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How to Make Rainbow Roses

Updated on May 19, 2012

Where the Rainbow Rose Originates from:

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River Flowers, Netherlands

What is a Rainbow Rose?

First looking at this you probably think these weird and magical blooms are artificial, but no! These are purely natural Rainbow Roses, which have been bred to grow this way! Well, almost so. Yeah, they have been messed with, but not in a way you might be guessing, such as cross-pollination or gene splicing.

The secret to get a Rainbow Rose is hidden behind splitting the stem of the rose, or any other flower, into several parts and putting each of the parts into different colored water, as flowers get the nourishment through their seams. The same can be done also by injecting the natural pigments into the stem, through which the water travels to the petals and they get these beautiful colors. These colors are produced from natural plant extracts and added to water, the amount of which is regulated in order to control the intensity of the colors. This is done merely for aesthetic purposes.

Colored Roses and Seeds

When was the Rainbow Rose Discovered?

This method was originally discovered by Peter Van de Werken and was first tried in 2004 by two Dutch companies, River Flowers and F.J. Zandbergen. It seems somehow easy, but actually it took them six months to refine the coloring process and even now mistakes still happen.

Amazing, hah? And yes, you can also do this!

(This technique can also be applied to other types of cut flowers, such as Chrysanthemum, Carnation and Hydrangea, as well as some species of orchids).

You Can Also Order Rainbow Roses

Rainbow Roses look great on cakes!

How to Make a Rainbow Rose

Did you like it? I did! So go ahead and make one. However, if you wish to get the Rainbow Rose ready from a flower shop, be ready to be set back over $30 just for a single one. The roses are now available in UK, Japan and many other countries.

Here are a few steps to help you color roses at home:

Step 1. Get some white long stem rose.

Step 2. Split the last 6 inches of the stem in 4 parts lengthwise with utility knife.

Step 3. Mix 15-30 drops of food coloring with water (you should use water based food coloring, as oil based coloring won’t work). Put a different color in each cup and make sure that the color is very dark.

Step 4. Dip each part of the stem into each cup of colored water. The rose should be able to stand on its own. If it doesn't cut the stem a little more. Your roses will be colored in 24-48 hours. After that, take them out of the water and wrap the split stem with floral tape.

Here you go! This is all you need to do to get these gorgeous Rainbow Roses, which can be the most unique gift for your friends and loved ones on any occasion. And what is more important, no one can help admiring your efforts and creativity. Hey! Make sure to share the results!

Good Luck!

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      Hi 3 years ago

      Hi I tried it and I gave it to my mum and she loved it I love them ❤️❤️❤️

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      Ginger 3 years ago

      Hey I tried the rainbow roses and they were looking amazing

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      pinktbird57 4 years ago

      ADORE this hub! I am an amateur rosarian (mini and climbing roses) and I ADORE rainbows -- anything rainbows. Friend had sent me a FB share several weeks ago with a simple tutorial on achieving this lovely floral artistry, but not had the time to experiment with it, yet. Bookmarking this for my MUST DO bucket list! :)

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      Griffin 4 years ago

      Wow! Great idea. I'm definitely going to use these next year to ask the girl I like out to prim! Again thanks for the idea

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      Lynsey Harte 4 years ago from Glasgow

      I fell in love with these roses when I saw them in Inverness. Since then, I have tried to source some, to no avail. They are either far too expensive or don't ship to my address! Boo! Now that I have seen this, I will try to DIY it... Fingers crossed :)

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      Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      WoW! These Roses are beautiful... love them!!!

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you :)

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      Shuva 5 years ago

      This is not my cup of tea, but I enjoyed reading this article.

      Good work, my new found friend!

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      ksinll 5 years ago

      What a great idea, I've honestly never heard of this before.

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you too dear Johanna :)

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      Johanna Mary Elisabeth Baker 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Beautiful... but then I love roses, my favorite flower. Interesting that it was Dutch person who tried it...having Dutch parents...thank you for sharing this

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Glad you liked dear Sunshine :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This is awesome!! I never heard of this process until now. I'd like to order a dozen!:)

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you dear mythicalstorm273 :) I am glad that you liked!

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      mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

      This is so cool! I had never heard of something like this! I really enjoyed watching the process through video as well! I might just have to try this someday because I love a good experiment and this would be very pretty as well. Great hub.

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you!

