DIY Valentines decoration with a doily and a coathanger

3 February, 2013

Doilies are little things of wonder, an intricate relic of a daintier world whose stars faded in the eighties. (Like most good things, eh? MC Hammer pants, Button Moon, my childhood.) I heard it was once commonplace, before the advent of T.V cabinets, to have a giant doily placed over your telly, to hide its big, boxy crassness.  Giant doilies, eh? Can you IMAGINE.Stack doilies

I recently inherited a small stack of doilies from my Nana. I was thrilled to BITS with this lacey, memory exuding pile. Although when I got them home I figured out why I normally don’t snap them up when they are going for a song at a car boot sale. What do you do with them? They are superfluous wee things. When put on your shelves under ornaments, as is, I gather, traditionally done, they add a fiddliness to dusting that makes me think there was probably a perfect correlation between the increase in women in the workplace and the descent of the doily’s popularity.

I need no other disincentive for cleaning so I have had a LOT of fun crafting with the doilys over the last few days. I am most excited about this:
Homemade Valentines Wreath tutorial

*sings operatically* “YESSS! A Valentines Wreath! It is exactly what everybody neeeeeeds” (Since seeing Les Mis last week, which was basically me paying a tenner to sit in a public place and sob for three hours, I have been UNABLE to not sing almost everything. It all just sounds so much better, makes life a lot more dramatic. Imagine every other sentence in song, if you can.)

You need:
Air Dry Clay – this is worth having, it is so easy to work with and non messy and especially good if you are a parent who likes to craft as it can occupy tots too. Ramona and I can happily play with this together for an hour. Although salt-dough would also work.
A Doily
Scissors (or a cookie cutter – but I love the way it feels, cutting this stuff)
A rolling pin
A coat hanger

Simply roll out your clay to about 0.5 cm, and then cut out your hearts. Place your doily on one corner – or the whole thing, if you fancy- and roll your pin over it again, very, very firmly, just once, it should end up about a third of a CM thick. Valentines Doily decoration

Do this with about ten hearts of different sizes.

DIY air dry hearts doily
Meanwhile, take a coathanger and undo it. Twist it in on itself until it is a sphere with a circumference of about 10cm, with a small hook at the top.coathanger

Once your hearts are dry (this could take up to a day by a radiator) glue them on (liberal with the glue folks, this isn’t the Depression. Nope, just a quadruple dip recession.)
hearts glue

Hang it up! Ta Da!

Valentines Decoration Air dry dough doily

I am pretty happy with how it looks, but mostly I flipping loved making it. So much fun, so quick and simple.

Made anything lately? Would love to see it!

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  • Jo T 3 February, 2013 at 9:57 pm


    • Lucy 3 February, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      AH, thanks! We do it with biscuits too Jo, I will give you a doily so you can do it!

  • Mel Wiggins 3 February, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Ah! So pretty! I’ve seen this loads on pinterest but the wreath ring is a nice touch! x

    • Lucy 3 February, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      Ah, really? Bloody pinterest, can’t do a single original thing these days HA! I’ve only seen this done into a bowl, or into biscuits.
      You do love a wreath, eh, Mel x x

      • nyssapod 4 February, 2013 at 8:21 pm

        Mmm biscuits…now you’re talking! [adds doilies to charity shop wish list]

        • Lucy 4 February, 2013 at 8:36 pm

          They are AMAZING!!

  • Olivia Huszak 4 February, 2013 at 10:20 am

    This is soooo sooo cool! I am totally making one of these tomorrow! AWESOME!

    • Lucy 4 February, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Post on Facebook!

  • lally young 4 February, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Mc Hammer with his big baggy pants! I had a pair of those and a shirt to match ekks!!! I love the doily dodads very kool, its better than that valentines crap out of the supermarket! Really how many cuddly toys and tacky gifts does one person need!!! I really want a mind up walking heart NOT!!!!!

    • Lucy 4 February, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      I had a pair too, though probably too young to appreciate their epicness!

  • Kate 4 February, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    OOOOOH! Beaut!

    • Lucy 4 February, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Cheers mlady

  • Penelope 4 February, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I made some Christmas decorations like this a couple of Christmas’s ago and used a straw to make a hole in the top so i could attach them to pressies with string too. I love a doily heart, always. I recently sewed a new duvet cover from old Horrocks sheets and hand sewed a few of my charity shop doilies all over it, that way i could admire them with out them gathering dust :o) x Penelope

    • Lucy 4 February, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      WOW I LOVE THAT IDEA! i am almost certainly going to sew doilies on my duvet! Thanks!

  • Mama Syder 4 February, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Awww I love it! So pretty! x

    • Lucy 4 February, 2013 at 8:37 pm


  • ChrisTeaAndCakes 4 February, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    This is so stinkin’ cute! x

    • Lucy 4 February, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      You are x

  • Make do mum 5 February, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    What happened to antimacassars too? At least they served some kind of purpose.
    Love the pattern on the hearts, it works really well. I’ll have a to steal a doily next time I’m round my Aunties house!

    • Lucy 5 February, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      I have one of those too! hehe, so funny, all these excuses for dainty lace work around the house!

  • Liz Burton 6 February, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    You romantic old fool you.

    So sorry I’m late getting round to all the magpies this week – mental busy.

    I LOVE your wreath, must get me some of this air drying thangy stuff. x

  • KarenCreftor 9 February, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    This is adorable!
    I don’t technically celebrate Valentine’s Day itself, but I do decorate my home for the seasons.
    Definitely sharing this one
    ~Kaz x

  • vally 12 February, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    wow thanks for sharing this! 🙂 at the mo stuck in a hotel with a baby and a todd… went straight on out to buy us some air dry clay! our first batch was quite dreadful, had never worked with this stuff, but today made some really cute ones… going to offer them for valentines to EVERYONE lol x thanks again!
    ps: thank you Penelope too for reminding that they do need some sort of hanging, just came back from drilling holes on them with a pencil :-s nearly dry… but it worked! 😀