How to Spray Paint Your Flowers
Sometimes you just need that exact shade of pink. Or blue. Or purple. Or... whatever it is. And sometimes flowers in those shades are either not available or cost prohibitive. Enter: Spray Paint. Yes, they make a special spray paint for flowers—and it's magical. It's more sheer, so you can layer colors and get a more natural effect, plus it comes in like a gazillion colors.
I generally only use spray paint on white hydrangeas because I think it's easiest to achieve a natural look, even with otherworldly colors. But you could also doctor up carnations, roses or other sturdy-petaled blooms.
For this arrangement, I used three shades of blue—Blue Sky, French Blue and Ice Blue—to layer and variegate the hues in the arrangement. (I'm secretly testing out some options for my son's upcoming first birthday, but more on that later.)
Anyway, it's a very simple technique and just takes a little experimenting and practice to perfect. Take the bloom in one hand, the spray can in the other and hold them maybe 10" away from each other. You're going to spray the paint toward the flower in one-spritz intervals, moving the spray paint sort of in an arc pattern... hold the flower in the center and, if you're right-handed, start the paint at the left of the flower, arc over it in the center and then come down on the right. I've found it's easiest to control the paint if I keep my spray paint arm stationary and rotate my hand in the arc motion from the wrist.
Focus on tips of the petals in the softest shade, then add more paint to get a deeper shade. HEADS UP: You're never going to get complete color coverage with this technique. It's basically like tinting the flower. But, when you're trying to stick to a budget, it's a great option for creating beautiful arrangements for a shower, brunch or birthday without breaking the bank!
Here are the three colors we used:
Here are the three colors together, so you can see the difference in hues:
And here's the final mix! I love a few white hydrangeas tucked in there too for contrast.