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      rvinodkollam 5 years ago from kerala( india)

      nice and good job

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you too dear frogyfish. I am so happy you liked it :)

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      Amazing results here. I have single-colored chrysanthemums but never thought of this vari-colored, especially on roses. Your hub was very interesting and useful. I do think I like the pastel colored ones as much as the brightly colored roses. Thank you for sharing.

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you so much dear Sen.sush23 :) I am happy that you like!

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Brilliant! I never heard of rainbow roses, and find this idea such a wonderful gift idea. I will surely try my hand at it. You have written it with clear, precise directions and the video is also very good. Voted up and very interesting.

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you dear Tantat :)

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you once again very much my dear Epi :)

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      Tantat-Tartan 5 years ago

      wonderful hub my friend! Thanks for sharing.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ..back to revisit a classic Nare and this is such a beautiful hub presentation as I stated the first time around that I will proudly post it to our music/cinema group at FB with a direct link back here - have a great day and so nice talking with you just now - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 4:40am

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Cool that you want to try!Thanks for stopping by ;)

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      Grace D. 5 years ago from Missouri

      That is amazing, I did not know that was possible. I am going to have to try that very soon. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you so much. Yeah this can be a very creative gift idea :)

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      I've never heard of this before, really great article. I actually might try this and give to someone, a rainbow rose would certainly be appealing to most people. Creative and useful, voted up (:

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Yeah it works with most flowers :) I have mentioned some here which are really nice with colors. Thank you very much :)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Wow, incredible stuff. Does this work with any white flower or just with roses? Voting this Up and Awesome.

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      For the 3rd time thank you very much :D Yeah they will be perfect for special occasions :)

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Nare, Wow! How unique. I will bookmark to try in the future. I love roses and one that looks as unique as these rainbow roses will be great for some special occasion.

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you very much Brainy :) T'm sure you will manage it ;)

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      So pretty! Another great idea to try. Thanks!

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you :) Your skills will improve when you do it a couple of times :)

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      favouriteperfume 5 years ago from Malvern, UK

      Wow Nare - great hub and don't these roses look absolutely fab (I used to do it with carnations when I was a kid, but they didn't look as good as these! Great work!

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you so much!!! :)

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      Chris Achilleos 5 years ago

      Very creative hub, love it :) Voted up, useful and definitely sharing :)

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you too :) Cool that you like to try!!!

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      mrshadyside1 5 years ago from Georgia

      That's great I have never seen any roses like that. That will be something I am definitely going to try. Thank you for the information and good job great Hub.

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      jaks rosario 5 years ago

      This is really nice concepts.Thanks Jay.

      You can visits this link http://www.todaydetails.com/?cat=6 learn more interesting think.

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you too dear picadilly :)

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      Priscill Anne Alvik 5 years ago from Schaumburg, IL

      What an awesome idea...thank you!

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thanks Un4gttbl1! Buying the seeds is also a good idea and chances are more to succeed (get awesome rainbow roses) :)

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      Un4gttbl1 5 years ago

      Roses r my favorite flower. Think i'd better just order the seeds. : )

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      halfpintohoney and i love love love your comment and thanks so much for being here honey :)

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Dear zombie_nerd, I think the roses will make your wedding really unique. Gread idea and congrats :)

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Dear rebeccamealey I have also thought about ink but thought maybe it wouldn't work. Thanks for the comment :)

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      Amanda Bennett 5 years ago from Nova Scotia

      I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!!! Thank you so much for this hub!!! voted up & everything else, lol

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      zombie_nerd 5 years ago

      I think that I want to use these for my wedding! Thank you for the tutorial.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Very cool! We use to do this with colored ink and Daffodils!

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Yeah L.L. Woodard, indeed this can be a great gift. Today it's the Women Day here in Armenia, and also internationally, I got blue roses as a gift and they are stunning, made me so happy, imagine if I got a Rainbow Rose...ohh, would be fantastic!!! :D Thank you very much!

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      These rainbow roses would make great gifts. I'm thinking Mother's Day...and so often the women in your life don't really need anything...but these one-of-a-kind roses would be like presenting them with a rainbow.

      Voted up and SHARED.

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Awww Sannel,

      Thank you very much. You got me excited about trying that :) Of course I don't mind sharing a link, that's my pleasure. Thanks again :)

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Wow. . . What a colorful and beautiful hub!! I have always wondered how these roses became so colorful. Thanks to you, now I know. Amazing! I can't wait to try this myself. I guess I have to run out and by myself some white roses now. Lol!

