DIY Dyed Doilies Tutorial

dyed doilies

When it comes to weddings, doilies have a long history. They add an elegant touch to everything from favors to wedding day decor. And it seems lately brides are getting more and more creative with doilies – using them to make buntings, paper cones, place cards and to wrap cupcakes, gifts, stationery and favors. That said, it’s sometimes difficult to find doilies that aren’t plain ol’ white.

Why not dye them to match your wedding colors?

DIY dyed doilies are as simple as can be!

 DIY Dyed Doilies Tutorial

  • You will need:
  • Round doilies (We used a variety of sizes)
  • Food coloring
  • Water
  • Pie plate or other shallow dish
  • Paper towels
  • Latex or rubber gloves

Separate doilies.

dyed doilies

Place enough water in your pie plate so that it will just cover the doily.

dyed doilies

Add food coloring. (For the red, I added 1/5 of the bottle. For blue, I only needed a few drops. You will have to experiment to see how much you need as colors and food color varieties vary.)

dyed doilies

Don your gloves, and carefully submerge your doily. Leave in for a few seconds. The thinner the doily, the darker it will get.

dyed doilies

Carefully remove the doily. Try not to lift it by the lacy edges, or it could tear. I found the best method was to lift it from the solid paper center. Place on a paper towel.

dyed doilies Blot with another paper towel.

dyed doilies

Let dry. It took about half an hour for mine to dry. Aren’t they lovely?

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I love how they look under tea cups. I am going to make a bunting with the extras!

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  1. Posted by Amy on November 5th, 2013 at 10:38pm

    How do you keep the color from bleeding if it gets wet?
  2. Posted by marquisha on August 4th, 2014 at 9:33pm

    Thank you so much for this! You just saved me SO much money with this tutorial! I will be combining this method with your cupcake wrapper tutorial for an upcoming wedding. Funny thing is that I am making them in the same colors that you have posted. I know this post is old, but will the colors get darker if I leave them in longer or use more coloring?
  3. Posted by sue brown on April 4th, 2015 at 3:59am

    I just love your doyly dyeing idea,so clever and simple as well as wonderful colours.Thank you for sharing :)
  4. Posted by Mandy Coker on April 20th, 2015 at 8:42am

    Have u tried ironing them after dying. They turn out like new. I usually iron them when they r still damp.
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