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Queen Anne's Lace

Updated on April 16, 2015

Coloring Queen Anne's Lace with Food Coloring

A Summer Project With Queen Anne's Lace

Every summer my grandson and I have fun cutting the wildflower, Queen Anne's Lace, and dying the flower different colors with food coloring. We started doing this when he was a toddler and it has become a tradition that we both look forward to.He is now 14 years old and I was so afraid that he would think he was too old to do it this year so I had not mentioned it to him. He was the one that told me that it was time for us to cut our Queen Anne's Lace. I was so thrilled that he still wanted to do it.Of course, over the years the enjoyment for him has taken on new meanings. I remember the first year that he started mixing the colors to make different colors. This year it was more of a study of the process.I hope we can continue this tradition for many more years. It's fun to have a special summer project.Update I wonder if my grandson will do this with me again this year? I sure hope so. I think I will suggest that we go hiking to gather our Queen Anne's Lace today! I have seen some huge blossoms on the side of the road. In fact, my teenager grandson is the one that pointed them out to me. I just love it when he wants to do the things we did when he was younger.Photo Credit: Photo by my cousin of her Queen Anne's Lace on the porch. I like her vases, don't you?

Queen Anne's Lace
Queen Anne's Lace

What Is Queen Anne's Lace

It is usually seen along the roadside but you can grow it yourself

According to Wikipedia, Queen Anne's Lace is sometimes called Wild Carrot or Bishop's Lace. It is often seen growing wild along the roadside. Don't confuse it with the poison Hemlock because they kind of look similar or at least some folks think so. Queen Anne's Lace blooms from June to August. The blossom is called an umbel.This Wildflower is very pretty in fresh arrangements, too. Just make sure you aren't bringing any bugs in the house with it. It may just look like a weed to some but to me it is very beautiful. Have you ever seen it used in a flower arrangement with roses? Perfectly beautiful.Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Step 1 - Find Your Queen Anne's Lace

Where do you find Queen Anne's Lace? - Queen Anne's Lace usually can be found growing wild along the roadside

Find Queen Anne's Lace in Your Neighborhood

In our neighborhood we usually can find Queen Anne's Lace in the same location along the roadside. There are usually Blackberries growing close by so you get two treats. It is best to cut the Queen Anne's Lace at an angle so it can drink the water more easily.Watch out for chiggers and snakes!Photo Credit: Photo of 9 yr old grandson taken by his OhMe - that would be me!

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Owning a great pair of Garden Clippers is so important and I do love these. I always try to put my name on my clippers as soon as I get them because it seems I am always taking them somewhere to do some cutting or trimming.

Step 2 - Fill Vases With Water and add Food Coloring

Adding Food Coloring to Vases For Queen Anne's Lace - It is fun to dye Queen Anne's Lace

This is the fun part. Be sure to protect your kitchen counter with a towel, wax paper or plastic trash bag. Add just one drop of food coloring per vase. My grandson likes to mix colors and this is a good time to teach how to make secondary colors.

Mix Colors to Make More Colors

Color 1 +
Color 2 =
New Color
Red
Yellow
Orange
Red
Blue
Purple
Blue
Yellow
Green
If you mix them all together which is what kids seem to want to do, you will end up with a brownish color. The Primary Colors are: Red, Yellow and Blue - when you combine two primary colors you create a secondary color.

Food Coloring Works Great To Dye Queen Anne's Lace

Ateco Food Coloring Kit, 6 colors
Ateco Food Coloring Kit, 6 colors

Keep Food Coloring on hand because you never know when you will need it for a project or cookies.

 

Food Coloring Available On Amazon - Find some great colors to dye Queen Anne's Lace

They changed the color Red in the food coloring some years ago and it doesn't work quite as well as some of the other colors. Kids like to mix all the colors but unless you want some brown looking Queen Anne's Lace, you better supervise the mixing of the colors.

Step 3 - Add Your Queen Anne's Lace to Vases

The Queen Anne's Lace Looks So Pretty In The Vase - Make sure you cut the Queen Anne's Lace to fit your vase

Remember: Patience is a Virtue!

Bormioli Rocco Capitol Flower Bud Vase, Gift Boxed
Bormioli Rocco Capitol Flower Bud Vase, Gift Boxed

I like to use vases that are different shapes and heights and sit them in the porch window.

 

Vases Are Available From Amazon - Or you can just use old florist vases that you may have saved

You can even use clear glasses if you have them.

It is fun to sit them in a window and have several different shapes and sizes of vases. I love to look at the colored water with the sun shining through.

There is not a wrong size but you do want to make sure you have room for plenty of water and your stem of Queen Anne's Lace.

Make this a fun project and use whatever you have on hand unless you just need some new vases. Over the years I have collected quite a good many vases of various sizes and shapes.

