Blow up a balloon, cover it in doilies using a craft glue. When it's dry, pop the balloon & you have an awesome decoration. Bet you could use it as the lampshade on a small pendant light, too. Great-gramma's and my MIL's doilies may find another use.
Granny square boxes :: I really like the idea. Could be any size of box - just add enough rows on the granny square to make it fit. Might require a bit experimentation on how to apply the squares on the box though.but so pretty.