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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Colorful Springtime Craft!

I was searching for a craft to share with you all and stumbled on this one from Family Fun (I love that website!): http://familyfun.go.com/spring/spring-crafts/spring-flower-crafts/spring-bouquet-672228/ All ideas and pictures come straight from that site. I am doing this one with my oldest kids (11 and 8) and maybe even my dear daughter (5) sometime in the near future. The oldest is so into science that this is right up his alley. J

Here's what to do:


Spring Bouquet


Materials


White flowers


Food coloring


Vase



Instructions



  1. Start with white flowers. We found that roses, carnations, and daisies work well. If none are growing in your area, pick some up at your local florist.



  1. Prepare a colored solution: we used 20 drops of food coloring for each 1/2 cup of warm water.



  1. Cut the stems to fit your vase, removing at least 2 inches, then set them in the tinted water. You'll start to see results in less than 24 hours.



*How it works. Freshly cut flowers continuously draw water up through their stems, as through a straw. When the water reaches the petals, it evaporates through tiny pores, leaving the dye behind (dye cannot evaporate). Over time, it builds up, coloring the tips of the petals.


Have fun and let us know if you try it out! I'll post pics on FB when we try it.

1 comment:

Nichole said...

You can also split the stems and put each in a different color and end up with different colored flowers. We did this way back in elementary school! :oP