Step 4 - Place Vases in Window and Wait

My grandson decided to take a swim while he waited for the flowers to change colors.

Enjoy the reflection from the colored water while you wait. - It won't take too very long

Yellow is the first to show on your Queen Anne's Lace - This picture was taken several hours after putting Queen Anne's Lace in Dye

Blue and Green are next to show on your Queen Anne's Lace - Several hours after putting your Queen Anne's Lace in the dye

Multi Colors With Queen Anne's Lace - Blue, Red, and Yellow Queen Anne's Lace

The Big Book of Nature Projects

The Big Book of Nature Projects
The Big Book of Nature Projects

With over 400 colored photos this book really sounds like a wonderful edition to your family library. I enjoyed reading the positive reviews on Amazon.

 

Nature Project Books on Amazon - More Nature Projects in these books

It is so much fun to get outside with your children or grandchildren and teach them to enjoy Mother Nature. Usually these fun nature projects costs nothing or very little which is another good lesson for your young one. I always tried to find plenty of free nature fun for our son and he enjoys nature to this day as an adult.

Making a stroll around your neighborhood with your child or grandchild can become a big adventure with a little imagination. This book would help.

My cousin and her niece read this article

and decided to start their own Queen Annes Lace Tradition

My cousin enjoyed reading this lens because it reminded her of the good times she had doing this as a child. She decided that she and her niece needed to start a tradition of dying Queen Anne's Lace and they sure did a great job. I called her afterwards and talked to her precious niece and she told me how much fun they had and what colors the flowers were now. Such Fun!

Connie's Queen Anne's Lace - Queen Anne's Lace is a great project for grandmas,granddads and of course, aunts and uncles.

What do you think of this fun project?

Have you ever dyed Queen Anne's Lace?

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Have you tried dying Celery?

A friend of mine suggested we do something similar with Celery. I think I remember our son doing that in school so maybe we will try that next. Let me know what experiments you have tried with your children or grandchildren.I hope you will let me know that you were here by signing my guestbook. Thanks so much!

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      glindwood 2 years ago

      When I was a child we dyed daffodils using food coloring. It was always a fun project.

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      Betty DeLorme 2 years ago

      I haven't seen any Queen Anne's Lace yet, but look forward to it blooming wherever it chooses! Never have tried to plant in the yard, but oh, it would be so pretty near my back yard thicket!

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      Connie R 2 years ago

      Love this!!! Try to do it every year!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Greenspirit - I don't think I have ever tried to dry a Poppy seed head. Thanks for the idea.

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      poppy mercer 3 years ago from London

      What fun Nancy! I always dry grasses and poppy seed heads every year...these little rituals that mark the year are very special.

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      Nathalie Roy 3 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Such a lovely and fun idea! Need to try this out, I'd love some blue flowers :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Never tried this, but it looks like a fun 'nature' project to do with a child.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Congratulations on getting Purple Star. This amazing lens certainly deserves it, this is so beautiful. I like this so much, Im Pinning it on Pinterest! ~~Blessed by a SquidAngel~~

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      I didn't know you could do this! The colored water looks so pretty all by itself -- the color in the flowers is a surprising bonus!

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Sounds like fun. I do think kitty Odan would go from gray and white to gray and oh, let's say, blue - he might look good that way, the ornery little cuss (he is into *everything*)!

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      BW Duerr 5 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      I have loved Queen Anne's Lace since I was a child. For so long I manicured every inch of my gardens. These days I let about 10 square feet just do it's thing. This flower is now a yearly joy along with wild daisies. Even native Columbine has made an appearance this year. Thanks for sharing how to dye Queen Anne's Lace. I'll have to share this with my granddaughter who is being trained to be a gardener. :)

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Really nice lens, great job!

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      sandi_x 5 years ago

      Very unique lens

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      LoisLaneToo 5 years ago

      Queen Anne's Lace is one of my favorite memories from visiting my grandparents in the summertime. I might have to try the colors this summer myself!

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      Liz Mackay 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      This sounds like something nice to do with my grandson when he is a bit older. Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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      Kae Yo 5 years ago

      Those are beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Congratulations on making the front page!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a fun project to look forward to every year, I've never done anything with Queen Anne's Lace to dress it up...and it dresses up beautifully....how perfect for showers, weddings...well, any occasion! Congratulations on front page honors and that lovely purple star!

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      felisajale 5 years ago

      Amazing! I love the effect..sad I never seen a flower like that in our country.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      No, never have but I wish it grew around here so I could do this with my grandkids. Fun stuff!

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      kmyangel 5 years ago

      a very unique idea I love it !!!

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      HughSmulders LM 5 years ago

      wow! I am impressed. Really interesting lens, thanks

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I remember at school we colored flowers this way. While I have never seen Queen Anne's Lace as a flower I have bedsheets with them printed on. I'm not sure if you get them in NZ...probably do, just not seen them.

