Hot To Dye Flowers With Food Colouring

This is a super easy and neat way to change up any flower display. Whether you’re looking for a unique twist on a floral arrangement to brighten up your home and your day or whether you’re looking for a fun experiment to show to the kids this “how to” is what you’re after.

This short and sweet experiment is a great one to do with the kids. It will get them involved in a scientific experiment, keep them busy and excited all the while learning about science and nature. Plus you’ll be left with some gorgeous albeit unique flowers to enjoy and make your home look beautiful.

What You’ll Need:

  • Freshly cut flowers – preferably white (for now), they’ll be able to show off their new colour better. White daisies and carnations work perfectly for this experiment. Other flowers may not work as well, though it would be interesting to do a side by side comparison as an added feature to the experiment.
  • Food colouring – the darker the better. I prefer to use blue but red and dark greens work well too. Lighter colours like pinks and yellows don’t work as well.
  • Water

Colour Your Flowers:

Step 1. Trim Your Flowers

Cut and trim the stems of your flowers so they aren’t too long. A stem of around 20cm should work well.

Step 2. Cut the Base

Make a slanted cut at the base of each flowers stem. The cut needs to be slanted to ensure the flower doesn’t sit flat in the vase. This will ensure that the flower will drink up the water and dye. This cut should be made under water to prevent air bubbles forming inside the tiny tubes in the stem which would also prevent the water and dye being absorbed.

Step 3. Add Food Colouring

Fill your vase or glass with about half a cup of warm water (warm water will absorb faster and easier than cold). Add about 20 to 30 drops of your chosen food colouring to the water.

Step 4. Place Your Flower

Place your flower into your vase or glass of coloured water and watch as your petals change colour. The petals should start to change within a couple of hours though it may take up to 24 hours, depending on the flower.

For Extra Credit

If you want to get really fancy and brighten up your plain flowers even more or want to add some more excitement to this already fun science experiment, slit the flowers stem into two or more sections and place each section into different coloured waters. Sit back and watch the magic!

The Science behind the Fun

As water evaporates and leaves the flower, more water is pulled up through the stem in tiny tubes called xylem. The capillary action keeps the water in the xylem, think of it like drinking through a straw. The water sticks to itself and the xylem due to the evaporation and the resulting biochemical reaction.

Vegan Anza Biscuits

This recipe is for those classic, delicious Australian Anzac biscuits that I bet your Mum or Grandmother made for you as a kid. This particular recipe has a twist though, it’s vegan! It isn’t a big change to the recipe, all we’re going to do is substitute the normally-called-for butter with vegan dairy-free margarine. If you’re not vegan or lactose intolerant I’m betting you’ve yet to discover the joys of vegan baking. These Anzac biscuit will taste just as good, if not better than the ones you’re used to but with less fat. Of course, this isn’t exactly a health food, it’s still got lots of delicious sugar but when you can make a sweet biscuit healthier without losing any of the gorgeous taste, why wouldn’t you!? Plus there’s that lovely added benefit of it helping out the animals and we all love that!

This recipe is practically fool proof. So long as you don’t go forgetting that they’re in the oven, there’s no way you can muck these babies up! Plus it’s super quick and easy, not to mention pretty cheap as far as biscuits go and undoubtedly you’ve probably already got most if not all of the ingredients in your pantry already. I know I do, that’s why this is always my go to recipe when we have unexpected company or if I just need a quick pick me up.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • 1 small saucepan
  • 2 oven trays
  • Baking paper (or extra dairy-free margarine for greasing)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups plain flour, sifted
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¾ cup desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 150g dairy-free vegan margarine
  • 2-3 tbsp. golden syrup
  • ½ tsp. bicarbonate of soda

Recipe:

