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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Decorating with Dyed Doilies

During a painting project with Sweet Boy I fell in love with the soft watercolor shades we were creating. I wondered what else could be created with the wonderful colors so I decided to head to the dollar store.   
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In the bridal section I found a pack of white paper doilies. They were so lovely. An idea formed. “Couldn’t I do something similar with doilies and food dye?”
So into my cart went:
A pack of paper doilies~ $1.00
One roll of thin ribbon~ $1.00
One box of food coloring~$1.00
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Once again it was time to make a blessed mess. I took a shallow bowl and filled it with cool water, squirted in a bit of food coloring and placed one doily at a time into the mixture for just a few seconds. I then laid them out to dry.
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My daughter will soon be turning 21 and we will be celebrating with an “Almost Famous Seventies Soiree”. I thought that the doilies would fit the tie dyed theme perfectly.
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A pack of larger doilies were a bit trickier to handle due to their size, but none the less they also looked lovely in a kaleidoscope of colors.
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After the doilies were dry I folded each one in half over the ribbon and added a bit of glue to seal the edges.

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I had a few leftover doilies and decided to see what else I could create. I think the doilies wrapped around a small canning jar make for an out of sight centerpiece.
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I stamped a cute VW bus onto a piece of scrapbook paper and tied it on with twine. The addition of some happy yellow daisies make this arrangement quite groovy.
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Next, I cut a small doily in half and wrapped it around a wee jelly jar. A paper daisy adds just the right embellishment to this candle holder. I think the flickering candlelight shining through the lacy cutouts will be so pretty in the evenings. 
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Have a dyelightful day,
The Martha Stewart Craft Department selected this project, as well as “He Wore A Raspberry Beret” craft as two of the top 10 CSI Projects.
Jenny Doh, of Sommerset Life fame, is truly an adorable person for featuring this post on her wonderfully creative blog Crescendoh.
I am overjoyed~


GardenofDaisies said...

Your little doily canning jars and candleholders are really cute. Love all the creative touches you add to everyday things. :-) The party is going to be wonderful!

kim said...

Those are too cute. The colors are great. They are so pretty hanging on the line. Love what you made with them and I love the vintage linen they are sitting on.

Kathy said...

Seriously cute..
Nice brainstorm!
into the soft that!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

mjellis said...

How cute! I love them!

Jingle said...

Those look so good!

Teri said...

So pretty and spring-y! :)

Nancy said...

That's a great idea for dying the doilies. They turned out very cute!


Terri and Bob said...

Those are paper doilies? Wow! They ROCK! :-)

Jules said...

Groovy! What a wonderfully creative way to use paper doilies!!

The Boston Lady said...

Groovy and far out indeed? What clever ideas and I look forward to seeing what else you cook up for this cool soiree. I especially love the use of the VW Bus stamp. Peace, man.

Lou Cinda said...

These are ADORABLE!! I LOVE the colors and what a great idea you had!! I LOVE it when an AHA moment comes together like this!!


Lou Cinda :)

fairfieldhouse said...

These are so sweet I had to pop over to your etsy store and purchase a pair!


Whimsical Creations said...

What a fabulous idea!!

fairfieldhouse said...

These delicate, feminine pastel paper doilies are stunning. I especially like what you did with the jelly jars! I bet they would make a beautiful matting for vintage photographs as well.


The Thriftress said...

This is super cute! The doilies look so festive in different colors.

Kim said...

I'm diggin' those groovy vases :).

aimeewrites said...

LOVE the banner, but I especially love the centerpiece - so cute!!

KS said...

Blondie Blue Eyes

Stephanie Lynn said...

This would make adorable party decor - So pretty! You did a great job! Love the colors

Heather - said...

Aaaaand with this project, I subscribe. You are a wealth of amazing ideas. I can't believe I've never come across your awesome blog before. You have great craft ideas AND the same name as my favorite author! :)

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

All the items made with the doilies turned out so cute. They will be perfect for your daughter's 21st birthday. So cute!!! Love & blessings from NC!

Liz said...

Happy birthday to The Fashionista! Will she be joining us Saturday? After all she is an Arizona Blogger... These are adorable! They are so pretty!


Jane said...

This post couldn't have come at a better time. I am in charge of decorations for a retirement luncheon at our school library. Obviously, the budget for decor is nothing. LOL. Anyway, this would be lovely. So many party blogs focus on baby showers and birthdays. This is so timeless looking and fresh!

alice wayne said...

you never showed me the finished product with the daisies in em!

oh we totes mcgotes got to have a "tiny dancer" sing along.

ok, i'm done blog stalking you.

Holly said...

The doilies came out beautiful...the colors are great!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Awesome!! Love how you dyed them!!

Jess @ Just a Blink said...

Oh, the colors remind me of sorbet! Really pretty! Have a Happy Spring!

jenjen said...

That turned out great! I have dyed coffee filters, but haven't tried doilies yet. So cute!

Roberta said...

Love this idea Laura...and I did not know that the dollar store sold food coloring...great idea! Thanks for sharing and best of luck w'publishing this, fondly, Roberta

KAR said...

Gracias, tu idea es maravillosa!!!! Quedaron hermosos!!!

Volunteers said...

I love paper doilies and dying them gives them a whole new dimension and life! Thanks!