Plan the perfect garden with our interactive tool →

How to Grow Coal Flowers

Tip

When the flowers begin to deteriorate, the coals can be rinsed and re-used.

Coal flowers aren’t actually flowers, but a craft that has historically been practiced by coal-mining families since the late 1800s. Because coal was plentiful but money wasn’t, coal flowers became a favored household decoration, especially around the winter holidays. Although the craft has fallen out of favor in recent years, it’s still an interesting craft, an effective science lesson and a good opportunity for kids to discuss cultural traditions.

Arrange several lumps of coal in a pie plate or a shallow bowl. Decorate the coal with different items, such as fabric scraps, yarn, twigs or pine cones, then secure them with a bit of glue.

Combine the table salt, water, household ammonia and bluing in a small bowl. Add few drops of food coloring if you like. Pour the mixture slowly over the coal arrangement.

  • Coal flowers aren’t actually flowers, but a craft that has historically been practiced by coal-mining families since the late 1800s.

Put the plate in a safe place where it won’t be bumped or jostled.

Watch for the crystals to begin forming, which should occur in just a few hours, depending on the temperature. Within 24 hours, the coal and decorations should be covered with crystal "flowers."

Related Articles

How to Preserve Dried Flowers
How to Preserve Dried Flowers
How to Mount Dry Flowers
How to Mount Dry Flowers
The History of Pressed Flowers
The History of Pressed Flowers
The Uses of Flowers
The Uses of Flowers
How to Embed Flowers Into Resin
How to Embed Flowers Into Resin
What Products Are Made From Willow Trees?
What Products Are Made From Willow Trees?
How to Preserve Flowers With Wax Paper
How to Preserve Flowers With Wax Paper
Types of Orchids for Corsages
Types of Orchids for Corsages
The Best Flowers for Corsages
The Best Flowers for Corsages
What Is Pine Resin?
What Is Pine Resin?
History of Corsages
History of Corsages
How to Put an Aspirin in the Water for Fresh Flowers
How to Put an Aspirin in the Water for Fresh Flowers
German Flower Names
German Flower Names
How to Dry Out a Corsage
How to Dry Out a Corsage
How to Press Orchids
How to Press Orchids
How to Dry Flowers With Hairspray
How to Dry Flowers With Hairspray
Types of Flowers Native to the Philippines
Types of Flowers Native to the Philippines
Types of Flowers for Corsages
Types of Flowers for Corsages
The Meaning of the Edelweiss Flower
The Meaning of the Edelweiss Flower
Garden Guides
×