Spraying Hydrangea

kathleen_liSeptember 22, 2007

A few years ago I made 12 centerpieces for my gsons Christening. As it was the week before Christmas, I used hydrangea from my garden I had cut and saved, sprayed them gold, evergreens, pine cones, white flowers and baby's breath. I didn't have a digi cam then, so no pics.

Here are some I just sprayed gold for an arrangement I am making for a dinner party next Sat. You will have to tune in the end of the week to see the finished product, lol.

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magothyrivergirl

BEAUTIFUL!!!! I have many , despite the drought - they lost their color early, but are just starting to dry. At what point do you spray paint for Christmas, and what kind of paint do you use? I will be back to see the finished arrangement!
I also just saw your wreath - gorgeous! Someone mentioned it, so I found the thread. Are the stems in water, or foam?
Very, very pretty. I just found this particular forum - so much at GW! I can't keep up!
Thanks!

    Bookmark   September 22, 2007 at 4:23PM
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kathleen_li

Mag, just regular gold spray paint from Michaels. The wreath is just pinned in to a ribbon covered straw wreath.
I don't know what part of the country you are from, but you can cut them now and spray, or cut them and keep them in a cool dark place, I used my garage, until you are ready to gold or silver them.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2007 at 4:33PM
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Patricia43

There was once upon a time a spray that Michael's had that was just gold glitter, which I have used on my hydrangeas and really liked it for Christmas time.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2007 at 9:53PM
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kathleen_li

Patricia, I will have to look for that for the ones I do for Christmas. This is for a 50th Wedding Anniversary, and I want to mix fresh flowers with them.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2007 at 10:08PM
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Purplemoon

These are just gorgeous, Kathleen. Love them. Obviously they don't grow in Phoenix, and wouldn't live with my black thumb anyway. Thank goodness for the better looking silk ones now or I'd not have have ANY of my very favorite flower.

hugs, Karen

    Bookmark   September 23, 2007 at 12:04AM
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kathleen_li

The finished product...

    Bookmark   October 3, 2007 at 11:08AM
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luvstocraft

Kathleen, that is such a great way to use and enjoy your flowers longer. Not only do you get to enjoy the pretty colors in your yard, but then you get to enjoy them in pretty arrangements after they are picked and dried. Mine did not do very well, just got so terribly hot this summer. I think I've lost one plant, but the other one is still blooming. I'm thinking that I will transplant it to a slightly more shaded area so it will be a little more protected from the heat next summer.

Mag, you are so right, Gardenweb has so many forums, but it is so fun to see what everyone is doing. Glad you are joining us here at Holidays, and hope you will join right in and start posting your pics and ideas too.

Luvs

    Bookmark   October 3, 2007 at 11:36AM
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chijim

Many years ago Matha Stewart did some elaborate Christmas decorations using gold paint - Her sister called it "Martha's gilt trip"

So now we have "Kathleen's gilt trip" LOL...

Looking forward to seeing the results.

Jim

    Bookmark   October 3, 2007 at 12:44PM
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Patricia43

Kathleen , it's very elegant and you did a great job!

    Bookmark   October 3, 2007 at 1:32PM
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kathleen_li

Jim, my gilt trip, lol ,is over , that is the final product. Of course I am saving the gold hyd and may try spraying some black for a black and gold Halloween centerpiece!

    Bookmark   October 3, 2007 at 1:53PM
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chijim

My bad!!!LOL... I got confused, I saw the post when you opened it w/your gold intentions and fast forwarded to post missing your lovely arrangement in the middle.

Jim

Now I'm on a guilt trip. LOL...

    Bookmark   October 3, 2007 at 7:30PM
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kathleen_li

Watch out, here I come with the spray paint!!LOL

    Bookmark   October 3, 2007 at 7:34PM
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chijim

"Watch out, here I come with the spray paint!!LOL"

Okay Goldfinger! ;)

    Bookmark   October 4, 2007 at 12:56PM
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kathleen_li

OMG! I read about some star who was covered with goldish stuff, and they had to take it off...she couldn't breathe. I had it all over my nails when I sprayed the flowers, ran in and scrubbed it off so I wouldn't die, LOL

    Bookmark   October 4, 2007 at 9:02PM
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luvstocraft

Kathleen, that was an actress during the making of the James Bond "Goldfinger" movie I think. Jim, is your picture above from that movie? LOL

    Bookmark   October 4, 2007 at 9:38PM
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magothyrivergirl

Beautiful arrangement, Kathleen - I am going to spray mine & use for Christmas. I will wear gloves - thanks for the warning.
Love the gold lady!

    Bookmark   October 5, 2007 at 11:22AM
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chijim

Luvs - Yes it is!
Kathleen - you should have left it on your fingers, then you would have had...the golden touch! LOL...

Jim

    Bookmark   October 5, 2007 at 12:42PM
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