Coloring Carnations GREEN for St. Patrick's Day

Create this fun and festive flower centerpiece using green food coloring.

Children will absolutely love the Leprechaun magic as they watch the carnations turn from white to green. With food coloring, you can make carnations nearly any color you desire. In addition, coloring white carnations with food coloring can also be a fun science experiment to demonstrate to kids how the carnations drink water. Change the carnation color for different holidays as well. For example, you can use Easter egg dye for an adorable Easter bouquet of many bright colors. 

Here is how to make this green colored carnation centerpiece:

Tools and Materials:

White carnations, Green food coloring, Vase and Scissors

How-To Color Carnations:
1. Mix food coloring with water according to the directions on the food-coloring package, making sure the water reaches a dark, rich shade of green. Fill vase with this mixture.

2. Cut ends of the carnation stems under running water and place the carnations into your vase overnight. The flowers will soak up the food coloring through the stem, resulting in vibrant green flowers.


Darien resident Janine Vairo is the founder of PartyStyle Box. Janine blogs about party ideas, recipes and decor. She can be reached at partystylebox@gmail.com and at www.partystylebox.com. 

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Reverend Barbara Sexton March 15, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Fantastic 'how-to', Janine--thank you! White carnations are the most 'aromatic' of all carnation mutations...so anyone following your instructions will have the best of all worlds. Just a note on 'carnation perfume'. There isn't any, really. It just so happens that, unfortunately, 'oil'-of-carnation' perfume is not a viable option, since all extracts of this lovely flower are incompatible with human and most mammalian skin. Contact dermatitises (dermatitides) occur, as they do with many peony species. So if you really love carnations (as I do--they're my favorite flower) keep some live ones nearby. Have a Blessed St. Patrick's Day to you!
PartyStyle Box March 16, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Thanks so very much for your nice comment Reverend Barbara Sexton. I appreciate it. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you to!
MM. March 16, 2013 at 03:51 PM
This is an extremely fun idea. Love it PartyStyle Box!


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