Craftiness, Thrifty

Ten new uses for old lace

23 October, 2012

I love old lace, I gather reams of it whenever I visit car boot sales. I simply can’t say no. Fortunately there are a million and one craft projects you can create with lace, so even when I am buried beneath it, gasping through the intricate florals, I will be squawking  “Lace! More Lace!”

Here are some of the things I have whipped up, and some of the things I have plans for. Click the links to be taken through to the How-To’s and Tutorials.

1- Perfect rosettes. The picture above are some lace rosettles on a flapper-style head band I made for a favourite little rascal I know. Lace is quite forgiving and looks beautiful even if your rose is a bit haphazard!

2- Classy lightbulbs. Simply spraypainting through lace onto normal old lightbulbs just makes the most beautiful thing – and  imagine the shadow they cast! I spied this on Pinterest and it went straight on my “15 minute craft” board.

3- Encase it in resin. A little bit of resin goes along way in my books! I love encasing bits and pieces in resin – it is so easy but looks pretty pro. I love the look of this little snippet of lace, I  turned it into a delightful keyringby simply rilling a tiny hole in the corner- but it could easily be turned into some jewelry.

4- Gorgeous plant pots. Amazing what a small strip of lace can do to a boring old planter. Suddenly a gift of bulbs in a pot is taken to a lush new level, with just lick or two of homemade mod podge.

5- New t-shirts. I love making small adjustments to things in my wardrobe. Once I get some time I am going to add new life to my old tees with a touch of lace. I did it to my first DIY baby-sling too- turning it from a plain black number to something a bit, er, kinda saucy.

6- A no-sew skirt Kids love dressing up, and parents love it if the dressing up box is packed with bargainous, easy to make items, no?  Enter the no-sew lace skirt by the thrifty Missie Lizzie.

7- Handy bowl This bowl is just 15 sloppy minutes of making and you have a vessel that is tough and pretty.

8- Elegant pegs With just two minutes and a slick of home made mod podge you can upcycle some pegs. We use pegs for hanging all sorts; cards, photos, leaves we have collected.  (I also just got sent decorated pegs with strips of magnet on the back for the fridge- how genius is that?!)

9- Upcycled Scarf. I tend to keep my scarves for years (when I have managed to not leave them on the bus) so this idea of adding lace to the ends massively appeals to me, giving a bit of pizazz to a scarf you’ve had for yonks. And it looks stunning, hey?

10- And, finally… Snazzy slippers I made these slippers out of the armpit of a jumper I felted, they were so, so simple but the trim of vintage lace makes them look just a little bit fancier.

Have you made or spotted a new use for old lace? This is merely ten out of a whole UNIVERSE of ideas, so do share…

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  • TheMadHouse 23 October, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I love this, please do submit it to the new share a post on the tots, so I can feature it in the thrifty reads section

    • lulastic 24 October, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Thanks 🙂 and done! 🙂

  • lally Young 24 October, 2012 at 11:23 am

    In the summer we lace mobiles and hang them in the garden, they look really pretty when the wind gets hold of them. We use a waterproofer so they can stay out side. Also my son for his art project at school made a lace heart, by using strips of lace, to fit inside the heart he cut out of a canvas. It was very pretty and dramatic.

    • lulastic 24 October, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      They both sound so pretty! Love the garden idea 🙂

  • Kelly Innes (@domesticgoddesq) 24 October, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Love this post (and the links.) Have pinned it to my upcycled board. Hope that’s ok?

    • lulastic 24 October, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Oh go for it, thanks: )

  • sallytangle 24 October, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    such a lovely post and fab ideas!!xxx

    • lulastic 24 October, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      People are clever out there eh? X

  • thriftshopperforpeace 24 October, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    such great ideas! love the pegs and the resin – am forwarding that little piece of brilliance to my jewelry making sister!

    • lulastic 24 October, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Oh I’d love to see what she does with it! X

  • Lucy (@Lucy_AHF) 25 October, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    This is all so fantastic and lovely!

  • thecraftypioneer 26 October, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Some wonderful ideas. Thanks for the post.

  • fashionforlunch 28 October, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Great blog! I’m following, it’s right up my street!

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