How to Make Rainbow Roses

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How to Make Rainbow Roses
Colour your own flowers instead of settling for traditional colours. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Roses have a delicate, curled goblet shape that most people find irresistible. Roses appear at weddings, parties, dances and make thoughtful gifts on birthdays and holidays. Traditionally, the colour of a rose means something. Red equals love, yellow is friendship, white is reconciliation and purple means love at first sight. If you want to avoid colour confusion or simply give an original bouquet, try creating rainbow roses. The extra work shows extra thoughtfulness.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Four tall water glasses
  • Water
  • Food colouring
  • Fresh white rose
  • Utility knife
  • Floral tape

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  1. 1

    Fill four tall glasses with water. Drip 15 to 30 drops of food colouring into each glass. Choose a different colour for each glass. You can mix primary colours to create green, purple and orange. Stir to mix well; the colours should be very dark.

  2. 2

    Push the four glasses together so they form a square. The rims should touch; the closer the glasses are to each other, the easier colouring your rose will be.

  3. 3

    Slice the last 6 inches of your rose stem in half. Turn the rose 90 degrees and slice the stem again so it is in four equal sections.

  4. 4

    Slip one section of the slit stem into each glass of water. The stem should be slit enough so that the rose stands up on its own. If not, slice it a little more.

  5. 5

    Let the rose drink for 24 to 48 hours. It should be totally coloured after this amount of time. Remove the rose from the colours and gently wrap the sliced stem to about an inch before the end with floral tape.

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