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london England
United Kingdom

February 6, 2008
1:03 AM

Post #4500184

I really enjoyed your article, Thankyou!
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6a)

February 6, 2008
10:24 AM

Post #4501612

What fun - brought back some great memories. I've not done this in years; thanks for a great article !
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 6, 2008
11:24 AM

Post #4501662

Great article, love the whole idea, what fun! Thanks:)
Middle, TN
(Zone 6b)

February 6, 2008
1:20 PM

Post #4501848

Great article, Mel. We used to do that project years ago but I had almost forgotten about doing it. That is lots of fun and everyone can enjoying doing it, especially kids. Thanks for bringing that old craft back for everyone to enjoy.


United States
(Zone 5b)

February 6, 2008
1:23 PM

Post #4501854

Thanks... I had forgotten how much fun the kids had when doing a project like this. :)
Davenport, IA
(Zone 5a)

February 6, 2008
1:40 PM

Post #4501897

Fun Article!

I've got another great tip, for those of you doing this for childrens projects-keeping in mind their short attention span.

For quickest results, leave those fresh white carnations laying out to air dry overnight! It won't hurt them a bit. Carnations are stored in dry packs for days, before being shipped to florist wholesalers, sometimes longer.

Then prepare your dye solution using lukewarm water. Submerge the ends into the dye and cut the ends, so the first thing they breath in, is the warm dye solution. You'll see color in the bloom within a couple minutes.

I've done this hundreds of times in the flower shop, when we needed specific colors for weddings, anniversaries, party's etc.
It's a quick and 'never fail' trick, as long as the carnation is bone dry, before you start.

Try it! The kids will call it "magic"! :-)

St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

February 6, 2008
2:51 PM

Post #4502125

If you can't find carnations, celery works, too. Not as pretty, but the kids loved it. Don't cut off the top leaves.

Thanks for the fun project, can't wait for the next visit from the Grandkids.
United States
(Zone 9b)

February 6, 2008
3:54 PM

Post #4502353

This is SO neat. I have NEVER heard of this idea before, thanks!
Bear, DE

February 11, 2008
11:36 AM

Post #4523023

Thanks for this article. This brought back fond memories of my Grandmother's kitchen almost fifty years ago. She taught us to dye the flowers of Queen Anne's Lace during the summer using a few drops of food coloring in water. At first they take on a very delicate pastel color, then darken as they take up more color over the next several days.
Point Phillips , PA
(Zone 6b)

January 18, 2010
12:00 PM

Post #7472398

Wow! My husbands favorite flower.
This is a great science project also.
When I was in school the teacher had us
using stalks of celery to illustrate how plants take up water.
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 18, 2010
12:27 PM

Post #7472431

How fun...brings back memories of doing the same with Queen Anne's Lace in the Summer. Thanks for sharing!


Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)

January 18, 2010
1:49 PM

Post #7472627

Sounds like we all grew up doing similar things. Plants were important to us then as well!

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