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How To Dye Fresh Cut Flowers in 5 Steps

If you want unique and interesting looking flowers to add to the d├ęcor of your home or to surprise someone with an interesting gift you can learn how to dye your own flowers. There is an art to dyeing flowers and with enough practice and you can naturally create unique looking bouquets like the rainbow roses.

To start dying your own flowers you will need a few things: color dye, a plastic container to hold the flowers and a vase to put your flowers in after you have completed the dyeing process. The color dye can be food-coloring you buy from the grocery store. Once you have all of these you are ready to start dyeing your own flowers.

  • Step 1: The technique used to produce colorful arrangements first begins with picking light colored flowers like pink or white flowers with long stems. A good choice of flowers would be white roses. You can start with one or a bunch of roses to test.
  • Step 2: Prep your flowers by cutting the flower stems about an inch or 2 from the bottom at a 45 degree angle with garden shears, clippers or a knife. The idea is to allow the flowers to create a large area for water uptake. Put your flowers to the side to prepare for the next step.
  • Step 3: Choose the color dye you want. You can use regular food color dye found in the grocery store. Mix the color dye in a container of water preferably a plastic container or a glass vase that you will not use once the process is complete. The more dye you use the stronger the color absorption.
  • Step 4: Place the cut flowers you prepared in step 2 into the color dye. The process is not instant so prepare to leave the flowers in the color dye for several hours or up to 24 hours for more color absorption. After several hours you will see the flowers began to change color along the outer edges and saturate the flower petals. Once the flowers have taken on the desired color effect you can take the flowers out of the container.
  • Step 5: Place your dyed flowers in a vase with fresh water and some flowers preservatives to ensure your flowers last for several days. To keep your dyed flowers looking fresh change the water once every other day. Cut the flower stems on angle again and add new flower preservatives to the water. That's it! Now place you unique creation in a nice cool place in your home or office for all to enjoy!

You can experiment by repeating steps 3 to 4 to create a multitude of colorful flowers. Dyeing flowers to create a multitude of colors is skill that you have to practice with so don't be disappointed if you don't get the right effect at first with multiple colors.

If all of this seems a bit too much, you can purchase uniquely dyed flowers from florist like FTD who specialize in an assortment of dyed flowers. See their FTD college rose collection for examples of what they have to offer - as the college rose collection is just a part of tehir overall assortment of dyed flowers.