Dollar Store Flower Dipping Technique

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I was totally inspired by the post from Virginia B. (here on Hometalk) on flower dipping! This technique is so beautiful and can be done to practically anything. Here is how to do it!
First I started with flowers from the Dollar Store. There are a variety to choose from but for my project, I chose small roses.
Next, clip the heads off the flowers. When doing this, be sure to leave some stem to hang on to when you being the dipping.

Now mix up your plaster of paris. Follow the instructions on the packaging but I used 2 parts plaster to 1 part cold water. When it's mixed well, it should be a yogurt-like consistency.
Take your flower and hold onto the stem and dip the flower into the plater.
Be sure to cover the entire bud and the bit of green leading up to the stem.
Lay a sheet of parchment or wax paper down on a baking tin to let the flowers dry. Make sure to let the dry completely before moving them.
Once they are dry, take a scissors and cut off the stem. Get as close to the base of the flower as possible.
I decided to decorate Dollar Store jars with my flowers.
I removed the lid and spray painted it white along with the flowers.
Once they were all dry, I used E6000 to glue the flowers on the tops of my jars. I used 3 flowers per jar.
Here is the finished jars! They add such a girly feel to my apartment and They are so sturdy. They haven't cracked or crumbled and because I spray painted them, they are extra durable.
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17 questions
  • Teresa Bourque Galtier
    on Jun 9, 2017

    Hi have you ever tried doing this project using a color added to the mixture. If so would you know of what kind of paint I could use? I love your ideas.
  • Jennifer Acker Wells
    on Jun 29, 2017

    How long does it take for plaster to dry on flowers buds
    • Ali
      on Jun 29, 2017

      It's very fast. Only a few minutes.

    • Kara S.
      on Jun 30, 2017

      I let them dry about 30 min before spray painting just to be safe
    • Jewellmartin
      on Jul 23, 2017

      And I would let the plastered roses cure a little longler, like 3-24 hours before spray paining. And if the plaster is too thin, I would dip the flowers, wait a while to see if the plaster sticks, then redip if needed and let that layer dry. If the plaster is too thick, it might fall off in petal-sized chunks. In that case, knock the roses on the inside of a trash can to get most of the thick plaster off. Then thin the plaster with a little water at a time, then redip those roses. Dry thoroughly.
      By the way, plaster is pretty cheap, but once you get a batch mixed up, you can save it for days if you have it in a plastic container with a tight lid, like a margarine tub.
      Thank you for this great tutorial in making plaster porcelain flowers. Best wishes 😇
  • Shirlee Smith
    on Jul 23, 2017

    Has anyone tried spray painting the roses with a metallic gold color?
    • Teresa
      on Jul 23, 2017

      My grandmother did, back in the late 50's, early 60's. I just took the photo, so obviously it's held up. (Sorry for the poor quality, it's hung near the ceiling). Certainly there's better quality supplies around now, give it a try!
    • Sally-Charles Evans
      on Jul 23, 2017

      Amazing! They came out very well! I think the grandkids would like making something for mom using this method.
    • Sure you can add colour to the Plaster of Paris itself, or spray paint it any colour you want.
    • Karen Travis
      on Jul 23, 2017

      There is a spray glitter for crafts. You can get it at walmart in the craft section. Comes in gold and silver and a few other colors. I use it on wedding flowers or what ever i am doing.
  • Judy
    on Jul 23, 2017

    Wonder if you could add food color or paint to make colors?
    • Nadine Hartman Bourne
      on Jul 23, 2017

      You can color it with almost anything. do small test batches before you actually dip the flowers. like if you are going for red the plaster may make it pink. if you do a test first then you will know. if you use craft paint use it as part of the water other wise it may end up being too thin a consistency if you add it later.

    • Judy
      on Jul 24, 2017

      Thank you so much Nadine .I will try it... Ocklawaha Fla
    • Don16700591
      on Jul 24, 2017

      Judy, thanks for asking that question. And Nadine for telling us what to do. I'm a beginner too. Thank you ladies
    • Carolyn
      on Jul 26, 2017

      Me too. Thanks
    • Barb in Texas
      on Aug 9, 2017

      For you beginners, I'd suggest assuming you'll never get much darker than a light pastel color, but let me know if I'm wrong. Maybe powdered Rit Dye would get you a darker color than food coloring or acrylic paint.
    • Tami Clanton
      on Aug 9, 2017

      Or you can spray paint the completed flower after the plaster of paris is dry. This way you can control the color. Kara spray painted her flowers as well as the lid she attached her flowers to so they would match. With spray paint you can use different techniques to mist just the edges of the flowers or use 2 different colors. The sky's the limit!
  • Judy
    on Jul 23, 2017

    How much water it didn't show her measuring anything which should be shown for beginners
    • Diane
      on Jul 23, 2017

      she said 2 parts plaster to one part water--2 cups plaster 1 cup water

    • Charlie
      on Jul 24, 2017

      She also said follow the directions on the packaging.

    • Mary
      on Jul 25, 2017

      Have to be like pancake batter consistency
  • Nancy Wilson
    on Jul 24, 2017

    How long does it take for the plaster of paris mixture to dry? I am doing a craft class and wonder if I should prepare the flowers ahead of time.
  • Jennet Forde
    on Sep 10, 2017

    Where are the instructions?
    • Ann Haddock Blenstroub
      on Apr 17, 2018

      The instructions are on the box of Plaster of Paris. The directions are explained in the photos and the accompanying text.

