30 August, 2009

Spray Painted Live Flowers


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I mentioned about spray painting growing flowers in my garden in an earlier post. A lot of folks were interested in how I did that.


The problem with perennials is that they don't bloom for a very long time. They turned all brown and brittle.

This is a can of Design Master florist spray. Remember those prom flowers that were sprayed a color to match your gown? This spray is translucent enough for fresh flowers or layer it on flower pots or urns for a more opaque look. You can get the floral spray at florists or craft stores. Here is a link to Design Master web site. I've had a can of white for a number of years.

I held a piece of cardboard behind the bloom to prevent overspray.



Here is the after. Granted, it's not as lush and full as the live blossoms, but it's not brown. It will withstands rain and will stay on until I cut it down in the fall.


30 comments:

marty39 said...

What a clever idea. I love it. They look fabulous and white always shows up so well in the garden. I will definitely have to try this. Hugs, Marty

Paula said...

I would never in a million years have thought of doing this. Great idea!!

Lisa Shatzer said...

Wow, that is a brilliant idea. I love it!

Blue Creek Home said...

Who knew???
Does it come in green? I have a fern that could use some help!
Rhonda

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Such a great idea! Thanks for the how to.

Stop by my blog if you have a minute... I would love to see you.


TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

sherrie said...

Is there anything bloggers don't think of? What an awesome idea!

Thank you for sharing this.

Sherrie

Tootsie said...

well now!!! isn't that neat! I like it!

Becky K. said...

You are so clever!

I can just imagine what the neighbors will think next year when I head to the garden with my paint!
But who cares!

It makes an amazing difference!

Becky K

susan said...

Well, this is certainly a new one on me! If I don't have a green thumb, I can always paint one, or paint my flowers to match a table setting, or my mood...oh the possibilities are endless :) Very interesting!

prof en retraite said...

Well now...I have never seen this! I am off to paint my tired end-of-summer plants. I am with Rhonda...does it come in green? lol Happy week!...Debbie

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a great idea - thanks for sharing.

Domestic Designer said...

What a great idea!

Its So Very Cheri said...

This reminds me of some friends of my parents. They bought a big old home and were remodeling it and making it into a bed and breakfast. As they got into it there were more things needing to be done that originally expected. He is an artist. they had some shrubs die and couldn't afford to buy new that year so he went out and habd painted each leaf, painting all a different color so it would look more real.

I hope you will come by for a visit.
Cheri
Its So Very Cheri

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Wow, that is so cool! I would have never of thought of doing that. You are so creative.

Jane

Its So Very Cheri said...

I became a follower and hope you will do the same.

I have never had to block anyone but I believe I remember seeing something about blocking just one individual. I am doing a post to tell people what is going on and how to fix it so come back tomorrow for the update..

Cheri

Debbie @ The Shabby Bungalow said...

I have never ever seen this done before and think it is incredible. Think I need to spray paint a lot of plants in my garden! LOL Thanks for popping by my blog and sorry to hear about your job :(

Melissa Miller said...

Very pretty Karen! I've never seen this done before. ~Lovely.

I'm so sorry to hear about what you've been going through. The econonoy is so tough for so many right now. I'll pray for a wonderful outcome my friend.

~Blessings, ~Melissa :)

Suzanne in TX said...

Thanks for stopping in to say hello yesterday! I love your tip on how to paint the flowers. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week ahead!

Shirley said...

What a great idea for short lived perennials!! Never thought of paint!!

Kay said...

WOW! Such a good idea.... I have been known to add silk flowers to my garden. I have a "dog yard" and not much grows there, so I planted some silk flowrer along with the greens that are coming up and from the sun room windows no one knows they aren't real! I added some geraniums to my window boxes one weekend when I was getting company for some color, the plants just weren't blooming so I added blooms to the real foilage.

Lori E said...

Pretty sneaky. I thought you were spraying perfectly good blooms but then I realized you spray them when they brown up. Duh.

Ashley ~ said...

Hello sweet friend...just wanted to pop in to say thank you for your prayers*! I hope you are having a beautiful day*! _Ashley

Debbie Egizio said...

Wow, you did wonders to the garden with that can of magic. It is magic you know? When I worked as a product designer we used to use design master paints for every project under the sun. You can paint fabric, wood, metal and so much more. Love what you did to transform your plants. So clever!!!

I loved seeing the picture of your sweet little bichon . They're such lovely dogs. ;)

Bill said...

What a great idea! I knew a young couple who forgot to water the live topiaries on their front porch ... so they sprayed them green after they died ... I thought it was pretty clever of them!

Bye for now,
Bill

michellejohnnie said...

This is one of the coolest ideas I have seen in weeks. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com Grab my "featured" button!!!

SmilingSally said...

How creative! I think that you could use them in some type of indoor decor.


I checked out the redneck Christmas tree. LOL

Barb said...

Well, how clever is that!!

thanks for sharing.

I'm heading out to get some pink, yellow, red.... =0)

barbara jean

a woman who is said...

Okay I am stupefied. Being a serious gardener...that hates silk or any kind of fake flowers I am amazed. I hate when my astilbes go brown. They do not bloom for very long. Now I am thinking could I ??? Who would know...hehehe

Bonnie said...

Thanks for the great idea!

The Persimmon Perch said...

What a great idea. Never would have thought of that!