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!
- white carnations
- 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.
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.