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      Writing Nag 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      this is such a fun lens! Great idea for a summertime kids project! Blessed.

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      SquidAngel blessings. An excellent and unique lens.

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      caketech 5 years ago

      This looks like such a fun project to do with the kids! We will have to try this. Thanks for sharing! :)

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      We have done this with white carnations. Fun lens. Blessings!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I can't wait to try this!

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      What a great idea! I love it!

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      I never knew the name of queen anne's lace before, I remember doing a similar dyeing project back in grade school with plants. Looks like a fun way to get a variety of pretty colors.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens and your photos very much. I wonder if Queen Anne's Lace will grow in my California garden? I'm sure the bees will love it. My cats would probably knock over the vases of colored water, so this would have to be an outdoor project at our house.

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      My mom never let me pick Queen Anne's Lace from beside the road because she said it was full of chiggers. Old habits die hard and I still cannot bring myself to get out of the car and cut some. I have wanted to grow it myself thinking that mine would not have chiggers. Hmmmph. Sure. Love this project and I have the vases to do it, too. Now I just have to remember to bring my cutting shears in the car along with plenty of bug spray.

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      Pastor Cher 5 years ago from United States

      This is so cool. I'd love to try it, but can't find QAL around here.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great lens.

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      mel-kav 5 years ago

      What a great idea!

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      The colors of Queen Anne's Lace are amazing! I've got to try this with my daughter -- she will absolutely love dying the blooms with different colors.

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      YourFirstTime 5 years ago

      What an absolutely cool idea. Love it!

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      I love this idea and intend to try it. We have lots of Queen Anne's Lace growing at the side of our roads. ~blessed~

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      I'd never heard of doing this before, but it is a sweet idea! Thanks!

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      What an awesome lens, and congrats on your front page honors! I've loved Queen Anne's Lace for years, picked a lot of it for bouquets, but never occurred to me to dye it! After we moved to this new house, I haven't found any Queen Anne's Lace to plant in my gardens yet. Now you have me motivated! Blessed.

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Love this idea!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I really want to do this with my grandson when he gets a bit older. Can't wait! l love seeing it grow wild along the road where I go for my walks. Wonderful article! :)

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      MrInfopreneur 5 years ago

      I don't think I can find any of these in my local backyards :( but nice lens anyway

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      First time to know of this. Great idea.

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      Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Never heard of doing this before - fun!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a great idea! I am so impressed by your creativity, Nancy, and I love Queen Anne's Lace! Really enjoyed this lens!

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      I haven't done it with Queen Anne's Lace, but I've done it with other flowers. Fun project!

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      I never guessed that one could color Queen Anne's lace like this. What a great idea!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This sounds like a great project, love the descriptions and photos. Nicely done, blessed.

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      Inkhand 5 years ago

      What a wonderful name "Queen Anne's Lace" for such an interesting plant. A great lens.

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      Frischy 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I never heard of dying flowers before, but it does sound like a fun summer project. Interesting idea!

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Great idea, will try it soon - thanks!! :)

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      I would have never thought of this in a million years. There is plenty of this flower around my area too. What a great idea. Thanks!

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      I've never tried this colorful project for Queen Anne's Lace, but you can bet I will now!

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      GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

      Wonderful activity and an important memory that most certainly will be passed on to future generations. Blessed and added to my Joys of Grandparenting - An Angels journey

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      This is fun project and is amazing for kids, who like to discover new things.I enjoy your lens, great idea

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      Great idea for a craft project....mix nature and crafts...what's better?

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      KarenTBTEN 6 years ago

      What a cool project! SquidAngel blessings!

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      Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

      Love this idea! Blessed :)

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      Barb McCoy 6 years ago

      We did this a long time ago but you can be sure we will try it again now! Thanks for the reminder and I loved reading your lens. Favoriting, lensrolling, and blessing.***Blessed by an Angel***

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      My mom tells about dipping queen anne's lace flowers in batter and frying it like fritters back in the 1930s.When I was a child, we made crystal gardens from coal and laundry blueing. Fun project to do with children.

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      howdoyouspellst 7 years ago

      How pretty! We used to dye daisies like this. Queen Anne's lace is such a beautiful flower! Thanks for sharing.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @lemonsqueezy lm: Some will last for a week or more but will shed daily. It is fun to collect the sheddings and make colorful collages. I need to add information about doing that.

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      lemonsqueezy lm 7 years ago

      I have never tried this. How long do these last once you cut them? I see Queen Anne's Lace all of the time (yes, alongside the road). We will definitely have to try this.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What an amazing idea! I just finished a study of Queen Annes Lace. Its an amazing plant.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      What a lovely project! Looks like a lot of fun to do with grandchildren, and your photos are wonderful too.

