How to Change the Coloring of Cut Flowers
To change white carnation-type petals to green, stand the long-stemmed flowers in water containing a green aniline dye. Other suitable aniline dyes may be used to achieve colored stripes on white flowers.
Place flowers over a basin of water which contains a very small amount of ammonia in a bell glass. The petals will usually change. For example, many violet-colored petals will change to green; red colors will become green, white will turn yellow and dark carmine will turn black.
Violet-colored asters can be moistened with a very mild solution of nitric acid. The ray florets will turn red and will also acquire a pleasant scent.
Crafts for Tots
Mix a few drops of food coloring to a small amount of liquid starch.
Dissolve 1/2 ounce of alum into 1/2 pint of vinegar. Dip a fine tipped brush into the solution and write your message on the shell of an egg. Let dry completely; then boil for 15 minutes.
How You Can Preserve Cut Flowers
You can preserve the fresh beauty of flowers for years in their natural vivid colors without a great deal of work or expense.
Combine 2 cups of rose leaves with 1-3/4 cups vetiver root, 1-1/2 cups patchonly herb and 3/4 cup mace. Fill little cotton bags with the mixture and tie with a ribbon.
How to Preserve Old and Brittle Newspaper Clippings
Dissolve 1 milk of magnesia tablet in 1 quart of club soda.
How to Transfer Photos to Other Objects
You can transfer a photo or snapshot from a negative onto wood, cloth, paper, etc. All printing is done from the negative not from the photo. Prepare two simple solutions as follows:
How You Can Dry Flowers and Wax Fresh Flowers
You can enjoy the freshness of a flower garden throughout the year by cutting and drying your favorite flowers. The two easiest and least expensive methods are sand-drying and air-drying.
How You Can Preserve and Make Novelties from Leaves
Place the leaves in a pan and cover them with dry, hot sand. Allow this to cool. Remove the leaves and smooth them with a hot iron. Dip them in colorless varnish and let them dry.