Roses are one of my favorite flowers. They’re so romantic and elegant and smell divine. Whenever I go to the florist I usually end up buying a bunch or two for our home or to give someone as a gift. Just last week they had a special on white roses so I ended up buying six large bunches. Go big or go home right 😀 But in my defence not all of the roses were going to go straight into a vase. I had plans to transform some of them into these Oreo dipped roses.
Aren’t they just lovely.
They’re really easy to make too with this super simple tutorial. All you need is a few basic things and time to play. Okay, before we get to the tutorial, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!
What you Need to Make Oreo Dipped Roses
- Fresh cut long stem white roses
- 2 Plastic containers (one small and one big)
- Black Ink
- Scissors or craft knife
- Plastic sheet to protect your work area
How to Make Oreo Dipped Roses
Remove all the leaves and cut the stems at an angle to create a larger surface area for the roses to absorb water. We want these babies to last at least a week 😉
Mix equal amounts of water and black ink in the small plastic container. The container should be wide and deep enough for the rose bloom to fit in.
Dip the rose bloom into the ink mixture.
Twirl it a round so the ink can settle between the petals before removing it. It’s a messy business so make sure to protect your work surface with a plastic sheet or something. Oh and probably your hands too. I still have ink stains under my finger nails 😀
Gently shake off any excess ink and fill a bigger plastic container with warm water and place the Oreo dipped roses inside.
Wait for the ink to dry, about an hour, before placing your Oreo dipped roses in a pretty vase. Add 3 tablespoons of sugar and a few drops of white vinegar to the vase to keep them fresher for longer.
Aren’t they just beautiful?
A friend of ours mentioned that they look like Oreo cookies. I have to agree. Thank you Greg, you sure have a way with words. I absolutely love that name. Do they remind you of Oreo’s too?
If you like the idea of turning white roses into Oreo Dipped Roses, don’t forget to pin it for later.
Not only did we make Oreo dipped roses, we used a few more to create these multi colored versions.
Making multi colored roses are also super easy but it takes a little longer than the Oreo dipped version we shared on previous page.
What You Need to Make Multi Colored Roses
- Long stemmed white roses
- Craft knife
- Food colouring
- Warm water
- Suitable containers. We used tall shot glasses and a toilet roll, but more about that in a bit later.
How to Make Multi Colored Roses
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.
How Do The Roses Change Color
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.
What Kinds Of Flowers Can You Dye With Food Coloring
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. I would love to know.
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Until next time, hope you have a beautiful, craft filled week. Sending love as always and thank you for popping in for a visit.