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      Bellezza-Decor 7 years ago from Canada

      Okay, you don't mean dye lace, but dye the flower Queen Anne's Lace. Beautiful all the same! Silly me. I think this is a great craft project for kids and it introduces them to nature.

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      VictoriaNTC 7 years ago

      Your Lens has sparked my creativity today. I love it!

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      I love Queen Anne's Lace - it grows wild like crazy around here. I had not thought to color them like this though - thanks for the idea.

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      Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      Great lens. This sounds like a fun project for kids and adults.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      That's really cool. I'm going to try it this summer.Thanks for sharingLizzy

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      Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      I so love Queen Anne's Lace - I've never colored the blossoms, but I have pressed and dried many for crafts. I even have a tiny dried Queen Anne's lace flower sandwiched between pieces of glass and sealed forever that I use for a Christmas tree ornament.

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      JuneMary LM 8 years ago

      What a lovely idea and result. I shall have to try it. Thank you.

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      imolaK 8 years ago

      This is a good idea .We consider this plant a weed and we do not pay him too many attention.I enjoyed your lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wow, I never thought of doing this with Queen Anne's Lace, we did it to celery when I was a kid in school.... in our neighborhood Queen Anne's Lace is almost wiped out because the deer love to eat the roots, but I have a deer fence so it's come back and fills my lawn. Five stars.

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Great lens, and beautiful too! 5*, and lensroll!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thank you all so much for your visits and great comments. I really enjoy this activity.

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Love reading and finding out about this neat little activity.

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      I love Queen Anne's Lace. My aunt sent me some seeds from Iowa to plant down by my creek. They didn't come back this year! I've never heard of coloring them. We always did that with celery. Really enjoyed this lens.

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      Tonie Cook 8 years ago from USA

      I love this 'wild' flower.

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Gee, I haven't seen or thought about Queen Anne's Lace in YEARS. But I used to see it and pick bunches of it all the time when I was a child, growing up in New England. Thanks for reminding me! And how neat, dying it like that. Hmm ... I wonder if it grows in northern Arizona.

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Love this one!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      What a fun project. Thanks for sharing it!

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      This is really cool! How neat that it only takes a few hours for the flowers to take color. Would have thought longer. 5* and a fave :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      [in reply to Joan4] Yes, I was so excited when she said that they were doing it and it sounded like they had a lot of fun and were enjoying the outcome.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Precious to see Connie and her gorgeous granddaughter on here! Wonderful!

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      sittonbull 8 years ago

      Hey... even old grandpas can do this. Another great idea from Ohme.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great idea! I have some Queen Anne's Lace at the end of my driveway that is looking like it will get colored very soon!

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      You're officially blessed!A great nature study idea, and amazingly one we've never done despite the fact that we've got loads of Queen Anne's Lace growing down near the river where we go to play and explore. Thanks for this idea.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      [in reply to bjc] Thank you, BJ for visiting and commenting. Bring the boys over when they come to see you. That would be fun!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you for a beautiful grandma idea! I will be doing this when the boys come see me, and also when I go see them. I remember dying queen anne's lace, celery, and daffodils as a child. The dye would make a lovely green or blue border close to the edge of the daffodil blossom. Both my daughters had wedding bouquets of wildflowers when they married, and queen anne's lace was a significant part of their bouquets.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Welcome to the Nature and the Outdoors GroupLizzy

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I am thrilled that so many of you have enjoyed this lens. I had no idea that everybody doesn't dye Queen Anne's Lace. You know, it is one of those things that is so common place for us that we don't think much about it. Your comments have made me treasure this tradition even more. Thank you.

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      dustytoes 8 years ago

      Thanks very much for the feature...I have also added a link to this lens in my QAL module.

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      dustytoes 8 years ago

      I have been looking for Queen Annes Lace because I always like it to grow in my garden, but I have never done this! I've colored other flowers, but this one is a natural for it. The blue is gorgeous. I'm lensrolling to my flower lens because I have a small blurb about Queen Anne's lace there. This was fun and I'm glad your grandson still enjoys this.

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      motorpurrr 8 years ago

      Those are really neat flowers. Thanks for making a lens on them. It's great to learn about plants in other areas.

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Wow, cool. I've never tried this.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens, Nan! Fun memories from our childhood, and with my children, too! A great summer activity! br

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      Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I've never heard of this before... but now I'm ready to try it out. Great idea. Thanks!

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Thanks for making a lens about this. I never heard of thisfun thing to do before.A huge 5 Very well done.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      lol I love all these comments and am amazed at the folks who had not done this before! We must really be getting old! lol now you need a lens about the sweet potato vine trick! lol We can just make lenses about all the fun things we used to do! Like clover chains ! :)