DIY Coloured Carnations – Pretty and Fun!

DIY Coloured Carnations – Pretty and Fun!

This Mother’s Day we went to brunch at our local science center.  In the spirit of science all the moms in attendance were treated with a flower and a science experiment.  I’ve seen coloured carnations like this in stores before but had no idea how easy they are to make yourself!

All you need is:

  • white carnations
  • water
  • food coloring
  • a glass, small narrow vase or other vessel to hold the water

If you are using a glass or vase fill it with 3/4 cup of water.  We actually used florist tubes which are awesome because then your flower is portable without making a mess. They are readily available at most craft stores and I’ve seen them at dollar stores as well.  Add  20-30 drops of food colouring to the water.  The more food colouring you use the more vibrant the color of your flower will be.  Tip – red food colouring will give you a pink flower.

make coloured carnations

Give the stem of your carnation a good trim, cutting it at an angle.  Now simply put the flower in your water and food colouring and watch the magic!  It will take a few hours before you start to see it change. Beautiful isn’t it?  And the great thing about the seriously underrated carnation is that it lasts a long time!

This makes for a fun and easy craft/science project to do with the kids.

make colored carnations

This article has 7 comments

  1. We used to do this when we were kids, although we didn't have the fancy little test tube things. We would just put food coloring in the water. It brings back so many memories!

  2. such a cool idea! thanks for sharing

  3. I LOVE this! Great idea. My kids are going to enjoy doing this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. canadianbloghouse
    Friday 24 May 2013, 2:33 am

    That is so cool! I had no idea you could do that. Putting that on my list of things to try! Thanks for sharing.

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