Dying flowers using food color is a project you can share with your children. It is educational and entertaining as the flower draws the food coloring up its stem to color the white petals of the blossom. Dying flowers to include in your centerpiece or bouquet can turn an ordinary flower arrangement into extraordinary.
Things You'll Need
- White flowers
- Glass or plastic clear container
- Food coloring
- Scissors or hand pruners
Fill a clear glass or plastic container at least one-half full with water.
Add 10 to 12 food drops of food coloring in the color you want to dye the flower. The more food coloring you add to the water, the darker the shade of your flower. For smaller containers, start with four to five drops, then add more food coloring until you reach the desired water color intensity.
Cut 2 to 3 inches off the end of the flower stems using scissors or hand pruners. Trimming the end of the flower stem before you place it in the colored water will help the flower take up the colored water.
Place the newly cut flower stems into the food coloring water.
Check your flowers after two hours to see how much colored water has been taken up the stem. For many flower types, after two or three hours the flower petals will begin to show spots of color, particularly at the petal edge. After 12 to 24 hours, your flower petals should be the new color.