Saturday, June 16, 2018

Dyed Flowers: A Fun Summer Science Experiment

Science…we love it. Many times when we have gone past the floral area at the grocery store and smell the sweet scent of roses and dainty daisies the girls have been fascinated with the array of colors and speculate if it is a "true" color or a "dyed" color. 

The scientists that they are...they love to create an experiment. 

Our flower dying experiment was over a course of several days. We started out using older daisies that we had purchased later the week before. We trimmed the bottom of the flower stems and placed them in the colored water glasses. The older flowers did not dye as well as we had hoped, but we knew that might be the case going into the experiment. A few days later we purchased new flowers and this time they did much better and the color was obvious and vibrant. 


One question the girls had asked was how soon do you think we will see the color in the petals? Within two hours, it was amazing to see the colors showing in the white petals. By dinner time, the flowers were fully dyed and in a brilliant shades of yellow, blue, red and green.


We even wondered if certain colors would dye the petals quicker than others. It seemed to us, the blue and the green food coloring dyed the white petals the fastest. I know in the printing world, that when you print with blue ink, it takes longer to dry than any other color just due to the pigment. I know it doesn't relate to the experiment but it is an interesting fact that makes you wonder about inks/coloring in general.


What kind of flowers can you use?
  • White carnations
  • White daisies
  • White roses 
  • White carnations 
  • White mums
The Experiment!
  • First place water in the bottom of your jars or glasses. Fill them so that they do not tip over. A nice solid glass. 
  • Next drop in food coloring until you get a nice, rich color. You can even add to the experiment by color mixing your primary colors, or even other colors that are in the food coloring box. Then mix your desired coloring in the jar so that it has dissolved. 
  • Take your flowers and at the bottom of the stem, cut at an angle. 
  • Remove the leaves that are near the bottom to keep them from sitting in your water.
  • Place your flowers in the jars.
Remember, the longer you keep your flowers in the dye the darker they will become.






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