Spider Web Doily Bunting

 For today’s Halloween project, I’m going to show you how to make
The first thing we’ll need to do is dye our doilies black because white
 just doesn’t scream spooky to me.
How about you?
Supplies for dying doilies
pie tin
black acrylic paint
cheap doilies (mine were $1 each at Michael’s)
freezer or wax paper
latex gloves (not shown)
(Note: You can dye as many doilies as you like! I used 5.)
1. Add water to your pie tin then a nice long squeeze of paint.
2. Use your toothpick to mix the water and paint thoroughly. It will look like a big dish of black water.
3. Put on your latex gloves and dip one of the doilies in the water mixture.
4. Using your hand, push the doily around in the water mixture to get the paint into all of the crevasses.
5. If you happen to miss a spot when you start to pull your doily out of the water mixture just dip it back in again and work the water into that area.
6. Once you are satisfied that the doily has covered with the black paint, remove it from the water and very gently squeeze out the excess water. If you wring it out too hard you will lose some of the coloring!
7. Lay the doily out flat on your freezer paper to dry.
Repeat with all of the doilies.
(Note: I went through this process twice. After the dying the doilies once and allowing the them to dry in the sun, I felt they were too gray for my taste. I simply ran through the dying process again and was satisified with the coloring the second time around.)
8. Once the doilies are completely dry, use a ruler to measure across the center.
9. Cut the doily in half.
10. Repeat for all of your doilies.
11. Take some black ribbon and stretch it out so that you can line the doilies up underneath it. I stretched mine across my giant cutting mat and kept the ends taute with clothespins. You can do something similar with a table if you don’t have a giant mat like mine! When you line up the doilies underneath the ribbon be sure that you lay them out upside down (the back of the doilies may not be colored as well as the front).
12. Take some fabric glue (I prefer Fabri-Tac from Beacon’s) and run it along the length of your ribbon.
13. Place your doily (upside down!) on top of the line of glue. Repeat down the length of the ribbon.
Continue the gluing process until all of your doilies have been added to the ribbon.
Once your glue has dried and you flip the doilies back around you will have a nice clean look along the top of the doily bunting!
Hang your spider web doily bunting where you dare!
Mine is spookifying my mantle!
And, of course, no spider web is complete without a spider!
This fat little guy is made with a homemade black yarn pom pom and silver pipe cleaners.
Remember, full mantle reveal on Friday!
This project was originally shared on Pocket Full of Pink.
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  1. says

    I love this idea of painting doilies black. I have lots of doilies and these would be a great idea to use up some of them.
    Thanks for sharing at Turn it Up Tuesday,

  2. says

    I *LOVE* how this turned out!! Dyeing doilies is one of my favorite pastimes, too. Thank you for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday and hope to see you again this weekend. 🙂

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  3. says

    What a great idea! The doilies are so pretty but the black gives them just the right touch for Halloween. They look like spiderwebs!I found you through Craft-O-Maniac. Thanks for sharing!

  4. says

    Michele, my mantle has been in desperate need of “something”, but I haven’t been able to put a finger on it. Well, your doily bunting is absolutely, positively “it”! Woohoo! Thank you! I’m going to go pick up some doilies this week and am pinning your post to my Halloween board.

    Have a great weekend!

  5. says

    visiting from A Glimpse Inside- so creative, dying the doilies!! such a useful tip, you could use it for many holidays and create all sorts of colors and banners 😀

  6. says

    How awesome! I was thinking about doing something with doilies, but couldn’t quite tie it all together…. This would be perfect!

    Thank you for the awesome idea and the good thing is, with the right coloring you could do this for any holiday!


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