18/08/2011

Food Dyed Flowers

It's a miserable rainy day today but we've injected a little colour into day via these rainbow pots sitting on our mantelpiecel. We started this yesterday after spotting some tired white roses and carnations for sale in our florist for £2.50. Z and E set to work filling up small jars with food colouring and mixing colours to make purple and orange. We followed the colours from Ziggy's rainbow with an extra black jar too.

We popped a flower into each jar and waited.

By this morning the you could see the food colour in all the petals. E in particular was fascinated by the results and up close they were amazing - you could see all the little petal veins.

The darker colours worked best and I cut the stems really short to help things along. They look a little scary, or is that just me? You can do the same thing with cauliflower and celery too.

6 comments:

  1. This is such a good idea - you're giving me such a stock of activities for when Torin's a little older - thank you! It certainly beats a day in front of CBeebies doesn't it!

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  2. What a lovely idea. The flowers turned out so beautifully. x

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  3. This is like magic isn't it, but short stems are definatly a good tip, we waited for days for some of our leggy carnations to change!

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  4. Must have a go at doing this - my kids will love watching the changing colours. Thanks so much for posting about it. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, enjoying the remains of the summer sunshine. x

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  5. I love this! I think we may have to try it x

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