Saturday, September 25, 2010

Dye a Doily

{Rainbow coloured doilys, image from here}

Okay, so it's Saturday night and the boys are tucked in and sound asleep, hubby is off watching the Saints NRL game and I have the freshly cleaned house all to myself....time to relax? Yes, of course! Maybe not someone else's cup of tea, but I am able to relax by getting creative :)

So, I am busy planning away and gathering lots of ideas and inspirations for my son Maddox's upcoming 3rd birthday ice cream party. I thought about incorporating some doily's in the party somehow, but wanted a blue one which I can't seem to find anywhere. I know there is alot of gorgeous doily inspirations out there lately, and being a fan of it myself for a long time, tonight I got crafty and figured a way to get my 'blue boyish doily' thanks to good old Martha S!  It is a nice twist to the traditional paper doily and I am all about sharing the love ;)

Things You Will Need:
~a pack of white doilys {available at your local variety store}
~regular food colouring/dye {lucky I have a pantry full of little bottles of food colouring!}
~a bowl
~a pair of tongs
~some paper towels/napkins

Take a look at the photos to help you out {excuse the bad photography!}

1. Fill the bowl with half a cup of water.
2. Pour in about a bottle cap full of food colouring/dye. This amount should give you the right colour, feel free to add more for deeper colour or less for a pastel finish.
3.Use your tongs to pick up the doily and gently immerse in the bowl of mixed water/food colouring.
4.Leave for a few seconds until doily is completely covered in its stylish new colour.
5.Gently lift the doily out using your tongs and place it on a paper towel to allow excess water to drain off.
6. Lift off and leave to dry on a dish.
7. Enjoy styling your newly coloured doily!

I LOVE the how the yellow and the grey doily turned out! Oh and imagine the gorgeousness you can create with the green or a red coloured doily for xmas? I'm loving a black or orange doily too for halloween!

Where might you use a dyed doily?
Create a doily garland hanging on twine, underneath a gorgeous cake/cupcakes, as a coaster, frame it, wrap it around a bottle and finish off with twine, use to decorate a plate. The options are endless!

Enjoy x


Carissa Little said...

Wow Suzsnna these look great. I've filed this idea away for the girls birthdays next year.

I love the idea of the Ice Cream theme. Can't wait to see it.

Carissa x

Suzanna ~ Mon Tresor said...

Thanks Carissa :)
The pink would look divine! I know you can get pink heart doily's from the stores, but imagine doing different shades of pinks...heaven! xx

my little jedi said...

Oh i LOVE this post, you know my obsession with doilies :) i love the doily garland using twine as well.. so simple yet effective! Great work, love all the colours!

Claire Chadwick @ Scissors Paper Rock said...

I ABSOLUTELY love this idea!
Thanks for sharing :)
I think I may have to 'borrow/steal' this idea for Ella's RAINBOW themed party in January ;o)
Great job Suzanna :) Very cool!

Suzanna ~ Mon Tresor said...

Oh Claire that would be perfect for a rainbow party!! Xx

Anonymous said...

I like... I used doilies for Ty's christening invites. I used white ones and added blue paper to make a little more boyish. Wish i had of thought of this idea. You are so creative, as I've said you are in the wrong profession.
Angie x

Suzanna ~ Mon Tresor said...

oh wow angie that sounds gorgeous having them on an invite!
thank you for the compliment xx

Jennifer Birkhead said...

FANTASTIC!!!! How wonderful do they look! Good work Suzanna!!! xx

Anonymous said...

Suz you are so creative. Great job!!!!

Kel xo

Hey Bambini said...

They are AMAZING - thanks for the tips and the inspiration - l'm printing this post off and putting it in my craft file! x

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