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Queen Anne's Lace
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?
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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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 =
Food Coloring Works Great To Dye Queen Anne's Lace
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!
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
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.
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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?
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!