I was experimenting with dying paper doilies this weekend and I love the results! The above doily is dyed using coffee. I soaked the doily in about 1/4 cup of strong coffee for about 10 minutes. I removed it very slowly and carefully and left it to dry on a old dish rag.
I used regular food coloring for these doilies. You need a lot of dye! I filled a shallow dish with just enough water to cover the doily. Then I added a good amount of whatever color I wanted. Stir around and let the doily sit for 10-15 seconds and remove and let dry on a towel. You can leave the doily in longer depending on how strong/dark you want your colors. I wanted a pastel palette and 10-15 seconds worked well! I’m already dreaming of the possibilities for other ways to dye doilies using food/household items-what are some of your ideas?