When it comes to decoupage, we often forget how many different kinds of decoupage there really are! We tend to get distracted by the classic paper and diluted glue technique because that was the first kind we tried when we learned how to decoupage, but you can actually make crafts using the same techniques but other materials swapped out for paper too! For example, we’ve also tried decoupage with different fabrics of all kinds and even flowers and petals. So, what’s our very favourite thing to create decoupage projects with, you ask? We’ve actually become completely obsessed with lace decoupage!
Just in case you love getting creative with classic techniques as much as we do and want to try some new things when it comes to decoupage, here are 15 fantastic lace decoupage techniques that will help you shake things up in an absolutely stunning and often almost vintage looking way.
1. Lace trinket box with a sheet music lining
Are you actually quite attached to the idea of paper decoupage because you love the way it looks and, even though you absolutely want to try your hand at doing it with lace, you’d prefer a project that lets you do both? In that case, this wonderfully adorable little trinket box is the perfect idea for you! We love the way The Feathered Nest lined the inside with old sheet music and embellished the outside with an intricate looking lace trim, both using decoupage.
2. Lace and fabric jewelry box
Are you very into the idea of making a combination decoupage project but rather than paper you’d prefer to stick with fabrics? Then why not choose a material that looks equally vintage inspired to your pretty lace? We love the way Svijet Krozmojeoci embellished a jewelry box to feature a pretty floral fabric on top with a lovely lace trim all around the edge.
3. Lace trimmed glass jar
Have you always loved the idea of upcycling simple clear glass jars because they’re so useful for storing small things like craft supplies and bathroom necessities, but you’d rather use DIY embellished ones so they look a little fancier than the would just plain? In that case, we definitely think you should take a look at how Modpodge Rocks used strips of lace and simple decoupage techniques to fancy their glass jars up a little.
4. Shabby chic lace decoupage bangle
Have you always love the idea of chunky bangles and soft bracelets because you find that they give you a softer style and also make less noise? Well, lace decoupage can be your best friend for making your own fabric bangles too! We love the way Etcetorize started out by covering old bangles in fabric using decoupage techniques and then repeated the process again on top to add a pretty lace layer all around the outside.
5. Lace and vintage magazine trinket jar gift
Have you actually already made yourself lace embellished glass jars before and you love the way they look so much that you think they’re pretty even when they’re just holding your cotton swabs on the bathroom counter? Then perhaps you’d be open to the idea of packaging the next gift you give a friend in a jar just like those, but perhaps a little bigger, depending on what it is! Recycled Interiors shows you how they made this one with a screwing lid so whatever gift they put inside stays safe but is also easily accessible.
6. White lace flower brooch set
Okay, we fully understand that we said this post was all about lace decoupage and this option doesn’t quite fit into that category, but these little lace buttons are so pretty that we just couldn’t resist putting them on our list! Busy Mom Help guides you through the process of gathering the lace around a fabric button to look like flower petals. We like that you could actually turn this into a decoupage project if you don’t have buttons that are already fabric covered.
7. Lace decoupage fall table runner
Have you always kind of looked longingly at larger fabric projects because you love the idea of making custom pieces but you don’t sew and you’re not sure you’re quite ready to tackle learning that DIY art quite yet? In that case, if you’re still in love with the idea of lace, we think we might have found just the tutorial for you! Check out how Girl in The Garage transformed a strip of burlap into a gorgeous table runner using decoupage techniques all along the top of several strips of lace.
8. Vintage inspired lace lamp
If you’re going to do fabric decoupage with lace, would you prefer to stick to the basics of layering your fabric on something with a little more substance rather than just more fabric? Perhaps you’ve actually just been scrolling through our list looking for ideas that really take the whole vintage inspired aesthetic into account? Either way, we absolutely think you should take a look at the way Jaderbomb used lace and decoupage techniques to create a layered lamp shade that looks straight out of the 1970s!
9. Paper lace doily decoupage canvas
This lace decoupage project is a little bit different than the other ideas we’ve shown you so far for several reasons! Firstly, it uses paper lace doilies rather than actual fabric lace. Besides that, you’ll actually peel the lace paper off very carefully once you’ve painted over it and let your canvas dry, leaving behind a beautifully delicate looking silhouette. See how it’s done in more detail on Martha Stewart!
10. Silver and gold paper lace books
Have you always loved the idea of décor made from old upcycled books? Well, that might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of projects that use decoupaged lace, but that doesn’t mean the ideas aren’t out there! This absolutely stunning metallic lace book idea from Live Love DIY shows you how to use paint and decoupage techniques to make a gilded paper lace book décor piece.
11. Lace decoupage candle wraps
Have you always been a huge fan of candles but you prefer buying the plain ones, not because you like their simple look, but rather because they’re such a great DIY and crafting opportunity? In that case, here’s another embellishment idea for your archives and- as you can probably guess- it totally involves lace! We love the way Girl in The Garage used decoupage techniques to layer small strips or burlap and lace in order to make wraps that give your candles a bit of a rustic aesthetic.
12. Lace decoupage mug planter
Of all the options we’ve come across so far, this adorable lace covered mug planter from Busy Mom Help might be our very favourite. It’s not exactly complicated, but it certainly uses lace decoupage and we love that it combines that technique with a bit of gardening, something you wouldn’t exactly expect to find in the same place as a lace based craft!
13. Vintage lace train case
Have you always loved the vintage aesthetic and inspiration pieces in all aspects of DIY and décor, whether there’s lace involved or not? Then it makes total sense that you’d be interested in upcycling an old fashioned train case! We’re huge fans of vintage travel pieces as well, so imagine our excitement when we came across this feature on Pinterest that combines those with lace decoupage!
14. Shabby chic vintage label and lace jar decor
Even though we’ve shown you so many beautiful lace projects by this point, are you still completely enamoured with the idea of using lace decoupage to upcycle empty glass jars? Then here’s yet another way to make it happen from Shabby Chic Treasures! We love the way they used a vintage label cut out from a magazine to add a particularly rustic chic element in addition to the lace.
15. Burlap and lace decoupage locker organizer
Have your kids taken an interest in lace decoupage too since you’ve been obsessing over it and making all kinds of pretty things, so you’ve been hoping to find a project that they can not only make themselves but also actually get some use out of? In that case, we think they might find this DIY locker hanger tutorial from Rachel Teodoro helpful! They show you how to use decoupage techniques to affix lace around the pockets where your kids can keep things like Chapstick and gum in their lockers.
Do you know someone who adores everything about lace just as much as we do, if not more? Share this post with them to show them a new technique for working with their favourite fabric so they can make all kinds of new things!