Many a bride has decided upon a stunning color palette for her wedding, only to discover that she can not find blossoms in exactly the right shade. What's a creative bride to do? Create her own custom colored flowers, of course! This is what you need to know about diy flower dying for your wedding.
Have you ever seen bright green or blue carnations in a florist's shop and wondered where on earth such vivid flowers grow? The answer is that they are basic white blossoms which have been dyed to achieve the desired color effect. This is actually a very easy project – you may even have done it when you were a child. With just a little basic know-how, any crafty bride can create her very own couture colored blossoms for a totally unique look.
When selecting flowers to dye for your wedding, it is generally best to start with white flowers, as they are the easiest to manipulate. Flowers with open stems will absorb dye more quickly and reliably than those with woody stems. Some excellent varieties to dye include carnations, Queen Anne's lace, daisies, allium, and tulips. Gather your flowers, some standard food dye, and the vases, and you will be ready to get to work.
If you are planning to dye your flowers to a custom hue for your wedding, you will definitely want to do some experiments in the months before your event. Take notes about your samples, so that when you create the perfect shade of apricot to match the bridesmaid jewelry or the most vivid turquoise blue for your summer celebration, you will be able to duplicate the result later. Be aware that the food dye can also dye the leaves of the flowers, so keep a careful eye on how long it takes for the flowers to become the right color, without leaving them in the dye so long that the leaves take on the same hue as the petals.
When prepping flowers to dye, the first step is to cut the stems at a sharp angle under running water. The food dye will not harm the blossoms or cause them to wilt. Then place them in the vases with the colored water. The more food coloring you use, the more vivid the end result will be. So if you want to create navy blue flowers for a wedding with a "true blue" theme, right down to the bridesmaid jewelry and cake, you will need to use a high concentration of dye. Yearning to decorate your ceremony with ballet pink Queen Anne's lace? Just a few drops of red coloring will do the trick. Allow about 24 hours for the flowers to take on the color of the water.
For the adventurous diy bride, have fun experimenting with custom color effects. Instead of white flowers, play around mixing pastel blossoms with dye to create unique shades. You can also create a two-tone effect by dying flowers in a pastel shade, and then re-dying the same blossoms using a deeper colored water. The color spreads from the center of the blossom to the outside (since the color is absorbed through the stem), so if you watch the progression carefully, you can remove the blossoms at the point when the petals are only partially dyed with the second color . Just think about how much fun you can have creating a one-of-a-kind flower color for your wedding.