How to Paint Hydrangeas

Paint hydrangeas to preserve a piece of summer.

Materials Needed:

      • Dried Hydrangeas
      • Rust-Oleum Metallic Brilliant Metal Finish in Antique Brass Metallic {7274}
        • This can be found at Home Depot, which is where I purchased mine.  I have seriously searched every craft store around for a lovely rich deep bronze color, to which I could not find.  Most of them appear pretty orangey.  I wanted more of an espresso chocolate brown.  If you are wanting the espresso richness, this one is the one you want.
      • Krylon UV-Resistant Clear Acrylic Coating (Optional)
      • Binder Clips


  1. Use binder clips to hang hydrangeas upside down in area prepped to painting.
  2. Shake can of spray paint WELL.  Direction on can say 2 minutes – I’m sure this is to evenly distribute the beautiful metallic throughout the paint.
  3. Holding can of spray paint 8-10 inches away from flower, use constant even strokes to apply the first thin layer of paint.
  4. Allow to dry 10 minutes.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 from various different angles until satisfied with coloration of hydrangea.
  6. Holding can of top coat 8-10 inches away from hydrangea, lightly coat flower with sealer.
  7. Allow to dry 10-15 minutes.
  8. Continue steps 7 and 8 several times from various different angles until hydrangea has been evenly sealed by top coat.


Now you have preserved a piece of summer through the power of spray paint. :)


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