Usually, this project is done with dried allium flowers, but you can use other perennial flowers as well such as Astilbe or Echinacea.
- Gather your allium flowers after they have dried on the plant
- Choose a location to paint the allium that is well ventilated (ideally, outdoors) and spread cardboard or newspaper out
- Determine what direction the wind is blowing and plan to spray with your back to the wind -- wear gloves, mask, and clothing that you don't mind getting paint on
- Insert or attach a dowel rod onto the base of the allium flowers and wrap with floral tape, if the stems are not strong or need reinforcement
- Hold the dowel/stem of the allium and spraying the bloom while rotating it to fully cover all parts of the flower
- Lay down or hang the flowers to let them dry
- Optional: Put a piece of cardboard just under the flower to act as a protective collar and spray the dowel/stem green
You can also use this collar method to spray dried flowers that are still attached to the plants in a container or a garden bed.
These painted flowers can last for years inside or only a season outside. Add a layer of shellac spray to keep them intact longer.
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