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Making multi colored roses are also super easy but it takes a little longer than the Oreo dipped version we shared on previous page.
Once again you need to remove all the leaves and cut the stems at an angel. Splice the rose stem vertically with a sharp craft knife. The cut needs to be long enough so the rose can “straddle” the two glasses.
Add a few drops of the food coloring and warm water in each of the glasses. The more food coloring you add the deeper the color will be and for the biggest impact try mixing contrasting colors. We used “green and yellow” and “blue and red” for our roses.
To keep the long stemmed roses upright, I taped the glasses together and added a toilet roll on top. It looks ridiculous, but it was the best idea I could come up with 😉
And that’s it. Depending on how long your stems are, it takes between 1 and 4 hours to see the roses change color. It’s amazing to watch.
Roses, like most other plants, have developed this ingenious system called transpiration which pumps water and nutrients up from the roots into the stem, leaves and petals, where the water evaporates through these little pores called stomata.
Just like sucking on a straw, transpiration creates a negative pressure, which pulls the water upwards. When you add food coloring to the water you can actually see the whole process in slow motion. Mother Nature is so fascinating. After a few hours you should end up with these gorgeous multicolored roses
I’m calling this one a Candy Floss rose. Love that blue and pink combo. And the green and yellow is so striking too.
If you struggle to splice the rose stem or the stem is too thin, you can always place the rose in a single color and you’ll end up with something like this.
The longer you leave the roses in the food color mix the deeper the color becomes.
Any cut flower that lasts a few days in water is a good candidate for dying with food color. Look for flowers with soft green stems like poppies, delphiniums, narcissus, daffodils, lilies, chrysanthemums, hydrangeas, carnations, daisies and tulips. Even bougainvillea’s work. Some woody stemmed flowers, like baby’s breath, work too but it takes a few days before you’ll see the color change and it will be very subtle. Adding the dyed flowers to a bouquet or table scape makes it truly special. Just a word of caution though. The dye will leak out as the flowers begin to wilt or if you remove them from water. So I won’t use them in a bridal bouquet or a corsage, unless the stems are sealed off.
So tell me which is your favorite. The candy floss rose……….
Or this vibrant green and yellow combo…….
Or maybe its the Oreo dipped roses from page 1. I would love to know.
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Until next time, hope you have a beautiful, craft filled week. Sending love as always.
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