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Homemade Christmas Ornaments from Grandma’s Doilies

I have this box of doilies that my great grandmother made.  Apparently I get some of my craftiness from her because there were a lot of them.  I know that she also loved to sew.  She passed away when I was a teenager, and the doilies have been sitting in a box in my mom’s garage for a while now.  I knew they would be great for an upcycle project, but I wanted to do something with them that would honor her memory.  I was brainstorming some homemade Christmas ornaments this year and came up with the perfect use for the doilies.  Like the ornament that I made in honor of my Papa a couple years ago, I’m going to give these as gifts to family members that loved my great grandma to remember her every year at Christmas. Also make sure to take a look at all of my other homemade Christmas ornament tutorials and free felt Christmas ornament patterns.

Homemade Christmas Ornaments from Grandma's Doilies

Supplies needed:

  • 3-inch embroidery hoop
  • Felt
  • grandma’s doily
  • hot glue gun
  • ribbon

Homemade Christmas Ornaments from Grandma's Doilies

Cut a piece of felt a couple inches larger than your embroidery hoop.

Homemade Ornaments from Grandma's Doilies

Trace a circle on another piece of felt with the inside of the hoop. Sorry about the color change in felt.  I was working on multiple ornaments for the family at once.  You want the felt to be all the same color for one ornament.


Loosen the screw at the top of the hoop and put your felt and doily in as shown below.  You will have to loosen the screw almost all the way since the doilies and felt are thick.  If needed, you can bend the prongs on the top slightly to make it fit too.

Homemade Christmas Ornaments from Grandma's Doilies

Tighten the top screw as much as you can and cut off most of the excess fabric.

Homemade Christmas Ornaments from Grandma's Doilies

You need to leave enough to fold under to the back.


Fold the excess fabric under and hot glue it to the hoop in the back.   Try to keep the glue on the hoop so it doesn’t seep through the ornament in the front.


Hot glue the circle of felt that you cut earlier to back of the hoop.  This just covers up raw edges and makes the back look prettier.

Homemade Christmas Ornaments from Grandma's Doilies

Now all that’s left to do is tie a ribbon around the top for hanging.  Very easy, and I think they are so pretty!  I hope my family members enjoy getting some homemade Christmas ornaments from me this year.

Homemade Christmas Ornaments from Grandma's Doilies

I think you will also like this ornament that I made from my grandpa’s old clothing.

Ornament made from Loved One's Old Clothing

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Tuesday 9th of April 2024

I got some lace curtains for free and plan on adding some Christmas fabric also.

Janie Davidson

Friday 21st of October 2022

I just inherited a bunch of doilies made by my late aunt, and I love your ornament idea with the doilies! Each member of my family will get an ornament with part of my aunt's handiwork inside a little hoop, with info about her written on the back! Thank you so much for the idea! And Merry Christmas!-- Janie

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Tuesday 1st of November 2022

Oh I love the idea to include info on the back!

Nancy Staab

Sunday 15th of August 2021

I love doilies, I have a lot of them and now I have crafts to make with them!! Thanks!

Carole R Ressler

Friday 20th of December 2019

I loved these doily ornaments I came across on your web site. The adults in our family do not buy gifts, we make gifts. Food or crafts. These are perfect for them to keep the memory of our grandmother alive! I did use colored flannel instead of felt. Found it easier to work with.

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Saturday 4th of January 2020

So glad you like them! That's a good idea to use flannel. It's probably thinner and easier to get in the hoop!


Wednesday 6th of November 2019

What a lovely ornament. Fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing.

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