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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

HOW TO DYE DOILIES - THE EASY WAY NEW BECOMES VINTAGE LOOK!

Pictured below - are doilies I dyed using various easy to find common items.

Tea Bags
Kool Aid
Instant Tea Mix


Tea Bag Doily Dying

What you need:
  • Paper doilies
  • Tea bags
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Coffee filters



I used approximately 1/4 cup of water per tea bag to get the "color" seen in the first picture.,



Heat water in microwave or boil on stove.,



Add tea bags and allow to COOL - using  hot water makes the doilies SOGGY and they might tear.



Pour the cold tea water into a bowl - remove tea bags


Let doilies soak  in the tea fully submerged.


I tried soaking 5 minutes / 10 minutes / 15 minutes.



I found good success allowing doilies to dry on coffee filters - you can use paper towels also.



Here are the dried doilies left to right 5/ 10/ 15 minutes.



Three tea dyed doilies compared with white when fully dried.

Kool Aid  Doily Dying

What you need:




  • Paper doilies
  • Kool Aid / with out sugar
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Coffee filters





Dissolve Kool Aid mix in approximately 1/2 cup of warm water.
Allow water to cool.


Soak doilies approximately 15 minutes - Fully submerged.
I used Ice Blue Rasberry Lemonade for this demo -



Doilies dyed with Kool Aid when fully dried compared to white.





Instant Tea  Doily Dying

What you need:



  • Paper doilies
  • Instant Tea
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Coffee filters


I used one of the "water bottle" instant peach tea mix with 1/4 cup of water




Soak about 15 minutes.
Dry on coffee filters or paper towels.






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