How to Dye Flowers for Pressing


Pressed flowers make a bright addition to personalized notepaper or cards. They decorate the glass on a photo frame, and you can use them to create a work of art. While flowers come in just about every color of the rainbow, they aren't always the color and the size you need. Dyeing flowers before pressing is the solution. Choose white flowers, so the dye will remain true to color. Smaller flowers are easier to press and take less time than larger flowers. Mini carnations also are a good choice. Other flowers include snap dragons, sweetheart roses, sweet William, pansies, daisies and larkspur.

Step 1

Mix a few drops of food coloring with a cup of water. Label the glass jar with how many drops.

Step 2

Double the amount of drops for the next jar of flowers and again label.

Step 3

Triple the amount of drops for the final group of flowers and label. You now have three different dilutions of the same color, giving you three shades of the same color. The labels will help you re-create the color you like best after the flowers are dry.

Step 4

Cut the stems of the flowers at a 45-degree angle. Leave the stem long enough so the flowers are above the lip of the jar but aren't crowded.

Step 5

Place stems of the flowers in the dye bath. The flowers will "drink" the water and the dye will show up first in the veins of the flowers and finally the entire petal. The leaves of the flower and the centers will reflect the dye as well.

Step 6

Re-cut the stems at 45-degree angles every day for the next three days and replace in the dye bath.

Step 7

Remove the flowers from the dye bath on the fourth day and press as usual.

Tips and Warnings

  • Food coloring is not toxic but it is difficult to remove from fabrics.

Things You'll Need

  • Food coloring
  • White flowers
  • Water
  • Glass jars
  • Knife


  • "Quick and Easy Flower Design: More Than 125 Color-Based Recipes for Everday Bouquets"; Jessica Wrobel; 2005

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