How to color Sola wood flowers with acrylic paint (2023)

I love everything to do with wood and when I discovered Sola Wood Flowers a few years ago I fell in love with it right away. They're beautiful, eco-friendly, durable and surprisingly lifelike, but perhaps the most interesting feature of Sola flowers is their ability to take on any color in any medium.

Midnight rose, red hydrangea, royal blue peony? No problems. Sola wood flowers allow us to create arrangements in any color imaginable. Just give me some Sola flowers, a bottle of dye, and with the right method, we can get almost any color, even those that don't occur in nature.

I will be sharing tutorial posts on how to color flowers using different mediums and techniques, from easy to intermediate to advanced. In my first dyeing tutorial, I show you how to dye flowers using the most common and possibly most popular method, acrylic dip dyeing.

Needed craft supplies

  • Raw wood flower sole
  • Container
  • Warm water
  • Acrylic paint or flower paint
  • Fork/spoon or toothpick
  • Tray or stand for drying flowers in one color
  • parchment paper or paper towels
  • fabric softener alone

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Step by step instructions for coloring Sola wood flowers

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Step 1: Mix Sola Wood Flower Softener and water

First, I paint my wooden flowers myself using basic acrylic paint or craft paint. However, if smeared with just paint and water, the flowers will always be brittle and easily fall off. I have found that adding plasticizers only during the staining process makes the wood soft and pliable once the grain dries.

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I like to make a 1:10 mixture of fabric softener with water only. This mixture basically ensures that the sprouts are soft and mushy after drying. So I boil my water, add fabric softener while it's hot, let it cool a bit, and then move on to the next step.

There's more to learn about this procedure, so I've written aComplete guide on how to use Sola wood softener🇧🇷 See the tutorial for more information.

Step 2: Prepare the color and water/softener base

First, let's get our fabric softener and water bowl that we mixed earlier. Be sure to use a container large enough to fully accommodate each flower. I prefer a glass bowl because I can easily check if the color pigments are settling to the bottom, a ceramic cereal bowl or similar works well.

I make sure to shake the bottle of craft paint before putting it in the water. I've used chopsticks, stirring sticks, spoons and forks to stir the mixture and have found the ever-reliable kitchen spoon or fork to be most efficient. Color pigments can sink in the container, so it's always best to shake it very well to get maximum color saturation.

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When it comes to mixing paint, there is no exact ratio that works best. Ideally however, I usually start with a 1:2 ratio, dye to water, when dyeing my individual wood flowers. From here, I can always make adjustments based on how rich or soft I want the color saturation to be.

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When starting your own coloring projects, I recommend experimenting and always testing a flower to see if it's the right shade you need. Use less water for a deeper or darker color and add more water for a lighter color until the desired result is achieved. I love that with just water I can create a kaleidoscope of colors from which tomore subtleto the brightest tones.

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Step 3: Dip dye individual wood flowers

Now that our color mix is ​​ready, we can color our beautiful raw flowers. This phase of the coloring process is the most fun and without a doubt my favorite part.

I start by carefully selecting a set of raw Sola flowers to color. In a batch of flowers, some were flat during transportation or shipping, but don't worry, we can easily shape them after wetting them with paint.

I do the coloring in two ways and I usually dip one flower at a time. For thistle flowers like daisies or frilly flowers like peonies, I insert a toothpick into the base and dip it into the dye bath, swirling it gently but quickly to make sure it doesn't pick up too much dye. This minimizes edge rolling.

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For the rest of the flowers, I like to dip them whole. Holding the flower by the base, I carefully dip it into the color mix, turning and turning to avoid leaving gaps or crevices between the petals. I still miss the blank spots every now and then and have to re-dip the flowers to make sure each side is stained evenly.

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At this point, the wood flower alone has become softer and more flexible. Now it's easier to model the flat ones. I slightly open the petals and fluff to fully open the buds.

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At this stage, I also refine the color mix if necessary. If the saturation looks too light, I add a drop of fresh paint and dip the woodflowers back into the mix. If the paint looks a little too thick, I need to add more water to thin the mixture.

Tips to make flower coloring more fruitful and fun

  • If you're looking for a very specific paint, keep an eye on your measurements. Note the amount of paint and water needed to achieve that particular shade. It will be easier to recreate the color for your future craft projects.
  • During the soaking process, stir the mixture every 3-5 flowers. Dye can settle on the base and affect the saturation level of the solution. This can make the color a little paler.

