Vintage Up-cycling Idea: Wedding Gowns


Wedding season is almost upon us, isn’t it? We love these celebrations of commitment, family and fun, and is there anything like the sight of a beautiful bride in a fancy, white lace wedding gown? So pretty!

We have a lovely selection of vintage and pre-worn bridal gowns in our Vintage Boutique, and while they would be perfect for upcoming brides just as they are, we think that these gowns also offer a lot of opportunity for creative re-use and upcycling into new and useful items. Gowns typically use a large amount of lace, fabrics like silk or satin and beaded trimmings that are great for crafts and home decor.


Here, a portion of lace ┬áhas been transformed into a gorgeous window covering. Wouldn’t this be a great use for the larger lace pieces that are often found on wedding dress trains? So pretty! Lace is quite expensive by the pieces, but taken from a vintage dress, the cost savings could be significant.


We love this one! Here, a wedding dress skirt has been transformed into a Christmas tree skirt. Isn’t that gorgeous and dramatic? With all-white ornaments, it would be a beautiful Victorian or French country look.


Here, bits of lace are decoupaged onto mason jars for a pretty shabby chic look. Wouldn’t these make great gifts?


A pillow is a project that’s easy enough for even novice sewers.


Slip some reclaimed wedding dress lace into an inexpensive frame for a pretty and romantic wall art display.


This idea is fun and easier than it looks…craft stores like Michael’s sell DIY jewelry kits…make a locket or necklace out of bits of wedding dress lace!


If you have a little girl in your life, she would probably love a fancy princess bride dress for her doll…old wedding gowns provide the perfect raw materials for this fun sewing project.

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Here’s a gown at Michael Taylor At Home, just waiting to be transformed into one of these creative and fun projects! We have a wide selection of vintage gowns at crafter-friendly prices…so regardless of what project you choose, we’ve got great options for you!

And, thanks to all of our wonderful customers who participated in our Easter festivities last week! From Easter Egg hunts to prize drawings to our Easter Bonnet Contest, we had a blast and can’t wait to do it again next year. ┬áCome see us this week at our three estate sales in Murfreesboro, Nashville and Franklin, and of course, we are open Tuesday-Saturday, 10-5 at Michael Taylor At Home.

My best,

Michael Taylor & Company