Can you spray paint vegetation for decor?


I was considering using dried weeds for a project. Can I spray paint them and if so, would they last? Would I first spray a lacquer and then spray paint?


Kiply Clair

q can you spray paint vegetation for decor
q can you spray paint vegetation for decor
  11 answers
  • Janice Janice on Nov 21, 2018

    Yes you can. Either spray the color or the clear, doesn't really matter. The paint will help to preserve the vegetation but it will eventually probably dry and begin to disintegrate but it will be a great experiment and in the meantime you've found some cheap decor! Win-win!

  • Sure, why not? Will they last, maybe through the holiday season, but my guess is that they would get brittle and possibly break. I would certainly give it a go, you have nothing to lose by trying. You might start a new trend! I know seed pods last if lacquered. 🌿

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Nov 21, 2018

    hair spray superhold I use to use it to preserve dried fall arrangements cattails,reeds,milkweed pods

  • Chriss Grijak Chriss Grijak on Nov 22, 2018

    Krylon spray paint is great for painting vegetation! Comes in many colors and is available at Walmart and Home Depot! I just painted birch branches silver and they look amazing! (Also painted a pumpkin red for a gum ball machine for Halloween and it won first prize!). Good luck!

  • Delle Delle on Nov 22, 2018

    Sure. It might even last for years. I've seen milkweed painted silver that lasted quite a while. Gold can be great, too. I've even seen dried roses spray painted. Have fun with it, and if it starts looking shabby, get some new plants and a different color paint, just for variety.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Nov 22, 2018

    My mom used hairspray on cattails all the time and they lasted quite a while. She always had a can of super hold in the basement just for using on dried things she collected and cattails. When she was on a gold kick, she spray painted her dried weeds gold to mix in with other natural ones she used the hairspray on.

  • Linda H Linda H on Nov 22, 2018

    I used hairspray on bull rushes and they lasted years without falling apart.

  • Susan Puryear Susan Puryear on Nov 22, 2018

    My Mom spray painted the balls from a Sweet Gum tree silver and used them to make Christmas ornaments in 1953. I often wish I had access to a Sweet Gum tree today so that I could do the same.

  • DB DB on Nov 22, 2018

    Yes! I've used hairspray and then paint as a highlight, Depending on the item they can last a very long time. Seed pods and things that are woody last longest, Stuff that is brittle or soft not so much. I love using the seed heads of teasel (last forever!) I often do arrangements that are mixed dry items , fresh evergreens &/or bittersweet, nave fun!!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 23, 2018

    I have used hairspray on dried plants for years, the only other thing I can add to the other creative Hometalkers is be sure there are no hiding bugs on your plants.

  • Kiply Prescott Clair Kiply Prescott Clair on Nov 23, 2018

    Thank you, everyone!!

    • Patt Patt on Nov 24, 2018

      I have done this for years!!! My favorite is to spray paint Allium...

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