How to Dye Potted Flowers


Flowers come in almost every size, shape and color you can imagine. However, you may sometimes want a flower of a particular shade for a special occasion, and you just cannot find it. If you ever find yourself in this situation, have hope. White potted flowers are available throughout the year, and you can dye them any color using common household materials. Coloring flowers can also be a fun and safe experiment for children.

Step 1

Cut the stems of your potted flowers as close to the root as possible with a pair of sharp scissors. Make sure that each flower is about the same length.

Step 2

Put about 3 inches of water in a glass container. A vase would be ideal, but if the flowers are not long enough, you can use a drinking glass.

Step 3

Add food coloring of any color to the water. Add enough food coloring so the water changes color but is still slightly translucent. Four drops of coloring in a typical vase should be enough.

Step 4

Put the flowers in the container. Flowers absorb water through their stems, and since these flowers are in colored water, they will absorb the color.

Step 5

Check on them every hour until they reach a color you are happy with. The longer you leave them in the colored water, the bolder and brighter the flower petals will be.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Glass container
  • Water
  • Food coloring


  • PBS Coloring Flowers

Who Can Help

  • TLC Products: Color Mixing Chart
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