A few years ago, I made a dried flower arrangement with grasses and seed heads picked from my yard and spray painted it gold. Did you know you can spray paint dried flowers with regular old spray paint to get a custom look? This is a great trick to use when making custom decor, wedding centerpieces and more! And Florists have been spray painting flowers for arrangements for years, I am simply taking their cue! All of those odd and unnatural colored flowers have either been dyed or painted at your local florist. There are no such thing as blue carnations or bright orange hydrangeas.
I had gathered hydrangeas, grasses and daylily seed pods to create pretty dried floral arrangements from. Even though hydrangeas fade to a beautiful gold color, I wanted to add in a few other colors and try another project out as well. I had a beautiful clear day to play around. You can see a post where I talk about gathering the flowers and stems from my yard, plus a few other suggestions for things you can gather to add to dried flower arrangements. FYI, they are flammable so keep them away from heat sources or open flames.
I admit, I had to go to a few different stores to find all of the colors I wanted for the project. I ended up at Micheal’s, Hobby Lobby and Home Depot to find all of the colors I needed. It ended up being an adventure. I realized out of all of them, Home Depot actually had the best and biggest selection of spray paint choices.
A few things needed to spray paint flowers besides the paint: safety goggles and a mask ( and gloves if you don’t want paint on your hands),a well-ventilated area, a box to use as a spray “tent” and a rack of some kind to let them dry on. I used an old crate and small metal table, but you’ll want something that they can hang upright in. They will be sticky for a while. Even a large box with holes poked through the bottom would work.
The most important thing about spray painting is to make sure the day isn’t very windy, and that you turn your flower to make sure you cover all of the sides while spray painting dried flowers . It helped to hold it by the far end of the stem and turn them, spraying away.
Once they are painted, put them in your drying rack and let them dry for 24 hours. Some of the paints with less matte finishes took much longer to dry, and stayed stick for a while. And I liked the look of the matte paints over the shiny paints better.
Once they are dry , they are ready to use! I have a few things planned already for fall decor!