How to Dye Flowers

 Carnations and Chrysanthemums Using Food Coloring

How to dye flowers. White Carnations and Chrysanthemums. Not sure how to dye white flowers different colors? With these easy step-by-step instructions on dying fresh flowers with food coloring, you can make your own fun looking colored Carnation or Chrysanthemum flowers and make your own different kind of floral gift basket.

How to dye flower? It's a good project to do with the children.

You can customize your flowers to whatever colors you desire, dark colors, light colors or even multicolor.

It's easy to make your own colored flowers and the best flowers to color are white Carnations, Roses, Daisies and Chrysanthemums.

They are popular flowers, available all year round and perfect for every occasion, they're the perfect flowers to use to make a floral gift basket.

How to Dye Flowers. Carnations. Chrysanthemums Using Food Coloring

How to Dye Flowers

You can customize your flowers to whatever colors you desire. This would make a fantastic Mothers Day flower basket, birthday gift basket or even coloring flowers for your wedding day... why not?

But remember, always choose the freshest flowers you can find and flowers that are not fully opened, because by the time the flowers open fully, your homemade gift basket will look its best for your family or friend's special event.

But first we want the flowers to change color to make a floral basket.

Below I have used two kinds of white Chrysanthemums and white Carnations but you can also use Roses and Daisies for this.



Things You Will Need:

  1. Some kind of containers. I have three drinking glasses because I am using three different colors.
  2. Food coloring. I have one packet of food coloring. The colors are, yellow, blue, red and green.
  3. Flowers. I am using two kinds of Chrysanthemums. You can also use Roses, Carnations or Daisies for this method.    

How to Dye Flowers Method:

  1. Fill your containers between 1/4 and 1/2 full of warm water. The stems absorb warm water quicker than cold water. Add food coloring. I used (from left to right) glass 1 green coloring. Glass 2 red coloring. Glass 3 blue coloring.
  2. Cut the stems a bit longer than you need for your basket arrangement. Cut the stems on a slant under running water to prevent any air bubbles forming in the stem.
  3. Leave the flowers in the water for two or three days........


........and after that they should turn out like this: 


How to Dye Flowers. White Chrysanthemums.

These are Chrysanthemums. They took three days to turn this color, and they are slightly delicate in color.

The colors are (from left to right) red, green and blue; I think the blue turned out the best.  

How to Dye Flowers. White Carnations.

I also used Carnations and they turned out the best. I did these in the morning and by the evening the pink ones had started turning pink, and by the next morning you could see the other two turning color.

The first Carnation turned light green with a hint of dark green around the edges.

The middle Carnation turned a nice pink with a hint of dark pink around the edges.

And the Carnation on the right turned a nice yellow color with a hint of darker yellow around the edges.

This picture is after two days. The Carnations changed color a lot faster than the Chrysanthemums above, and these are a better color. 



Give flower coloring a go, it's lots of fun and you can create some amazing colors for your floral gift baskets. See you soon!



Before you go I need your opinion:

How to Dye Flowers. Floral Basket

 Here I have one basket. The first picture is without feather grass and the second is with. Which one do you like?

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