Stunning Metallic Painted Dried Giant Allium Flowers ~ How to dry and spray paint Giant Allium Flowers to use in floral bouquets or floral arrangements.
I have been busy getting the garden ready for winter. My tasks have included cutting back the perennials, giving the grass a final fertilizing treatment and planting some new pink tulips, blue sibericas and purple giant allium flower bulbs.
I have also teamed up with several other talented DIY bloggers. We call ourselves the Junk Visionaries and we get together once a month for a blog hop where we share our latest projects within an assigned theme. The theme for this month is ‘Nature Inspired Project Ideas’. At the end of this article you will find links to a wide variety of amazing projects.
I already have some of the purple giant allium flowers growing in the garden and they seem to be very happy where I have placed them. I planted them a couple of years ago and each year in about the month of June they have produced stunning large purple flowers that look like big spheres. They are known as Stars of Persia (Allium christophii) and they are absolutely gorgeous. Here is a photograph of one of the flower beds where I have them growing. The larger purple ones are behind the smaller white alliums.
When they were finished flowering they turned to big white spheres made up of all kinds of intricate spikes. Rather than cut them back I just left them in the garden. I even found they were just as stunning in the garden once they stopped blooming.
Last month I snipped the giant allium flowers off to start clearing off the garden. But I just couldn’t get rid of them.
I knew they had potential to be used in a fall décor project. So I stored them in a big bin in the garage and let them dry out a bit more. They became my item from nature for this months’ nature inspired theme.
What I did next was create stunning metallic painted dried giant allium flowers to use in some outdoor fall flower arrangements I make every year. I chose to spray paint them with a bronze metallic spray paint. I love starting with an idea for a project and having it turn out better than expected! Here is how you can make your own….
Stunning Metallic Painted Dried Giant Allium Flowers
- dried giant allium flowers
- green bamboo garden stakes
- sharp garden pruners
- green garden wire
- Krylon bronze metallic spray paint
Gently shake each dried giant allium flower in a large plastic bag or bin. This removes most of the tiny little seeds in each of the spikes. They will look like poppy seeds and there are quite a few.
Trim the green bamboo garden stakes to the length you would like your metallic painted dried allium flowers to be with a pair of sharp garden pruners. The bamboo garden stake’s purpose is to give more height to the flower as well as more stability.
Starting just underneath the bloom attach the bamboo garden stake to the stem of the flower with the garden wire. This photograph gives you an idea where I started with the wire and how tightly I wrapped it around the stem and the bamboo stake.
Spray each bloom and stem with a light coat of spray paint. Allow to dry thoroughly. Spray each bloom and stem with a second coat of spray paint ensuring to cover the entire flower. I did not spray the length of the entire bamboo stake to conserve spray paint knowing that it would be hidden when inserted in the fall planter. Let this coat dry thoroughly.
Some Tips That Will Really Help…
- I spray painted each flower with one hand holding the end of the bamboo stake and my other hand pressing the spray can. I slowly turned the flower and stem around while I sprayed. I wore plastic gloves and did the spraying while standing outside.
- I organized a drying station in the garage. I set up a table covered with plastic. I also set it up so the giant blooms were not resting on the table but hanging over the edge. I placed pieces of 2 x 4 wood on top of the stems so the flowers stayed secure while the spray paint was drying.
I was able to make nine stunning metallic painted dried giant allium flowers. They can be enjoyed in a floral bouquet or a floral arrangement. I will be sharing how I created the planters in my next blog post so stay tuned.
When I dismantle my fall outdoor planters I plan to store them in this tall tin vase I picked up at the thrift store tucked away in a corner in the garage. The blooms are really quite large and a bit delicate.
Final Comments: This was a very easy DIY project to do. I thought I would share it now just in case you wanted to plan ahead and plant some Giant Purple Alliums (Stars Of Persia) in your garden this fall so they will bloom next spring. What colour of metallic paint will you be using?
Your Turn: Now are you ready for more inspiration and ideas from the Junk Visionaries? Here are their nature themed DIY projects that I invite you to check out….
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