No Thanks
Keep In Touch With

Sign up and we'll send inspiration straight to you.

Martha Stewart takes your privacy seriously. To learn more, please read our Privacy Policy.


Dyed-Doily Gift Wrap

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.

Created By: Johnny Miller, Raymond Hom




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. Step 1

    Fill a wide, shallow bowl with water; add several drops of food coloring.

  2. Step 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. Step 3

    Lay flat on paper towels, and blot to speed drying and reduce splotching.

  4. Step 4

    If doilies dry wrinkled, press them with an iron set on low heat.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2010



Reviews (1)

  • NatiV 19 Jan, 2011

    this is oh so pretty and doesn't look to hard to do