      I would love to share a link to this fabulous hub into my rose hub, if you don't mind. Thank you for a wonderful hub and I am very grateful for my dear friend Epi who recommended me and my hub. Voted up and sharing!

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Ok,I will surely take a look.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...someone I would recommend to you - there are so many - but in particular, SanneL, her hub name - and a hub called Roses for men .......

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Aww epigramman!!! This was an unexpected comment! Thank you so much for the kind and unique way of expressing your thoughts, to me it is more than just a comment...Happy to meet interesting people like you...Thanks!!!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...extraordinary indeed .....and these beautiful roses and their vibrant colors say as much about the author behind this enthralling hub subject as it does about the roses themselves - will post this one with pride and passion to my Facebook page with a direct link back here - and I will try to TURN THE WHOLE WORLD ON with your beauty (and the flowers, too, lol)

      sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 1:46pm

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you tooo :) Good that you liked :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, I totally want to try making one of these! Very cool. Thanks for the how-to :D

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      kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

      cool your back

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thanks Vinaya! I am sure this time you will succeed :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      As a gardener I once tried to grow artificially colored rose but I did not succeed. But this looks very interesting. I will try. Thanks for sharing.

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thanks jacqui2011! I really hope she will like :)

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      debbie roberts

      I'm so happy you liked it and yes it is reallier easier then it seems :) Hope you will succeed :)

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      jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

      Such an interesting hub which I have bookmarked as this is something that my daughter would love. Thank you for this article. Voted up - interesting.

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      Debbie Roberts 5 years ago from Greece

      These roses are just stunning and seemingly so easy to create!! I have seen pictures of roses like this before and assumed that they were yet another laboratory creation. It's something I would consider having a go at,when there are an abundance of roses around.

      A really interesting that I'm bookmarking for when those white roses are in bloom. Definitely a hub to share!!

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thanks Jay. Appreciated :)

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      Jay Rando 5 years ago from England

      This is a very awesome creative idea Nare, Voteup from me :D

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you so much maggs, I am so happy you liked it :)

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      maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain

      What a fabulous hub this is, I loved the video and the step by step instructions I will be sending a link to this hub to my daughter. Voted up,interesting and useful :D

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Dear Laura, just try to cut 6 inches of the stem and put that much into the colored water. Later you can cut down the colored part of the stem. For best results watch the video. I think there should be no problem. However, if I didn't understand your question, please tell me more clearly. Thank you :)

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      Laura 5 years ago

      This is so awesome! I'm thinking about making these and giving them as a gift. If I put them in a vase with water will the color leach back out of the flower and into the water like other colored flowers do sometimes? If so, is there any way to prevent that or should I just not put them in water?

      THANKS!

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you very much :)

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      You are off to a great start!!! Voted up!

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thanks kitty. Love your thoughts :)

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      Feline Prophet 5 years ago

      How interesting is this! Though I can't honestly count roses among my favourite flowers, these rainbow roses might change my mind! Welcome to Hub Pages! :)

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Cool that you like it!!! So excited about the results :)

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Wow!! Thank you for sharing this! I have always wondered if the roses were actually colored that way or if they were Photoshopped. I've never seen any in person. I can't wait to get some and try this....Awesome hub, voted UP and AWESOME :0)

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you! Happy hubbing!

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      emichael 5 years ago from New Orleans

      Excellent first hub. Those look great!

      Welcome to HubPages!

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you to for the comment. Will be a pleasure to read you hubs :)

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      What an interesting project! Thanks for sharing, and welcome to HubPages! :)

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you very much! If you are gonna try, please share the results. Thanks :)

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      What a wonderful idea! I hadn't heard of this before. Voted up and awesome!

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you very much! Appreciate your comment. Have a nice day!

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      HubTub 5 years ago

      Very nice hub...beautiful roses!

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Make sure to share the results. Would love to see them :)

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      Thank you!!

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      I am happy you liked it!!! Wish you good luck with it :)

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      This are awesome , my daughters loved it and we are going to try it tomorrow. Bellisimo!

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      Sagar Bagul 5 years ago

      very nice really

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Thank you too :)

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      Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Very pretty topic. Thanks for sharing.