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How to Make Ink From Flower Petals

The perfect way to recycle an old bouquet.

We recently came across a recipe for ink made from flower petals, so naturally we had to try it for ourselves. The process of making flower petal ink is quite simple and can yield beautiful colors– you can even experiment with using different foraged blooms from the backyard, now that spring is bringing color into season.

We used dark red peonies to create a cool, purple color. Decorate a card or color a mandala with it — There’s no going wrong!

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Floral Ink

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  • leftover or virgin flower petals
  • pestle
  • small jar or bowl
  • paintbrush
  • boiling water



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  1. Mash the flower petals in a jar or bowl using a pestle or any other grinding implement.
  2. Pour boiling water over the petals, just enough that they are covered.
  3. Let sit for 24 hours, preferably in a sunny spot.
  4. Strain and use!
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