How Do You Paint Silk Flowers?

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To paint silk flowers, clean the flowers, cover your work space and paint with spray paint or acrylic paint in the color of your choice. Painting silk flowers is especially useful when old flowers are being upcycled to use in a new arrangement or if a particular decor is being matched.

  1. Choose a paint

    Craft stores sell paints specifically designed for painting flowers. The Design Master collection, for instance, has a very fine mist that lets you control the depth of color, which is especially important if you only want a light tint. If you're not too particular about the color depth, any spray paint works for silk flowers. Another method to paint silk flowers uses diluted acrylic paint in a small container.

  2. Clean the flowers and cover the work surface

    Dust off your flowers, especially if they are not new. Cover your work surface with old newspapers or a dust cloth.

  3. Paint the flowers

    If the flowers are attached to a stem, first cover the stems with a paper towel. If you're using a spray can, hold the can a few inches away from the flowers and hold the nozzle down. Spray once over and let it dry. Spray the flowers again if you want a bolder color or if you've missed some spots. If you're using acrylic paint, dilute the paint, and dip the flowers in the mixture, swishing them in the paint. Remove the flowers from the paint, and let them dry.