Sharpie Tie Dye Wall Art

September 26, 2015Laura Mason


Hello again. Today, I’m showing you how to make this fun and simple sharpie tie dye wall art. I actually recently discovered tie dyeing with alcohol and sharpies, and I kind of love it. I think you’re going to like it, too. I have to admit though, an alternate title for this post is “what to do when you absolutely hate something that you’ve made.” You’ll see what I mean in a minute…

Ok so before we get started, here is what you will need:

  • Empty frame/embroidery hoop (mine is actually from an old canvas – I pulled off the canvas but kept the frame part)
  • Wood stain (optional)
  • A doily (you can find them at Joann’s for $4-$6)
  • Sharpies (or any permanent marker)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton string (or twine or yarn or whatever you like)


Step 1 (optional): Stain your frame. I used Rustoleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Driftwood – it might be my favorite color. I might stain every project I ever do this color.


Step 2: Draw on your doily with sharpies! (I actually used Bic Mark-It markers…)


Step 3: Drip small amounts of alcohol onto the colored parts of your doily. You can use an eye dropper or something like that – I didn’t have anything so I just poured alcohol into the cap, and used that to drip a little bit on at a time.

When your beautiful, fall-ish purple turns hot pink, you have permission to hate everything. Spend some time hiding in bed. Throw a small tantrum. Whatever helps. **Incidentally, I would recommend testing the colors before you actually put them on your doily… if you don’t have scrap fabric you could test them on paper.


Step 4: Regroup. Take a deep calming breath. Cut out the center part (which actually turned out cute and fall-ish) and begin to string onto your frame.

This part isn’t as hard as you would think, just a little time consuming. Start with the cotton thread behind the frame. Leave yourself a couple inch tail – you will tie this off later. Bring the thread through the front of your doily and out the back. Now bring it up and behind your frame. And just keep doing that, all the way around. (Ignore the last thread in the above picture – it should be going behind the frame – I guess I was just resting it there? Ha, I didn’t even notice until just now that it wasn’t in the right place)


Step 5: When you make it all the way around, tie a knot and that’s it. If you notice strings slipping out of place, (especially the ones at the corners) add a dab of glue or hot glue to hold them in place. And that’s it. Enjoy your new wall hanging. Have a great weekend!


Comments (1)

  • Leisa

    September 30, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Thanks for the cool idea. I actually have some vintage doilies made by my grandmother. A few coloful picture frames and your idea to string them might look totally cool . Without being dyed.

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