Organize Your Space With DIY Dyed Doily Bowls

Posted by Morena Hockley
Learn how to transform doilies into colorful & useful bowl organizers, perfect for a creative & clean workspace.

The thought of dying fabric used to overwhelm me. Boiling water, fumes, choosing the right thanks! Then I tried Tulip's One Step Tie Dye kit and was hooked. I immediately began looking for new ways to use the dyes to create stuff with! I've already shown you how to use glue to create with tie dye, now I'm going to show you how to up cycle old doilies with tie dye!

I have a big doily collection...they're one of the things I can't seem to pass up at yard sales! I was pleasantly surprised at how easy they are to color with dye, and they look amazing in these bright colors, don't you think? By turning the doilies into bowls I not only get a beautiful piece of decor, I also get some sweet storage bowls for my craft room!


  • Doilies
  • Tulip One Step Tie Dye
  • Aleene's Fabric Stiffener
  • Bowl
  • Plastic wrap or foil

Place the doily in a shallow bowl or pan. Add water to the dye bottle, close the top, and shake until the powder has dissolved in the bottle. Spray the liquid onto the doily to soak it completely. Wring the excess dye out and place the doily in a plastic bag for several hours. Repeat with the other doilies.

Rinse the doilies thoroughly until the water runs clear. Hand wash them or wash them on the gentle cycle and lay flat to dry.

Cover a bowl with plastic wrap or foil. This will make it easier to remove the doily from the bowl once it is dry!

Place the doily in a shallow bowl and cover it with Aleene's fabric stiffener. Squeeze the doily to get the fabric stiffener into all the nooks and crannies and to remove the excess.

Drape the doily over the bowl and let it dry overnight.

Once the doily is dry it will be extremely stiff! Simply peel the foil or plastic wrap off the bowl to remove the doily, then carefully remove the foil by peeling it off. The doily will now have a hard, plastic like feel to it. I just love this pop of color in my craft room. My bowls hold ribbon and other small items I want to keep organized. How will you use your DIY dyed doily bowls?