How to Make a Vintage-Inspired Border with a Doily


Even though like I said in my last post, I am not ready for summer to end, I have had fun getting some Fall projects ready to go for Autumn.

vintage picking basket before being recreated

Back in the early summer, some friends salvaged some of these beautiful vintage picking baskets for me and I have been just itching to use them.  There were several sizes but I was particularly drawn to this shallow shape. I can just imagine all of the yummy and colourful apples it probably held at one time.

Since I loved the vintage feel of the baskets, I wanted to preserve that feel in my plans to paint it.

plastic doily used to make the perfect vintage inspired borderI found this plastic doily at the dump store this summer and thought the pattern around the edges was so lovely.  When I found it, I instantly thought of the baskets and how pretty it would be on them.

adding the perfect vintage looking boarder with a plastic doily and paintTo give the basket my Fall makeover, I gave the middle slats on the outside, a coat of Fusion Mineral Paint in Fort York Red and Inglenook on the inside.

Once the middle was painted, I used the same Fort York Red to paint the vintage-inspired border around both edges of the basket.

With the doily being plastic, it held up incredibly well with the paint. Paper doilies could be used as well, but you may need a few in case they break down from the wet paint.

adding text to a vintage picking basket

The script was added using the graphite paper method to outline the words. You can see how to do this here… They were then painted in the same Inglenook colour as the inside.

{Find the FREE Printable for the script here} 

The perfect vintage boarder made with a doily and paint

Vintage picking basket painted for Fall with perfect doily border

I love, that even though the basket was given a makeover, it still has a beautiful vintage feel.  The doily was a perfect choice for the border and was so easy to use, I am so glad I grabbed it when I saw it!

vintage picking basket recreated with paint and a plastic doily


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Using a doily to get the perfect vintage border

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