Transform traditional doilies with a dip in dye. The color makes their lacy patterns look fresh and modern. Use them the familiar way, to line plates of sweets, or turn them into gift wrap -- Granny would approve.
Uncoated doilies absorb the most color; coated ones take on subtler hues. Start with a light dye bath, and make it more intense if you like. Experiment a bit -- half the fun is seeing all the beautiful shades you can make.
1. Fill a wide, shallow bowl with water; add several drops of food coloring.
2. Wearing rubber gloves, quickly dip 1 doily in the dye bath (it won't hold up if left in too long); remove it carefully using both hands.
3. Lay flat on paper towels, and blot to speed drying and reduce splotching.
4. If doilies dry wrinkled, press them with an iron set on low heat.
Start with a box wrapped in white paper or treats rolled in parchment. Trim doilies to size, and attach them to the packages with double-sided tape or a glue stick. Tie with ribbon or waxed twine.
Fill a small cellophane bag with candies. Seal the top with double-sided tape, and then fold a doily over it, securing with another piece of tape. Finish with ribbon or waxed twine in the same color as the doily.
Cut and Layer
Place candy in a glassine envelope. Trim a doily so that only the center remains. Then place it over a larger doily in another tint, and tie both to the package.