Flower Fun – How to create Coloured Roses

Ever wondered how those rainbow roses at your local florist got their colour? Well here’s an activity that will show you how its done.

You can do this easily with the kids over the school holidays. Its a creative demonstration on  how flowers drink water for survival. Its a pretty project and unfortunately my result didn’t end up as rich in colour but it still shows the bright beginnings of a rainbow bouquet.


  • White roses or flowers
  • Various food colouring
  • Spoons
  • Scissors
  • Gloves
  • Vases/Mason Jars
  • Water


Below are the steps I took to create my colour tipped roses. Please note that I previously tried the process with paint coloured water and it didn’t work so the roses I used were older and hence why the result wasn’t as effective.

1. Fill 5 vases/mason jars with water.

2. Add 2 teaspoons of food colouring to each jar. Each jar should have a different colour. Stir the water and dye. Ensure you use gloves to avoid stains and keep your sink and surfaces clean .

3. Prepare the roses. Strip the leaves off the roses and cut the stems at a diagonal. You can also choose to slice the bottom of the stem so that the flowers drink up the water faster. Should you want to achieve the multi-coloured petals look, slice the bottom of the stem into quarters. Stretch each stem piece into a separate mason jar.

4. The roses can change colour over the next hours and days.

Enjoy the creative process and your beautiful bouquet!

If you have any other creative activities, please share away.

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