How to Use Flower Dye to Compensate for
I recommend color treating flowers and
foliage that are prone to fading. This is especially helpful if you make sun
catchers, plan to use your in high humidity or sunlight or humidity, such as a
bathroom or kitchen, or if you're pressing flowers that may fade quickly.
You can change the colors of
flowers or you can dye flowers that are prone to fading in their original colors
for peace of mind. Flowers dyed in this manner keep a nice natural look.
Absorbit by Design
Master is a nice systemic floral dye. This will color your fresh flowers by
absorbing the dye through the stem and up into the blossom. It's fun to watch
Let your flowers sit out of
water before you dye them. A thirsty flower will drink up dye much better
then a well hydrated flower. If your flowers are already in water, take them
out to sit, then make fresh cuts and start dying.
Before dying your flowers,
condition your ferns, foliage, and flowers as usual, but add the dye
to the warm water solution... your dye is added while you're conditioning. Conditioning
is vital, but you can skip using the hydration solution if you don't have
If you'll be pressing the botanical
materials, it's best to mix the dye solution weaker than recommended for a more
Put the freshly cut stems in the warm water/dye
solution and let them sit a few hours before pressing.
Even Roses Maintain a Natural Look When Dyed
roses were all the same natural white color before dying. The pink and purple roses were treated for
about a day... I love the results!
If I had taken them out earlier the colors would have been lighter pink and
Strip leaves from the portion of
the stem to be submersed.
Prepare dye solution of:
Very warm water, not hot, not cold.
- Cut flower preservative (Chrysal or Floralife)
- Systemic floral dye. Design Master sells this.
Pour 2" of Floralife's Quick Dip
Instant Hydration Pretreatment into a plastic cup if you have it. (optional)
- Cut off several inches of
under water, then dip the stems ends in hydration solution.
Immediately place in the warm
The dye is absorbed by the stem and leaves
too, which may or may not produce some interesting effects. If you don't want those
"interesting effects" reserve some leaves to be pressed separately.
It should take a 3-12 hours average to dye
your flowers. Once the flowers are dyed, make a fresh cut and put your
flowers in your vase with warm water and cut flower food.
flowers are pressed, the color will darken slightly, so take them out of the
dye when they're a bit lighter than you'd like.
Use a vase that's large enough to avoid
crowding the flowers, they're alive and need to breathe and have room to
own cut flower food:
of lemon juice (controls PH)
sugar (feeds the flowers)
bleach (acts as a bacteriostat to keep water fresh)
Where to get floral absorption
Design Master has a
store locator to
help you find a source for Absorbit near you. It's much easier to find the
floral sprays made by Design Master, you may even prefer it over the absorption
method. We all have our preferences.
LO Florist Supplies sells
lots of other floral supplies online.
at a pretty reasonable price online.
There's a good tutorial on using
Design Master's DipIt on the Pennock Floral Blog so I won't get into it
here. I don't need to, they've done a great job. <smile>
Hate to say this, but I'm
surprised by all bad "articles" and "tutorials" on dyeing flowers across the
web (by igor at dresshead online). Problem is, it's very clear that they've been written by someone who's
never actually dyed a flower with the intention of drying or pressing them...
The color just won't last
I've been dyeing flowers over 20
years so I know a little bit on the topic. My methods are easy and have stood
the test of time. Please don't take short cuts and risk ruining your flowers.
Floral Absorption Dyes cost me
around $12 to $14 for each color you need. Seems high for an experiment.
If you want to play around
with these dyes before making the investment, I'd be happy to send you
samples of absorption dyes in each of the colors I have so you don't have to
go out and buy it until you know for sure you want it. Just send me your
address and I'll get that right out for you for only $4 plus postage. You
email me for this.
The colors I have in
absorption dyes are Ice Blue