubber gloves
° mason jars, Tupperware, or anything rounded that can be used as a form for the doilies
° flowers for décor



Directions ::

° Get your fabric stiffener and follow the directions on the bottle {image a}. I put the stiffener directly on the doilies, not watered down and that seemed to make them sufficiently stiff. But you can also mix water with stiffener for varying results.

° Take your mason jar, Tupperware, or rounded item and cover it with a grocery bag, securing with a rubber band {image b}. Place your rounded item upright {image c}.

° Put your doily into a bowl and pour the fabric stiffener over it. Put on rubber gloves. Following the directions, work the stiffener into the doily, making sure the entire surface gets covered. You don’t want excess stiffener on the doily though. Drape the doily over the mason jar or rounded item {image d} and let it sit overnight. In the morning when you remove the doily from the mason jar, it should be stiff and hold the shape of the jar independently.

° Fill the doily vases with flowers. For longer lasting flowers, fill the mason jar with water and then place it inside of the doily vase (the doily should conceal the jar inside) before you start the flower arranging.

*It has been a pleasure to be here with you today! If you have any questions about anything I have made, please feel free to contact me through my blog. I am also available to make anything you see. I would love to craft something special for you!

-Lauren Elise

Doily Table Runner

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Doilies never looked so darling! This doily table runner is a lovely way to add shabby chic decor to your wedding. Plus, it’s easy to DIY…
find vintage lace doilies (search local garage sales, estate sales, thrift stores or online via Etsy) in a variety of sizes and stitch them together. Done! Now you have a doily table runner your guests will admire and you can reuse in your love nest after the wedding day!


Happy crafting!
xoxo
-E.

Rustic Wedding: Doily Pencils, Vintage Spools + More!

I adore rustic wedding decor. In fact, I’ve been eying it up even more than usual. Obviously it is because a.) I’m so ready for winter to bid adieu, and b.) there’s a little bit of country in this girl. I dream of someday owning an old farm house with a red barn where I would throw tons of parties. I find this incredibly hilarious because I recall when I was younger, driving through “the country” with my mom and dad. I spotted nothing but fields, barns, two-lane highways, cows, horses, tractors and, to be honest, not much else. I said to my mom, “Why on earth would anyone live in the country? There’s nothing to do here! I will NEVER live anywhere but a big city.” It’s funny how quickly things change when you get older and realize the joys in life are the simplest things: swinging on a tire swing, sipping on lemonade on the front porch, riding horses in a stable, and the aforementioned barn party reference. I’m a true city girl myself, but I do enjoy getting out in the clear skies of the country once in awhile. I guess it’s true what they say… you can take the city out of the girl but you can’t take the girl out of the city. Heels. Must. have. heels.

But, I digress…. I think it’s fair to say that for every post there’s an item that sparks the creativity fires. For this post, the proof is in the pencils. These pencils are simply tiny twigs wrapped in vintage doilies and tied together with leather. An easy concept which adds functional decor to your guest book table. Who knew doilies could be so versatile? Goodbye girlie, hello woods{wo}man:

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So, after spotting these lovelies at Raemj‘s store, I continued to discover a plethora of vintage finds including spools, handkerchiefs, place cards, heart tags, and more. Enjoy!

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More soon!

-E.