Monday, October 26, 2015

Hand Dyed Paper Doilies Tutorial by Tracy McLennon

Design Team member Tracy McLennon is up today with step by step instructions for hand dying paper doilies!


Doilies have been all the rage in the paper crafting world for a little while now. I like to find them in all shapes, sizes and colours if I can. But have you ever wanted a doily that was the perfect colour for your layout or card? is the tutorial for you.

I started with these 4" paper doilies that I picked up at my local Dollar Store. You'll want to separate them all before starting.

Step 1- I picked out 2 bowls that the doilies would be able to lay flat in at the bottom. I put in about and inch or so of warm water. I then added my liquid dye from Rit (Fuchsia and Kelly Green). I put in between 2 and 3tbsp. It all depends on how dark you would like the colour.

Oh, and don't forget your rubber gloves!

Step 2- Then submerge the doilies one at a time so that you don't end up with dry parts sticking to one another. I put in up to 6 doilies at a time. I left them in the liquid for about a minute, perhaps a little longer. But again, it all depends on how dark you would like them to turn out.

Step 3- Take the doilies out of the liquid and let excess liquid drip off before laying them out to dry on a flat surface. Let them dry completely.

Step 4- Your doilies may or may not dry completely flat. If this is the case, and you really want them to be perfectly flat, you can always iron them in between a couple of pieces of paper towel.

This is the layout that I created using October's Main Kit that I dip dyed some doilies for to coordinate.

Enjoy your perfectly coordinating paper doilies! Thank you so much for stopping by!


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