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Queen Anne's Lace

Coloring Queen Anne's Lace with Food Coloring

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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.

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

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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!

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

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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

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.

Color 1 +Color 2 =New Color

Red

Yellow

Orange

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Blue

Purple

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Yellow

Green

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

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Remember: Patience is a Virtue!

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

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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

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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

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

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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.

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What do you think of this fun project?

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!

Thanks for Visiting

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on March 02, 2018:

I loved seeing your picture when editing. This is one of my favorites too

Connie Rasbury on March 02, 2018:

You know this is one of my favorites!

Always have such fun with this project.

glindwood on November 11, 2015:

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

Betty DeLorme on April 16, 2015:

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!

Connie R on April 16, 2015:

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

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on September 22, 2014:

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

poppy mercer from London on September 12, 2014:

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

Nathalie Roy from France (Canadian expat) on September 12, 2014:

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

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on December 26, 2012:

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

dellgirl on July 31, 2012:

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~~

bossypants on July 18, 2012:

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!

cmadden on July 12, 2012:

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*)!

Beth Webster-Duerr from Henrietta, New York on July 04, 2012:

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. :)

dream1983 on June 25, 2012:

Really nice lens, great job!

sandi_x on June 24, 2012:

Very unique lens

LoisLaneToo on June 24, 2012:

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!

Liz Mackay from United Kingdom on June 23, 2012:

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

Kae Yo on June 23, 2012:

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

anonymous on June 23, 2012:

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!

felisajale on June 23, 2012:

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

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on June 22, 2012:

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

kmyangel on June 22, 2012:

a very unique idea I love it !!!

HughSmulders LM on June 22, 2012:

wow! I am impressed. Really interesting lens, thanks

LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on June 21, 2012:

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.

Writing Nag from Colorado Springs, Colorado on June 21, 2012:

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

Stephen Bush from Ohio on June 21, 2012:

SquidAngel blessings. An excellent and unique lens.

caketech on June 21, 2012:

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

Linda Pogue from Missouri on June 21, 2012:

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

anonymous on June 21, 2012:

I can't wait to try this!

Lindrus on June 20, 2012:

What a great idea! I love it!

KarenCookieJar on June 20, 2012:

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.

KimGiancaterino on June 20, 2012:

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.

Mickie Gee on June 20, 2012:

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.

Pastor Cher from United States on June 19, 2012:

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

anonymous on June 19, 2012:

great lens.

mel-kav on June 18, 2012:

What a great idea!

Anthony Altorenna from Connecticut on June 18, 2012:

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.

YourFirstTime on June 18, 2012:

What an absolutely cool idea. Love it!

fullofshoes on June 18, 2012:

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~

kimbesa from USA on June 18, 2012:

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

Sheila from Omaha, NE on June 18, 2012:

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.

Lori Green from Las Vegas on June 18, 2012:

Love this idea!

Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on June 17, 2012:

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! :)

MrInfopreneur on June 17, 2012:

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

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 17, 2012:

First time to know of this. Great idea.

Paul from Liverpool, England on June 15, 2012:

Never heard of doing this before - fun!

anonymous on June 14, 2012:

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

Terrie_Schultz on May 29, 2012:

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

flicker lm on February 18, 2012:

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

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on February 12, 2012:

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

Inkhand on January 18, 2012:

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

Frischy from Kentucky, USA on November 13, 2011:

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

dahlia369 on August 28, 2011:

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

sousababy on August 02, 2011:

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!

Ruthi on June 23, 2011:

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

GramaBarb from Vancouver on June 23, 2011:

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

Michey LM on June 23, 2011:

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

ohcaroline on May 23, 2011:

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

KarenTBTEN on February 21, 2011:

What a cool project! SquidAngel blessings!

Missmerfaery444 on January 21, 2011:

Love this idea! Blessed :)

Barb McCoy on January 13, 2011:

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***

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on October 23, 2010:

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.

howdoyouspellst on October 20, 2010:

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

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on September 13, 2010:

@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.

lemonsqueezy lm on September 13, 2010:

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.

anonymous on August 05, 2010:

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

Indigo Janson from UK on June 05, 2010:

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

Bellezza-Decor from Canada on June 05, 2010:

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.

VictoriaNTC on May 05, 2010:

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

clouda9 lm on March 28, 2010:

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.

Andy-Po on January 27, 2010:

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

ElizabethJeanAl on December 28, 2009:

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

Lee Hansen from Vermont on October 30, 2009:

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.

JuneMary LM on October 24, 2009:

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

imolaK on October 20, 2009:

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

anonymous on October 19, 2009:

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.

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on August 02, 2009:

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

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on August 01, 2009:

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

Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on August 01, 2009:

Love reading and finding out about this neat little activity.

Dianne Loomos on July 31, 2009:

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.

Tonie Cook from USA on July 29, 2009:

I love this 'wild' flower.

Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on July 19, 2009:

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.

bdkz on July 17, 2009:

Love this one!

Robin S from USA on July 17, 2009:

What a fun project. Thanks for sharing it!

Mary from Chicago area on July 15, 2009:

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 :)

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on July 14, 2009:

[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.

Joan4 on July 14, 2009:

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

sittonbull on July 08, 2009:

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

anonymous on July 07, 2009:

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!

Jimmie Quick from Memphis, TN, USA on July 06, 2009:

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.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on July 05, 2009:

[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!

anonymous on July 05, 2009:

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.

ElizabethJeanAl on July 05, 2009:

Welcome to the Nature and the Outdoors GroupLizzy

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on July 04, 2009:

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.

dustytoes on July 04, 2009:

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

dustytoes on July 04, 2009:

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.

motorpurrr on July 04, 2009:

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

Ruth Coffee from Zionsville, Indiana on July 04, 2009:

Wow, cool. I've never tried this.

anonymous on July 03, 2009:

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

Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on July 03, 2009:

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

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