So the other day I’m at HEB because Rob and I need to grab a few things for the week and I see roses on Mother’s Day special. One dozen for $7.88. I’m going through them trying to find the whitest they have and when Rob finds me he doesn’t even give me any kind of look. You know, that guilt look… Instead he’s just like “roses, huh?” and takes them from me to put into the cart. I’m not sure what it says about me but I’m always expecting a “what in the world do you need roses for?” but it’s awful dang nice that that sort of thing just doesn’t happen. So nice.
So I’ve got these roses and I’m super stoked about them and I get home and I decide to try and tie dye them all like tie dye like I saw on Instagram the other day…
Yeah, like that! Thing is I wasn’t able to successfully swing that this go but I’m going back to the drawing board. In my failure I decided to start looking at tutorials from others to see how they overcame the problems I was having and it turns out a lot of them will tell you how to do it, which is just how I envisioned to do it, but without any finished photos of their own, instead they borrow a pic from another site. Done! Voila! Perfection!
Now I’m not giving up. I’m kind of frustrated so it might be a bit before I revisit this business BUT I will get this worked out because I. Am. Stubborn.
I did manage to make some pretty roses dyed in the same fashion that I tinted up some chrysanthemums with food coloring a few years back. It wasn’t the plan but I had these shorty shorty roses from where I chopped off the stems a bazillion times and I didn’t have the materials to try another flower project I have in mind (I spilled it in like the most dramatic possible way, meh) so I basically decided to redux this business with roses instead of mums. It’s so accidentally ritzy, right?
For this project you will need:
- Liquid food coloring
- Jars, glasses, vases, etc.
I went with primary colors for my project and I taped 3 mason jars together to keep things together for my failed tie dyed rose attempt. I just kept things as is because it was waaaay simpler. And I was a bit pissy.
Now you want to use liquid food coloring. The gel doesn’t want to dissolve very well at all and it’s a freaking nightmare. Go with good ol’ fashioned liquid food coloring. And buy it at the grocery store because it will be a lot cheaper than buying it online.
Add a little bit of water to your colors and that is it for this part. Now I went HEAVY on the food coloring. I found tons of it in my craft stash from my move from Oklahoma so I went with almost a full bottle of red, blue and yellow from the primary colors McCormick set.
Since I had a dozen roses 4 of each went into the jars. Be sure to remove any leaves that will rest in the actual water because they get weird and mushy and rotten.
See how some of my roses are way short. It’s just because I kept messing up the stems in my failed tie dye attempt. But roses are roses and they are still beautiful, right?
I decided to keep an eye on these guys and see how quickly the color took hold and used my phone clock to help me keep track. Because if I wrote that business down a cat would have yakked on it or I would have lost it by the time I set down to start typing the details.
I figured it would take a few hours to see any kind of a change so I was pretty stoked when an hour went by and I went to move the roses so I could get my work space back and they were already tinting with color. Boom, right?!?
In all honesty the color started taking really, really quickly. 2 hours and 4 minutes in and look at that!
And then I got sidetracked by the last few chapters of my book (this one, A Court of Wings and Ruin, the third in the Thorn and Roses series from Sarah J. Maas) and when I came back I was super excited! It was time to take them out of the color because these guys were perfect.
But then Rob made this chicken in cream with rice thing he does that is SO GOOD and I forgot about my flowers and…
They got really dark as they sat in the food coloring overnight. Now don’t get me wrong, they are still SO PRETTY but I’m not a huge fan of where the coloring sort of got really dark along the edges.
Ooh, and note… I’m using a black mason jar because the color will leach out of the roses back into the water and it will be a muddy weird brown-ish color unless your colors all work perfectly together. An opaque vase would work really well, too, I just wanted to see the stems.
Oh, but the leaves got, like, totally weird because they took up the color, too. See the blue and yellow splotches? Yuck.
I actually wound up snipping off all of the roses’ leaves and then I snipped some off of a shrub out front to get some green back in there. It isn’t quite rite. They’re too pointy and quite obviously the wrong leaves but I prefer them over the colorful and splotchy or nothing at all.
Oh, but I also had an experimental rose turn out really well. On a few the stems got way too short so I wound up sort of playing with them and this guy, oh, he turned out so pretty!
This guy started out in blue for about 3 hours, transferred to yellow for 2 hours and then finished up in re d for about an hour. 3, 2, 1. Just like that. Isn’t it so pretty? I did this with all of my “shorties” and this was by far the prettiest. Gorgeous, right?
At the end of the day, I still wish they would have steeped in the color a good few hours less, but I’m still pretty happy with my rainbow roses. They might not be crazy tie dye looking but they are still very colorful and fun and I haven’t given up on figuring those other guys out just yet! And there is nothing like sometimes having fresh flowers in the house. It’s such a little pleasure and I’m going to enjoy every minute!