  • Melissa Crosby
    on Oct 18, 2017

    can you put some food dye in to the plaster mix

    • Ann Haddock Blenstroub
      on Apr 17, 2018

      I don’t know about food dye but you can add a little bit of craft paint to tint the plaster. Maybe a tablespoon, I wouldn’t add too much. You can easily tint it a soft pastel color.

    • Anne Mccarty
      on Apr 26, 2018

      yes, food dye will work every time you use water for an art project. Iwould however mixed it first with the water, then the colored water with the Plaster

    • Tina
      on Jun 8, 2018

      You should be able to use craft paints and paint on with a brush. I did something similar to this but I used fabric stiffener and silk flowers. Once they were dry, I spray painted them white and then painted them with craft paint to make them look more realistic. Then glued them on whatever I wanted top decorate.

    • Lisa House
      on Jul 26, 2018

      I dip mine directly into chalk paint. I also remove the stems and glue a toothpick in place so I can stand them up in styrofoam to dry. The toothpicks also make it easier to place them into a styrofoam wreath or a small vase.

  • Barb C
    on Jun 4, 2018

    Do you need to shake the excess P of P off or let it drip for a while before setting flowers down? Or place on a rack?.

    TY for your advice.

    • Janice
      on Mar 19, 2019

      The "batter" is pretty thick so it won't drip very much. You might make some holes in a piece of cardboard and let the flowers sit in the holes to dry. Just the small partial stem would fit through. Then the flowers will dry upright

  • Cheryl
    on Jun 6, 2018

    So clever. Can you add color to plaster?

  • Kay Cloninger Kirby
    on Oct 15, 2018

    Will they hold up outside I would like to do it on a wreath

  • Purplenine
    on Jan 22, 2019

    i have read all the questions and answers but i'm still confused about the drying time. i'm also doing it for a class of moms and am wondering if i should just bring the flowers "ready made"? it would definitely cut down on the mess time and clean up times and let the moms doing the projects enjoy it all faster.

    • Susan Bartenfeld
      on Mar 19, 2019

      It will take a little time for them to dry. Over night for sure! So, for your project I'd suggest you "ready Make" them for your class! You can let them paint the lids, and while the lids are drying, they can get the flowers arranged how they want, so when it's time, all they have to do is glue! Good luck and post pics!

  • Purplenine
    on Jan 22, 2019

    also can i use a glue gun instead of the epoxy?

    • Susan Bartenfeld
      on Mar 19, 2019

      you can. I find the cool glue isn't as strong as hot glue. JUST MY THOUGHT!! But, I'd suggest hot glue. And use the Gorilla glue it is my favorite hot glue!

  • Purplenine
    on Jan 22, 2019

    also how much plaster of paris do you need for 120 plus flowers?

    • Susan Bartenfeld
      on Mar 19, 2019

      I'd suggest small batches. Because it will start drying out! So, just make it as you go is my suggestion.

    • Sandy
      on May 2, 2019


  • Bmi32050820
    on Mar 19, 2019

    I bought a crochet basket in the shape of a heart with these flowers on top 25 years ago and it is still beautiful my flowers are shaded in red and pink. I have always wondered how they tinted the plaster. Do u know?

    • Src11669620
      on Mar 19, 2019

      Use a few drops of food color?

    • Colleen
      on Mar 19, 2019

      I would think you could tint with some water based paint.

    • Robyn Garner
      on Mar 20, 2019

      I would think either one would work! Try both and see.

    • Sherri
      on Mar 26, 2019

      Food cocoring

    • Tia
      on Mar 26, 2019

      I'm sure you could squirt a bit of acrylic paint in the plaster mix would work. You can get small bottles from the craft store!

    • Charlotte Kirchner-reyes
      on Mar 26, 2019

      Indigo Inks. My roommate and I have mixed them with white semi-gloss interior paint to make our own shades for walls and trim, so I'm sure you could mix a few droppers of the ink with the plaster.

    • Sarah Shaver
      on Mar 26, 2019

      I did this and used food coloring. They look like porcelain flowers. It’s been almost 10 years and they’re still holding up well.

    • Ms. Fixit
      on May 28, 2020

      use water color or thinned water based paint...don't use food is vegetable based and will fade or even mold...when you think about it, what would a plasterer use to paint his/her walls? Now you know.

    • Charise.
      on Jul 29, 2020

      Mold. how about that! ...good info. Thanks!

    • Nickie
      on Aug 29, 2020

      Maybe nail polish?

  • Betty Sutton Smith
    on May 22, 2019

    Is there a way you can home make the plaster??? And you didnt mention the total cost of the project ,since I'm on a low fixed income. I love this idea!!! Thank you for sharing they are beautiful.

    • Gail Morey
      on Jun 4, 2019

      Look on wikiHow. There's a video that shows you how to make it using flour. Hope this helps.

    • Audrey
      on May 30, 2020

      She did mention the cost on the top...

    • Charise.
      on Jul 29, 2020

      ...pretty sure she figured out the cost by now. LOL!

  • Farokh
    on Sep 8, 2019

    Can do this project with real flowers?

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  • Kathy Kovacev
    on Mar 26, 2019

    Beautiful 😍. I will be doing this one. Thanks.

  • Pat S.
    on May 31, 2020

    I would love to try this idea & being I do paint, I would try my hand at painting them also. Looking forward to doing this.

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