Mid Century Modern Orla Kiely DIY’s

Get The Mid Century Modern Look with Orla Kiely Crafts & DIY

I love the mid century modern look, which is very popular at the moment. One of the great ways to achieve that look in your home is to add a bit of Orla Kiely. Orla Kiely is a contemporary Irish designer, whose designs have a definite mid century modern vibe about them. The most iconic of her designs probably being the multi stem leaf print. This print has been on everything from, bedding, home furnishings, kitchen ware, furniture, bags, and even garden gloves and digital radios.
Here I have rounded up 12 great ways to get a bit of Orla Kiely magic into to your home. Whether it’s upcycling with a her wallpapers or creating your own Orla Kiely inspired designs, the’ll be an idea here for you. Go get that mid century modern look!
Get the mid century modern look by doing some Orla Kiely inspired crafts and DIY's.  A roundup of 12 fantastic Orla Kiely crafts  and upcycles for the home.
1. Orla Kiely Linear Stem bin makeover – Pillarboxblue
This is my most popular post and has been featured in several places such as Apartment Therapy. Who’d of thought that transforming a humble bin with a bit of wallpaper would be so popular. You have got to admit though the bin looks great.
Upcycle  kitchen bin with wallpaper.  This bin was transformed with some Orla Kiely multi stem wallpaper.  No longer need to hide it in the corner the bin is now a feature & no one else will have one like it. Full tutorial.
2. Orla Kiely Fridge – Casapinka
Why stop at a bin? You could revamp your fridge with Orla Kiely wallpaper.
12 great ways to get some Orla Kiely inspired craft into your home
3. Hand stitch the multi stem design onto a bag – A Beautiful Mess
Update a plain bag with some Orla Kiely by hand stitching one of her designs.
12 fantastic Orla Kiely crafts and DIY's for the home.
4. Orla Kiely Lampshades – Pillar Box Blue
It is so easy to make your own Orla Kiely lampshade or revamp an existing one. Again with wallpaper, this time the daisy print.
How to wallpaper lampshades to match your decor
5. Multi Stem Garland – The Blue Kazoo
How about making an Orla Kiely multi stem garland from paint chips, for a fun decoration.
12 Fantastic Orla Kiely crafts and diy's for the home
6. Line a vintage suitcase – Pillar Box Blue
Because Orla Kiely prints have that retro vibe, they are perfect when combined with vintage revamps. Like with this upcycled suitcase side table.
12 Great Orla Kiely Crafts - Vintage suitcase upcycled with Orla Kiely wallpaper for a great vintage look.
7. Orla Kiely inspired cardboard wall art – Mollee Made
Create your own mid century modern picture with coloured paper.

12 Fantastic Orla Kiely inspired crafts and diy's for the home.
8. Dining room table in the Daisy print – Pillar Box Blue
Revamp an old dining room table with some Orla Kiely wallpaper to give it a more mid century modern feel.
Revamp an old table with Orla Kiely wallpaper for that mid century modern look.
9. Orla Kiely inspired mittens – Just Crafty Enough
For those of you who like to knit, here’s an Orla Kiely inspired pattern.
12 fantastic Orla Kiely inspired crafts and DIY's for the home.
10. Orla Kiely Cupcakes – Hellocoton
I couldn’t find a tutorial for these cupcakes, but they are so adorable I had to include them in my round-up. It shouldn’t be too difficult to work out how to make them.
12 Fantastic Orla Kiely inspired crafts and DIY's
11. Orla Kiely Tissue Box – Tadaam
12 Fantastic Orla Kiely Crafts and DIY's
12. Orla Kiely furniture and stairs upcycle – Recycled Interiors
If you want to see some great use of Orla Kiely in a home have a look at this great home tour at Recycled Interiors. Orla Kiely has been used on stairs, drawers and chairs in this unique cottage giving a truly impressive mid century modern feel.
12 Fantastic Orla Kiely crafts and home DIY's
A lot of these crafts and DIY’s are made with Orla Kiely wallpaper. Sometimes you only need a little wallpaper, I look on ebay to buy part rolls of wallpaper for smaller projects. Also you can by Orla kiely wrapping paper which will work just as well for some of these projects.

Another design company with a mid century modern feel to their prints is Marimekko, click here to see my popular round up of Marimekko DIY and crafts.


27 Responses

  1. […] See them all here: Mid Century Modern Orla Kiely DIY’s at Pillar Box Blue […]

  2. Featured at this week’s Funtastic Friday.

  3. Great mid century design and an interesting article. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  4. I love mid-century modern design, I will definitely be back for some inspiration! Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #CCBG.

  5. Hi Claire! You know I’ve seen this print around and loved it, but never knew what it was called. Very cool! Thanks for sharing and linking up at DI & DI 🙂

    • Thank you ! Yes your not the only one who recognises the print but doesn’t know what it’s called. I have a very good friend who’s a textile designer so I’m a tend to know my textile designers by name.

  6. What fun and festive colors! Like what they do in a room. Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays! See you tomorrow!

  7. I’m inspired by the stitched purse and the mittens. Your post came along at just the right time 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg

  8. Love this style and the round-up. Picking this as my fave for Funtastic Friday.

  9. Very cool! This is not my style but I love the look and the fact that it’s easy to incorporate little spots of it. I love the stitched pattern on the purse.

    Happy Thoughts of Home. 🙂

  10. Oh I love a bit of Orla Kiely, I was luck to get one of her bags for a present recently . I just love love that little suitcase

  11. I had no idea all these designs were orla kiely – although I do recognise the pattern. I love the cute cupcakes – what a great round up!

  12. These are so fun! I live in a mid-century modern home and some of these ideas would be perfect. Thanks for sharing.

    • That sounds lovely. I would love to have a mid-century modern home but mine is just a bit of a mish mash.

  13. These are all really great ideas. I have to pin. I love the simplicity and yet they are so much fun and full of life.

  14. Such a simple, but timeless design. Love! Thanks for sharing at the Talk of the Town party!

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