How to Make Tie Dye Roses

By Elizabeth Hannigan , last updated January 11, 2012

You do not need to be a free loving, van driving, Grateful Dead listening hippie to realize how fun it would be to make your own tie dyed roses. Tie dyed roses are so quirky that they could appeal to anyone, and making them is an interesting experiment. Tie dyed roses were first invented by a Dutch company called Happy Roses. These original colorful, happy roses are now available for purchase all over the world. If you want your own bouquet of Happy Roses, though, it is going to cost you. In fact, one dozen of these Dutch blooms could cost nearly a hundred and fifty dollars! For many flower fans, that is a lot of dough. Do not feel too sad, though. You may be able to create your very own tie dyed roses at home.

You do not need to be a mad scientist or a gardening genius to tie dye your roses, but it may not be as simple as you think either. You can't just paint your flowers like the playing card soldiers in Alice in Wonderland. You are going to need to color your flowers by feeding them dye through the stems. You may be able to do this with a live rose bush or with fresh cut flowers. Your tie dyed roses will look best if you start out with big, creamy white flowers. Choose a varietal that is known to have thick, hardy stems. As far as the dye goes, food coloring is your best bet. You definitely want to avoid anything toxic. Choose several very bright colors that will complement one another. You can use the regular food coloring that you find at the grocery store or you can find some really cool neon colors at a craft store or baking supply store.

Grow Your Roses

You can try out growing your own tie dyed roses just like Happy Roses grows theirs. Imagine how far out your garden will look when you have an entire bush of tie dyed roses growing! Happy Roses grows their tie dyed roses by injecting food coloring into the roses' stems. You can do this with some syringes and pure food coloring.

If you are like most Americans, you probably do not already have a medicine cabinet stocked with hypodermic needles, so you are probably going to need to buy some. In most states, you can buy needles at a pharmacy. You just need to ask the pharmacist, who usually sells them to people who have diabetes or other conditions which require them to administer injections to themselves. If the pharmacist asks you why you need the needles, just be honest and tell him that you are using them to color roses. Buy enough needles so that you have at least one for every color you want to inject. It is okay to refill them and reuse them on your roses.

Begin your project by filling your needles with pure food coloring. One color goes in each needle. Gently grasp one of the roses on your bush by its stem. You need to color each rose separately, if you want more than one tie dyed flower. Very carefully insert the tip of a needle into the flower's stem, about six inches below the flower, and inject some color. Do not insert the needle to the middle of the flower, because this will result in the colors mixing. Repeat this process with the other needles full of color, making a ring of injections around the stem. Your flower should turn tie dyed within a week.

Help a Rose Get Happy

You can tie dye a fresh cut rose too! In order to dye a fresh cut flower, you are going to need to feed the flower dyed water. Begin by adding a few ounces of food coloring to a four glasses of water. Use one color in each glass. Note that the more color you use, the brighter your flower will turn. Next, use a very sharp razor to divide the bottom six inches of the rose's stem into four parts. Be careful not to cut yourself. Use your fingers to gently separate the four parts of stem that you just created and insert one part into each glass of water.

Allow the rose to sit in the dyed water for about 24 hours. This should be sufficient time to color the petals. Remove the stems from the glasses and trim off the ugly, dyed, cut parts of the stem. Your flower is now ready to be used as a decoration or presented as a gift.

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