  • Preheat oven to 170°C.
  • Combine the sifted flour, rolled oats, coconut and caster sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir together.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the wet ingredients, vegan dairy-free margarine and golden syrup over low to medium heat and stir until well melted and mixed. Pour into dry mixture.
  • Before stirring, place ½ a teaspoon of bicarb soda into the mixture and stir until well combined.
  • Get out your 2 oven trays and line them with baking paper or alternatively, grease them using some extra vegan dairy-free margarine.
  • Place tablespoon-fulls of the mixture onto the oven trays. You’ll probably have to squish the mixture rather than roll it into balls as rolling it will make the mixture split apart. It doesn’t really matter too much how big you make them so long as each ball is roughly the same size so they take the same amount of time to cook. Spread the balls evenly across the baking trays, ensure there’s enough room for them to grow slightly and press down very gently to slightly flatten the balls.
  • Bake in preheated oven for approximately 10 minutes. Make sure to keep checking them and remove them from the oven when they’re golden brown.
  • Leave to cool on baking trays or move them over to a cooling rack. I normally just leave mine, they only take a few minutes to cool plus eating them warm is so amazing!

Now all that’s left to do is enjoy! Yum!

How To: DIY Twine Wrapped Jars

Twine wrapped jars look fantastic, they’re easy to make and can be used for almost anything. With so many types and colours of twine available you’re design can be as basic or as unique as you like. I’m a huge fan of simplistic designs, white washing and minimalism so of course I opted with the natural look twine and kept to a simple wrap around design.

What You’ll Need:

  • An empty glass jar or container
  • Glue
  • Paint brush
  • Twine
  • Scissors

I’ve used an old garlic jar for my vase but you can use whatever you’ve got. I always keep all of our old glass bottles from stir-fry sauces, pickled vegetables, everything, you name it! I have a cupboard full, so lucky for me I was easily able to pick out my perfect sized glass for the job.

Step 1. Find the Perfect Jar

The more simple the jar, the better. You might like to choose a glass with a lot of character but it’s best to stick to a basic, round glass jar for this project. Anything else will make your task a lot more difficult and less likely to work. If you’re using an old sauce bottle or garlic jar like me, you’ll need to prepare your glass first. Soak your glass in hot, soapy water, making sure your jar is fully immersed and leave for at least a couple of hours. Now you can remove any labels and hopefully the smell. If the food smell still hasn’t gone, try leaving your glass outside to dry out for a couple of days. This should ensure that you’re jar is clean and smelling fresh. If I can get rid of the garlic smell this way, you’re certain to as well!

Step 2. Paint on the Glue

I used a basic wood working glue for this project and it worked great, so there’s no need to rush out and buy some kind of special glue that will stick to glass. Anything will do. Pour a small amount of glue into a container or surface that can be thrown away. I used the lid of my jar for this as I would no longer need it anymore after my jar turned into a vase. Yay! Using an old paintbrush, brush some of the glue evenly and lightly over your glass.

Make sure you use an old paintbrush or put one aside to use for glueing-only projects. You could probably get away with washing it up really well afterwards but who wants to take that chance? As a painter I have a lot of good paintbrushes and there’s no way I’d risk one of them with glue.

Depending on the size of your jar and how fast-drying your glue is you may need to paint glue in sections, wrapping the twine as you go. My glass is small, only about 15 cm high and I did mine in 3 sections.

Step 3. Wrap the Twine

Starting from the bottom and working your way up or alternatively the other way around, it doesn’t really matter; carefully wrap twine evenly and tightly around your glass. Be very careful not to touch the glue with your hands as you’ll transfer it onto the twine and leave white patches. Once you’ve worked your way around the jar, snip off the end and apply a little bit of extra glue to ensure the ends stay firmly down.

Step 5. Enjoy

Now you’ve successfully created your twine wrapped glass! If you’ve already made it this far you probably already know what you’re going to end up using it for. I have used mine as a vase for small flowers picked from my garden. Some other ideas include, using it in the bathroom as a toothbrush holder, in the study to hold pens or used with its lid as a beautiful storage container. What will you use yours for?