Artificial flowers are wonderful. Not only are they low maintenance, but their decorating possibilities are nearly endless. To give your silk roses a little extra pop, coat them with glitter spray. Available in cans, it goes on just like any other paint. Work slowly as you apply it to avoid mistakes, which are largely irreversible. To minimise the chance of inhaling paint fumes, put on a breathing mask and keep a window open or work outside.
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Things you need
- Paper bag
- Salt or cornmeal
- Foam block
- Breathing mask
- Clear coat
Dust the silk roses. Glitter paint will not adhere well to a dusty surface. Fill a large bag with 1/2 cup of salt or cornmeal. Insert the silk roses. Then shake the bag vigorously for 90 seconds. The salt or cornmeal will absorb all dust and debris. Then remove the flowers from the bag and tap off any clinging salt or cornmeal.
Lay newspaper over your work table.
Place the foam block on the newspaper. Insert the silk roses' stems into the foam block so that they stand upright on their own. Leave roughly 6 inches between each flower.
Shake the can of glitter spray paint for 15 seconds.
Spray the rose heads with the glitter spray. Hold the can 6 to 8 inches away from the rose heads. Coat the sides and the interior of the rose heads with a thin layer of glitter. Step back and observe the job. For heavier glitter coverage, apply a second coat.
Leave the flowers standing to dry for four hours or the amount of between-coat drying time recommended by the manufacturer.
Coat the roses with a clear coat sealant spray paint to keep the glitter from rubbing off easily. Hold the can 6 to 8 inches away from the rose heads. Coat the sides and the interior of the rose heads with a thin layer of clear coat.
Allow the spray paint to cure for 48 hours before handling the flowers.
Tips and warnings
- If you do not have a foam block, you can hold and spray each flower individually. To dry them, place each flower stem in a separate small vase or hang them upside down to dry so that they are not touching anything.
- Read the label on the spray paint before you apply it. Make sure that it is specifically listed as safe to use on silk or artificial flowers.
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