This ‘ain’t your grandma’s Doilie {Banner! }

Doilies! Gotta Love ‘em! This time of year they are out in full force! I have to admit that Valentines Day isn’t a favorite holiday of mine! Crazy huh! But it’s true…the hubs thinks it’s too commercialized and there for down plays the event! Don’t worry girls…before you send Mr. Blue Cricket hate mail let me add that he never disappoints when it comes to stepping up to my Valentines expectations! Can you say “Tuxedo Strawberries!” My fave!

Ok…back to business…Shall we make a silly little Doilie Banner that is perfect for this time of year and with my Dying technique it’s the perfect way to color coordinate any Party color scheme for an added touch of detail!

First things first! We need some Jell-O! Good old fashion Strawberry Jell-O will do the trick to tint our paper doilies a pretty pink!

Prepare it according to the instructions on the box and poor it into a cookie sheet.
Submerge your separated doilies and keep them soaking for approximately 5 minutes. I had about 10 soaking at a time so it goes pretty fast!

Drain them as best you can and place them on your oven racks. Set the oven to it’s lowest setting. Mine was 170 degrees and “Bake” them for about 5 minutes. The Jell-O does pool a little in and it won’t dry 100% even but I like that about it! Adds character!

Oh yeah… I’d recommend wearing gloves! Don’t ask me how I came to this brilliant conclusion!

Now onto the assembly… String your ribbon on your mantel! Be sure to leave some hanging on each end! I personally like the way it looks!

Then take your dried Doilies and fold them in half over the ribbon and staple them together! Alternate Pink and White all across the length of the ribbon.

Now we’ll add ribbon in between each doilie!

Once again get your stapler ready!!! You can also tie it on! Pick your poison!

I added Tulle to my ends for a little more excitement!

Simple and easy!

Mix up your color dying by using other flavors of Jell-O! I’ll be making a fun one for my little bugs 1st Birthday Bash!!! I’ve got a few month to figure out what color pallet I’ll be using!

Get dying people!



  1. 1

    Clever idea – I can see all sorts of possibilities here. I am sure I've seen packs of doilies at the Dollar Store.

    BTW I share your pain – my husband shares your husbands sentiments.

  2. 2

    I love the simple elegance of the banner!

  3. 3

    I love this idea. The simplest garland ever. BTW have you ever thought about painting your mantle a crisp white?

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    Kitschalicious says:

    Somebody seems to always be giving me Jell-O, but we really don't eat it. What a great way to use it without it going to waste!

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    A project I can do! I can do stapler's. Oh yes, I can.

    And this a super cheap project…even better.

    No sewing machine, la la la la la la, No sewing machine, la la la la la la….! Yeah, I'm happy.

  6. 6

    I love dying with jello! In college, I dyed my hair blue (for a few game days). Looks great!

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    Beth! I've asked my hubs if I can paint it but he's more afraid of change then I am so it's a no go! We are going to paint the kitchen cabinets this Spring so maybe when he sees how great that looks he'll give in and I'll be set free!

    Heather….I thought of you as I created this banner! I new you'd do a cartwheel when you saw the word STAPLER!!!!

  8. 8

    ok, this is perfect for me I have a bunch of doilies!!!!! yea!

  9. 9

    Wow that is amazing, I would have never thought of using Jello!

  10. 10

    Okay you are fabulously talented (is that a word?) I love staring at your blog all day, wishing I had an ounce of the creativity that you have!You need to move back here to rub off on me :]
    Miss your cute face!

  11. 11

    Jello dye!! Clever indeed!!

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    One Cheap B*tch says:

    What a great idea and execution! I have to admit your red hands made me chuckle. Oh the things we do in the name of good crafting! =)

  13. 13

    So creative and simple. I love the final product.

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    The Girl Creative says:

    Cool idea. I had heard about using jell-o for dying but was not sure how. Thanks for the tutorial. :)

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    Rachel Sue says:

    Too cute! Now, I just need a mantel to hang it on. . .

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    Andrea @ says:

    Love the shot of your hands! Very cute, simple idea!

  17. 17 says:

    I've never tried using that, thanks for the tip!

  18. 18

    I love that you used jello to die the doilies–very cute. I bet it smells delish too!

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    Thanks. I almost have another 100 squares done, but took time out to finish the Market Bags I just posted. It is a very nice lap project. Even in Arizona, the 100 squares are a small enough project that it does not seem to become “too hot to had#8e&nl221; which knitting projects tend to do when temperatures rise.


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