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Mother's Day

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STEAM: Test Tube Vase with Colour Changing Flowers

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Surprise Mum this Mother’s Day with a one of a kind dyed flower! Decorate your test tube vase with bright coloured tissue paper and then put your science skills to the test!
Value of pack components: $58.24 inc GST
  • Step 1Assemble the wooden pieces of the test tube vase. Remember to use PVA Glue for a permanent bond. Allow to dry.
  • Step 2Give the wooden vase a coat of white paint. This will allow the colours of the tissue to really pop! Allow the paint to dry and give a second coat if needed.
  • Step 3Choose which colours of tissue paper you’d like to use and then tear them up into small pieces. We have chosen pink, yellow and green. Use PVA glue and a glue brush to start sticking the pieces of tissue to the wood.
  • Step 4Continue gluing the tissue all over the vase until it is completely covered. Allow to dry.
  • Step 5Use Foam Glitter Heart Stickers to decorate the sides of the vase. Now the vase is nice and pretty, it’s time to dye a flower!
  • Step 6Place the test tube into the vase. Fill 2/3 full of water then add a couple of drops of liquid watercolour.
  • Step 7Take a white flower and place the stem into the coloured liquid.
  • If you have more than one vase or if using the 5 Slot Test Tube Vase, you could even split the stem and sit the ends in 2 different colours!
  • Step 8Leave the flower overnight and observe what happens! How long does it take to start to turn? How strong a pigment can you get? Do different flowers result in a stronger pigment? What about different coloured dyes?
  • Trim the stem of your flower each day to create a fresh tip for absorbing in the coloured water!
  • Step 9Your beautiful dyed flower and vase are now ready to give to Mum!

Materials used in this activity

Tissue Paper Squares - 12.5cm
Optional
Product Code: 10069 Pack of 480
EACH $14.29 (inc GST) $12.99 (ex GST)
4 or more $9.89 (inc GST) $8.99 (ex GST)          
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CleverPatch Junior PVA Glue
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Product Code: 10364 250ml
EACH $5.49 (inc GST) $4.99 (ex GST)
36 or more $3.29 (inc GST) $2.99 (ex GST)          
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Product Code: 15518 Each
EACH $3.30 (inc GST) $3.00 (ex GST)
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Product Code: 16886 75ml
EACH $3.29 (inc GST) $2.99 (ex GST)
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Foam Glitter Heart Stickers
Optional
Product Code: 17182 Pack of 120
EACH $5.49 (inc GST) $4.99 (ex GST)
10 to 14 $4.39 (inc GST) $3.99 (ex GST) 15 or more $3.29 (inc GST) $2.99 (ex GST)
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Product Code: 18069 250ml
EACH $10.99 (inc GST) $9.99 (ex GST)
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Single Test Tube Vases
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Product Code: 18799 Pack of 5
EACH $15.39 (inc GST) $13.99 (ex GST)
10 to 19 $12.09 (inc GST) $10.99 (ex GST) 20 or more $6.59 (inc GST) $5.99 (ex GST)
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