Doily Spray Starch Wall Applique


Doily Wall Art DIY

Do you want to add a splash of color and design to your walls that you can easily remove without leaving behind damage?  When planning my teen stepdaugther’s  bedroom, I decided to go with a dark grey accent wall, keeping the decor such that I could easily change the color scheme by switching out the accessories.  One day she will be out of the house, and I will likely be ready to move on from zebra print and hot pink.  Here is a simple, inexpensive, removable applique tutorial, using spray starch to adhere painted doilies directly to the wall surface.


  • Doilies
  • Spray paint in colors to coordinate with your decor
  • Spray starch (I used heavy spray starch)
  • Bowl of water
  • Sponge
  • Damp towel for clean up


  • I stiffened my doilies with spray starch and ironing before spray painting them.  Just follow the directions on the starch can.

Crafts with doilies

  • Spray paint your doilies in a well ventilated area.  I went over them with 3 good coats to saturate them well.

Doily Wall Art

Doily Wall Art

Doily Wall Art Tutorial

  • Figure out where your placement, and make sure the surface is clean before moving on.  Once the doilies are dry,  grab the sponge and water bucket, as well as some plastic to protect your surface from starch over spray.  I laid my doilies out on a trash bag to spray them.  Before spraying, use the sponge to dampen the back surface of the doily.  I initially dipped the entire thing in the water, but that was just no good.  Wringing out a wet doily really distorts and wrinkles it.  Once it is damp, generously spray the back with the starch, making sure to cover it completely.

Spray Starch Wall Applique

  • Press the sprayed doily onto the wall, using your hands to smooth it out and pressure to make sure it sticks.  If they are too wet, they will fall due to weight.  Another reason not to dip the entire thing into the water.  Have a towel handy for any runaway drips that may run down the wall.  I wiped the wall down underneath the doilies with soap and water to remove drip marks.

Doily Wall Art

Removable wall decor

Teenage Bedroom Decor Ideas

I love how it turned out, and can’t wait to show you the rest of this room!  I will let you know how removal goes when I decide to change the decor again.  What fun things do you do with doilies?

Linking to Tutorials and Tips Tuesday


  1. What a great idea! I’ve heard of hanging fabric as wallpaper with the same technique. This is so much more fun!

  2. Love the colors! Thanks again for linking up!


  3. How cute are these ?! I’ve read about the starch thing but never tried it. Now I have to! And I love that you used DesignMaster. I’ve been using it since I had a flower shop – waaay back when I was young :p

    Thanks so much for the follow. I’m returning the favor. Have fun with the Martha Stewart paints! I love them. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  4. What a fun idea! I love the fun of the spray painted doilies…I just love doilies. I want to try this out. I’m still working on the nursery for my newest little one and I think I want to give this a shot. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. This is such a fun idea! I love doilies!

  6. Awesome decor idea!! I love these colors.

  7. These are great! Inexpensive and cute! Came over for the pallet bed….but I’m a new follower now. :)

  8. This is very sweet looking. I love the colors!
    ~ Meredith from A Mother Seeking

    A Mother Seeking

    P.S. Found you through the DIY Showoff.
    This week on A Mother Seeking: I Created A Birdhouse Dream House

  9. These are fantastic! Good tip on the not dipping them. I wouldn’t have thought about wringing it out/wrinkles. :)

  10. what a fun idea! i love it and it adds such fun colors too!

    I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training! Plus there is a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

  11. love your idea. It’s fun.

  12. What an idea.. easy and beautiful. Great job.

    We have a link-up party going on – Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. I would really appreciate if you’d link up some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see you at the party.

  13. What a fun idea! I love the colors you chose. :)

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