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How to Paint Fake Flowers Any Color, In Minutes

If you can’t find fake flowers in the colors you need or just want a change, paint them! This tutorial shows you how to paint flowers in minutes. No floral spray paint required.

Skills Required: Beginner. If you can use a can of spray paint, you can make this project! I would say if you aren’t an expert with spray paint, the biggest tip for success is to work slowly. It will work well if you follow that advice.

How to paint flowers

I love real plants, but they don’t last around this house. Something about having to remember to water them always causes an issue.

Artificial flowers are one way to spruce up a room but sometimes you can’t find the colors you need. Why not paint them?

Painting Artificial Flowers

Before you get started painting the flowers, you will want to make sure that they are clean and ready to paint. Dust the blooms or wipe them lightly with a wet paper towel.

If they are really dirty you can try washing them in the sink, but be gentle. You should also put something in the sink as a trap so you don’t lose too many blooms or petals. Let dry.

After you spruce up the flowers and let them dry, you’ll want to get rid of any leaves and petals you don’t want. If you want to, use painter’s tape to tape off the stem(s) so that spray paint doesn’t end up there.

Floral Spray Paint

I did a little research on floral spray paint before beginning this project, and a lot of people use Design Masters brand. Apparently it goes on very light.

I wanted to see if I could forgo floral spray paint and just use the paint I had on hand. My two colors were Rustoleum in a shade of orange-y red and then white for an accent.

The Rustoleum worked VERY well! My personal opinion – you don’t need floral spray paint for a project like this. If your artificial flowers are *very* lightweight (the fabric used is very sheer), I might consider purchasing something else. But for what I did, regular spray paint worked just fine.

You could always do a test before you completely cover the flowers, just to make sure it’s going to work. I’ll leave that up to you. Are you ready to dive in? Here’s how to paint fake flowers!

Supplies to paint artificial flowers with spray paint

How to Paint Flowers

You’ll need:

  • Artificial flowers
  • Spray paint in a base color and accent color
  • Poster board or something else to cover your surface
Spraying faux flowers with Rustoleum spray paint

Outside, place the poster board (or newspaper, etc) on a flat surface. Use the main spray paint color to completely cover the flower petals. It’s better to work slowly, adding several light coats and letting dry in between.

Allow about 15 – 20 minutes to dry before flipping the flowers over and spraying the other side with paint. Keep rotating and spraying the flowers until they are completely covered.

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Let the artificial flowers dry completely, and then work on adding the accent layer of paint.

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To add the accent dimension, take your second color of spray paint and randomly spritz the petals. You’re going to love how this gives the flowers a nice highlighted look.

Leave the flowers outside to fully dry and air out for at least 2 – 3 hours. Just remember not to let them dry in wet spray paint! This will cause the blooms to stick to the poster board, which you obviously don’t want.

Old artificial flowers

The flowers in the above photo are what the bouquet looked like before paint. Sad and kinda gross.

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This is what they look like after – much better! Place them in a lovely vase to showcase your creative awesomeness.

With a little spray paint, they were revived to a more modern display. Now you are empowered to paint fake flowers yourself!

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Loretta Molet

Sunday 3rd of March 2019

Thanks. The hints were very helpful. I am going to try it today.


Wednesday 19th of September 2018

What color did you use ?


Thursday 20th of September 2018

Hi Jill! I believe it's orange - however, I don't have the can anymore :/


Thursday 13th of October 2016

Does the paint stick really well? I'm having a difficult time finding navy blue flowers for my wedding bouquet and it sounds like the only way I'll get the color I want is by painting the flowers, but I don't want the paint to chip off and ruin my wedding dress!


Saturday 29th of December 2018

They have navy blue flowers in the range uk


Thursday 13th of October 2016

If you use spray paint and silk flowers, absolutely! I recommend testing on ONE of the flowers you are going to use first. Let it sit for a day after painting and then check to make sure. I always test in those sorts of situations!

Deborah Hopper

Saturday 20th of August 2016

Now that's an idea, I love flowers all the beautiful colors, but any real flower's or plants just wither up and die, I love faux flowers, I'll give mine a spray of paint. Thanks

Jaslynn Joan

Friday 21st of November 2014

Beautiful Flowers and painted it well..Thanks for useful tips.. Jaslynn, Bizbilla b2b portal