Step 4: Dry the wood flowers by themselves

As soon as I lift the dyed flower from the container, I let some dye drip for a few seconds, then carefully place it on a rack in a tray.

Depending on how many flowers I paint, I use different drying materials. For small batches, I usually lay them out to dry on a paper towel or parchment lined baking sheet, or I stick the stems directly into a floral foam box. I also like to use egg cartons, especially for domed and curly flowers so they don't fall apart when drying. For large batches, I recommend large stackable wire shelves or giant paper-lined trays.

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I let most flowers dry for at least 24 hours. Larger flowers can vary in drying time, so I'm keeping them on the shelves a little longer. When they look dry, I take them off the shelves and store or prepare them for cooking.

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Painted flowers not only look beautiful, but are also soft and pliable. They don't chip or crumble easily. If I need to ship them across the country, I'm sure they'll withstand the harsh shipping conditions and not have to worry about squashing.

Tips to make drying flowers easier and more fun

  • When lining up the flowers to dry, be sure to leave plenty of space between the flowers. Flowers can stick together if the shelf is too crowded.
  • If this is your first time painting flowers yourself, waiting 24 hours or more for the flowers to dry can be tedious, so let's make it worth your while. Make a list of the flowers and note the drying time for each one. Use it as a guide to maximize painting time for a future floral arrangement project.

Step 5: Handmade flowers with Sola Wood

Now that our painted flowers are completely dry, we can start sculpting them. My favorite things to do are wedding decorations, from bridal bouquets, entourage bouquets, centerpieces and aisle arrangements.

One tip I'd like to share is to paint more than is necessary for a current project. That way, you'll have plenty of extra flowers to work with when you need to create an urgent wedding bouquet, surprise floral arrangement, centerpiece, or basically any other craft project.

Therefore, I store leftover flowers in a warm, airy place, making sure they are protected from direct heat and moisture. With proper storage, colors will stay vibrant and beautiful for a long time.

I hope you had as much fun reading this tutorial as I enjoyed writing it. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or need more advice on your color journey. If there are any other tutorial topics you'd like me to write about next, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

You can also watch our video tutorial onHow to color wooden flowers with acrylic paint only.Subscribe for more interesting content.

Good crafting!


common questions

what paint do you usesingle flowers?

We use our own acrylic/latex paint mix, but you can use any brand. You can also use other means to color the flowers, including but not limited to craft paint, watercolor, spray paint, and food coloring.

How long do dyed flowers last?

Dyed flowers can last over ten years and possibly forever if cared for. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause flowers to wilt more quickly, and frequent exposure to moisture can encourage fungal growth.

How do I stop the flowers from unfurling after I dye them?

Frilly flowers, like peonies, can unravel if left in the mix too long. The trick is to soak the stain very quickly and shake it off as soon as you get it out of the paint. Minimize frizz by drying them flower side down in egg cartons or paper cups. You can also spray paint them instead of dipping them in a paint bath.

Should I color the flowers before I cut them or after?

Excess dye will run as it dries and can stain the stems if left upright to dye. It is recommended to only color the flower heads before adding the stems.

Can I recolor the flowers?

You can fix a faded flower by re-dyeing it the same shade or using a completely different color. However, be aware that the primer can affect your top coat. When the paint dries, the petals are no longer porous, so a fresh coat of paint will no longer fully cover the original color. Interestingly, re-dyeing gives a beautiful ombre shade.

Does the paint solidify when it dries?

Yes, they are permanently fixed after drying. We tried soaking dyed flowers in water for a few minutes and the colors held up quite well. The flowers didn't bleed and the water came out clear.

Can I use dyed flowers on my wedding cake?

Yes, dyed flowers are safe to use in cakes. Just be sure to wrap the bottom of the flowers with wax paper or aluminum foil. Use a clean toothpick for the stems and stick them directly into the cake. You can also use food coloring to color the flowers if you have reservations.

Can I use fabric softener alone after dyeing my flowers?

Ideally, the softener is applied before staining or mixed with the paint. However, you can still apply it to dyed flowers by spraying the water softener mixture on the flowers or soaking them in the water softener solution.

What is the ideal water temperature for dyeing flowers?

Whether you use warm or cold water depends on the color output you want. If you want a more opaque or opaque tone, use cold water. Use warm if you want a more vibrant tone.

Can I reuse the ink?

Yes, you can reuse leftover paint from previous projects as long as it hasn't gone bad. Throw away the paint if it smells bad or is rancid.

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