Can You Spray Paint Fake Flowers? Yes! Here’s How To Do It

If you have ever purchased fake artificial flowers, then you know that these decor items come in various colors.

What if you want to paint your fake flowers so that they have new, unrealistic, imaginative color patterns or so they appear vibrant again after years of use and sun fading?

Can you spray paint fake flowers? Yes, you can. Our guide will show you how to spray paint fake artificial flowers at home.

Can You Spray Paint Artificial Flowers?

Fake Flower Bouquet

Spray paint is one of the easiest ways to completely transform a home decor project. Spray paint is a simple way to cover the surface area of your object quickly without needing to painstakingly apply hundreds of brushstrokes. 

It also tends to apply more evenly and cleanly, which is a bonus for art projects where you do not want to see brushstrokes or uneven paint layers.

Can you spray paint silk flowers? You can spray paint silk flowers, plastic flowers, and polyester flowers. You can use spray paint to add color to your flowers, to make fading colors more vibrant, or add creative touches such as dots, stripes, or shapes.

Spray painting your artificial flowers gives you the option to update your home without buying entirely new flowers. You can also update your artificial plants with spray paint.

In order to have a successful project with spray painting your artificial flowers, it is important to choose high-quality paint.

If your flowers are very thin and delicate, it is important to choose floral spray paint made specifically for projects like this.

We recommend Design Master Spray Paint because it is a brand that has been developed particularly for decorative projects [1].

However, if you have thicker or sturdier artificial flowers, standard spray paint will still work well.

Another key to a successful project is choosing the right colors. We recommend viewing images of the spray paint color online to determine whether or not the final project will match the color that you want.

Sometimes a spray paint color on the can will dry lighter or darker. You will be able to choose the best option if you look at final projects from others who have done it.

How To Spray Paint Fake Flowers?
(Easy Steps For Silk Flowers)

Many people think of dyeing silk flowers, but you can also spray paint silk artificial flowers. If you want to spray paint fake silk flowers, follow these steps.

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    First, make sure you choose a delicate spray paint designed specifically for decorative projects. We recommend Design Master Spray Paint. Silk flowers are particularly delicate, and lighter decorative spray paint will adhere better to the silk material.
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    Second, choose your color(s). It can help to look at photos of flowers that you want to emulate. If you want to simply make your flowers "pop," then we recommend choosing a base color similar to its existing color and then choosing an accent color that is slightly lighter and has a slight shine to it.
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    Next, you want to prep the flowers. For best results, we recommend cleaning the flowers with a damp cloth and letting them dry. You don’t want dust or debris to hinder the paint’s ability to stick or to get permanently attached to the flower petals as the paint dries. Be gentle as you wash; silk flowers are notoriously fragile and prone to rips or tears.

Tip: When you spray paint your flowers, you will inevitably get spray paint everywhere. If you want stems, leaves, or particular petals to not end up painted, then you will need to use painter’s tape to cover them. Take your time wrapping any areas that you do not want to be painted up in painter’s tape.

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    Now it’s time to spray paint! Take a poster board, cardboard piece, or another type of board and set your flowers down on top of this material. Begin slowly spray painting the flowers in light coats. Let the flowers dry in between each coat. We recommend a solid 20 minutes of drying time before a second coat (this is true even for rotating and flipping the flowers as you are painting).
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    Many people enjoy adding an accent color to their flowers. If you want to do this, the accent color should come at the end and should have a bit of glitz or sparkle to it. We recommend spraying in small doses with random pieces to create the accent look.
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    Finally, allow your flowers to dry completely. You can leave them outside or inside but give them a full four to five hours. When they are completely dry, it’s time to put them back into their vase!
Fake Rose Decoration

How To Keep Painted Artificial Flowers From Fading (Tips & Tricks)

As you paint your artificial flowers, you will want to consider how to ensure that your painted artificial flowers will not fade [2].

Our tips and tricks will help you keep your flowers in beautiful, pristine condition long after they are painted.

One trick to preserve your fake artificial flowers is to use a sealant after you are finished painting. This is a more difficult task and may be hard for beginners to do, but if you plan to keep your flowers for 10+ years, then this is the best way to preserve your paint job.

Start by taking Mod Podge gloss and adding 1 part water to 3 parts gloss. Mix this in a small bowl and gently apply with a paintbrush to your flowers or dip your flowers into the dish. Let the flowers dry.

Another trick is to use a high-quality UV spray to protect your flowers from the sun. Silk flowers, in particular, are prone to fading; if you place them in a sunlit area, you may find that they fade over time. A UV spray will protect your flowers from early fading.

Our final trick is to make sure you use hand painting for any intricate details.

For example, if you are painting a flower that you want to have a deep plum base but soft yellow dots, make sure that the deep plum is the spray paint and that you purchase soft yellow acrylic paint so you can hand paint the dots. 

When using acrylic paint, make sure that you dilute the paint with a bit of water to get the best result.

Fake Magnolia Flower

Painting Fake Artificial Flowers FAQs

How long does it take for paint to dry on artificial flowers?

It takes approximately 15-20 minutes for the paint to dry on artificial flowers before they can be flipped over and the other side can be painted.

That side will also take another 15-20 minutes to dry. This means it will take roughly 30-40 minutes to completely dry after painting both sides of your artificial flowers before you can apply a second coat.

Can you spray paint real flowers?

Yes, you can spray paint real flowers. Real flowers will not last as long as artificial flowers simply because they will eventually degrade and wilt. However, you can spray paint real flowers and create new decor looks in your home.

Can you spray paint fake plants?

Yes, you can spray paint fake plants. Fake plants are made of similar materials and resemble fake flowers in many ways. Painting artificial plants can help add luster to fading paint or can create an entirely new aesthetic.

Can you spray artificial flowers with hairspray or acrylic paint?

You can use hairspray to spray artificial flowers in order to keep them in position within a vase or other decorative container. However, hairspray will not change the color of your flowers.

You can also use acrylic paint to paint your flowers as long as the artificial material is receptive to paint. For example, silk artificial flowers are difficult to paint with acrylic paint, and spray paint tends to “stick” better to the flower.


Spray painting your fake artificial flowers can give you a new look for your home and revitalize your home decor flowers.

Spray paint works well because it adheres to artificial flowers easily and lasts for a long time (up to 10 years!) 

Experiment with colors and patterns to create flowers that are truly memorable for your home.