Aug 06

Stem Dying Queen Anne’s Lace

One of my all time favorite summer traditions is picking and coloring bouquets of Queen Anne’s Lace. It is something I used to do with my grandmother on hot summer days when I was young. We would go for long leisurely walks and ponder the wonders of life and the universe, all along the way cutting the beautiful white flowers from the roadside. When we would return home, we would divide the flowers between several vases, so we could make a variety of colors. I always loved adding and mixing the colors, then waiting to see how they would look. It is a very simple, and easy project, and a great way to spend quality time with young ones.

In late summer, Queen Anne’s Lace blooms along roadsides, and in meadows.

All you will need to create your bouquets are glass jars or vases, scissors, basic liquid food coloring, and pure water.

Stem dying wildflowers is a quick and simple project, and a great way to spend quality time with someone.

Go for a relaxing stroll on a quiet road, or in a nearby meadow (make sure you get permission from landowner if need be). Cut flowers with an adequate stem for your containers. Get them into water as soon as you can.

Queen Anne’s Lace is growing prolifically this summer. Make sure to wear a good natural tick repellent if you are walking in tall grasses.

Choose the colors you’d like to use. Blues, Greens, and Reds work best. Blending the colors to make purple or orange works well, too. Add 8 ounces of water to each jar/vase, and add 12-15 drops of food coloring.

Mix food coloring into pure water to color cut flowers.

When the water and coloring are well mixed, trim the very ends off of the stems, and place into the colored water. Flowers will begin to turn color after eight to twelve hours. It’s a project we like to do late in the day, so the following day the color starts to become visible, and intensifies throughout the day as the flowers drink up the water. Each day add fresh water if need be, and trim the ends off the stems so the flowers consume more of the water.

Adding food coloring to the water for your flowers is a fun project for kids, and a great way to learn about plants!

Once the flowers have turned color, you can leave them in the colored water, as it looks neat, or the flowers can be arranged in a vase of fresh, plain water. It’s fun to mix all of the colored flowers into one bouquet.

Natural and blue dyed Queen Anne’s Lace.

Dyed Queen Anne’s Lace can be added to floral arrangements, and makes beautiful bouquets for summer parties. The colored flowers can also be preserved by pressing in a flower press, or in a book. It’s a great project, and always makes for a good conversation piece.