DIY: Painted Allium
This is an easy and fun project. The color combinations are as wide as your imagination. Try metallics in winter or bright jewel tones in summer. Pop them around your garden to add color in any season. You can also use these in a modern floral arrangement in a vase.
- 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.
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