How to Dye Fresh Flowers


People dye fresh flowers to complement the theme or color combination at a special occasion. Florists also dye them for brightly colored arrangements that attract buyers. Dye colored flowers the same shade to enhance their natural color, or white flowers any color you like so they stand out. With a few inexpensive tools in hand, you can dye almost every kind of flower. Place your dyed flowers strategically in your home, or make a bouquet or arrangement and gift to someone special.

Step 1

Fill your vase or container with water about two-thirds of the way.

Step 2

Add four to five drops of dye for each cup of water in the vase or container. Stir the water with a disposable plastic spoon so the dye mixes well. Step back and check if the hue is what you wanted. Pour more water into the container to lighten the color, or add more drops of dye to darken it.

Step 3

Remove leaves from stems of fresh flowers such as roses, carnations and irises. Cut stems to desired length at a 45-degree angle, so it is easy for them to absorb the dye.

Step 4

Lower the flowers into the vase and place in a spot that receives direct sunlight. Some flowers change color within a few hours, while you need to leave others undisturbed overnight for the dye to take effect. The petals of each flower change color as the stem absorbs the dye and carries it upward.

Step 5

Check the flowers every hour for changes in petal color. Wash the stems with cold water when the blooms reach their desired color and transfer to your decorative vase or arrange with other flowers for a beautiful arrangement.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass vase
  • Water
  • Gloves
  • Dye
  • Fresh roses, carnations, irises


  • Dylon: Fresh Flowers
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