a GRAND idea #14

IMG_8945Here we are in the middle of winter. Maybe you’re looking for something new and different to try with the kids. I did this a couple of years ago when some of the GRAND-kiddos were here for an extended visit. Extended time is needed here. . . and flowers! Having fresh-cut flowers is such a nice way to brighten the home in what could be a dull, dreary winter’s day, or week, or month! 🙂

Again, it’s easy peasy. Just requires a bit of patience, I mean days of patience, to see the end result. That could mean a lot of baking cookies in between, but there’s nothing wrong with that!

I found and saved this idea from Family Fun Magazine March 2007. Their directions are as follows:

“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. Prepare a colored solution using 20 drops of food coloring for each 1/2 cup of warm water. 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.”

As you can see, I rummaged through my vase cabinet and came up with a variety.

It’s nice to create your own early spring into your home. Enjoy!

 

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