Mrs. Noratel
Super June 2014

Dying Sola Flowers...

Mrs. Noratel, on January 19, 2014 at 9:38 PM Posted in Do It Yourself 0 23
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So tonight we began our quest on dying our own sola flowers. Once we got the hang of it, it became pretty easy and things moved at a good pace. Tonight we did all the pinks, with the exception we have a few more sola flowers coming that will also need to be pink. Tomorrow we will do the orange ones. After everything is dry we can start assembling all of our projects. Photo is just some of the flowers we dyed tonight.

If you need to dye sola flowers..just mix acrylic paint with some water and then dip your flowers in. When you dip them, you have to do it rather quickly so the flower doesn't become too saturated and end up turning into mush.


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  • Donna
    Master June 2014
    Donna ·
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    Wow! You are brave, but they look like they turned out well. Great job!

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  • Sarah
    Master August 2014
    Sarah ·
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    Those look great!!

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  • Tiki67
    Super June 2014
    Tiki67 ·
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    AWESOME job! I was thinking about doing this, but I was afraid I'd mess it up. You did such a great job! Thanks for sharing this.

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  • OregonEmily
    Master August 2014
    OregonEmily ·
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    When I first read your title I was thinking, "how can sola flowers die if they are fake?"... I think I need to go to bed...

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  • Mrs. Noratel
    Super June 2014
    Mrs. Noratel ·
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    Thanks ladies! I was super nervous too so I'm very glad they turned out so well. I dipped as much as the flower I could and then I covered up the other area's that were still the natural cream color with a small craft brush. Once they are also wet from the paint, if any were kind of deformed in packaging..you can kind of remold them to how they are supposed to look! So don't fret over if they look like they were pinched together.

    @ Emily - Haha yes I think you needed to go to bed after that! Smiley smile

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  • N
    Just Said Yes August 2014
    Natasha ·
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    It looks great!! I'm about to start coloring or at least look into it. How runny or thick was your color after you added water to it? was it deep bowl of the color so you can get most of the flower in there? any other pointers? i'm terrified of not being able to do it, but also not willing to shell out over $1k on flowers..haha

    thank you in advance! Smiley smile

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  • Mrs. Noratel
    Super June 2014
    Mrs. Noratel ·
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    Natasha- Thanks! Once I added the paint to the water (the whole 2 oz. bottle), it was mostly runny. For the bowl, I just used a wider plastic container that was about 5 or so inches deep. I filled most of that container up, but it also really depends how light or dark you want the color to be as well. Wear gloves when dying, since you will QUICKLY submerge the flower. It literally has to be a quick 2-3 seconds or else the flower will become too moist and become mush since it's a very thin/light weight wood. At this time if any of the petals are smashed in at all, you can usually carefully "fluff" them back out..except the ones with wire. I also used a small craft paint brush to get into the areas that the mixture may not of hit. This happened with some of the inner parts of the roses. I then just let them dry on papertowels and it took several hours. During the drying process, I flipped them to the opposite side, and also replaced the papertowel once they were not as soaked..otherwise they will be sitting on a wet papertowel and take even longer to dry. They may become harder once dry and not as soft as in the beginning, just fyi. Good luck! Any other questions, please ask.

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  • Be You Tifful
    Super July 2014
    Be You Tifful ·
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    Hi Did you put together any bouqets yet? I ordered my flowers I will dying them as well. i did a test run with a craft spray paint that provided a good coverage. I will be trying a paint mixture for a few other colors. i did notice the paint changed the texture. Do you have any more pictures?

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  • Mrs. Noratel
    Super June 2014
    Mrs. Noratel ·
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    I didn't make my bouquets, bouts, or corsages. I actually found an amazing lady on Etsy who was very reasonably priced and completely designed my stuff myself..she just assembled it. It was worth it! The sola flowers I purchased/dyed were used for some DIY projects such as centerpieces and pomanders ("kissing balls") for the aisle. I will post both the links to those threads below. I will need to eventually take photos of my bouquet, bouts, and corsages we ordered.

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  • Mrs. Noratel
    Super June 2014
    Mrs. Noratel ·
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    My centerpieces (they are "almost" complete. I'm adding a little more to them):

    https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/weekend-diy-project-pic/ae14275866e944de.html

    These are my pomanders used for the aisle on mini shepherd hooks: https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/diy-sola-pomanders-pic/b6c745d86a709da7.html

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  • Mrs. Noratel
    Super June 2014
    Mrs. Noratel ·
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    This is my amazing bouquet: https://img1.etsystatic.com/028/0/40044447/icm_fullxfull.37083727_eqx0v2i9f808g4ko84gg.jpg

    And another:

    https://img0.etsystatic.com/019/0/40044447/icm_fullxfull.37073460_dfl87ridsqo0og0s84k8.jpg

    Mine and my bridesmaids:

    https://img0.etsystatic.com/018/0/40044447/icm_fullxfull.37073458_rb6xx9isji84k4c000ck.jpg

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  • Brittany
    Just Said Yes June 2015
    Brittany ·
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    About you many flowers were in your bouquet and in your bridesmaids bouquets? I'm definitely going the sola route but I'm trying to figure out how many I need Smiley smile

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  • Mrs. Noratel
    Super June 2014
    Mrs. Noratel ·
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    I don't know the exact number since I never really counted because a lady on Etsy made the bouquets. I have two links above to some pictures of my bouquet and my bridesmaids. It didn't work as an actual link so you'll have to copy and paste it in your browser, but it'll take you to the photos and from there you can roughly count based off the view and then look at the other photos for a different angle. But it also depends on what kind of sola flower you use. Some take up more room and there's all sorts of different size ones when purchasing.

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  • Be You Tifful
    Super July 2014
    Be You Tifful ·
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    Thanks for sharing! Im so excited about mine. They are coming in on friday! My weekend DIY!

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  • Mrs. Noratel
    Super June 2014
    Mrs. Noratel ·
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    Your welcome! Good luck! DIY's can be a lot of fun. I've got plenty on my plate still.

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  • Be You Tifful
    Super July 2014
    Be You Tifful ·
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    Hi! So i finished my bouquet THANKS for the tips!!

    https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/my-sola-flower-bouquet-my-labor-of-love-come-take-peek/44774769f9b4c4f8.html

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  • Jessica
    Just Said Yes July 2015
    Jessica ·
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    Can I ask where some of you have bought your sola flowers, I presume in bulk? What is a reasonable price for these individually or in larger quantities?

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  • S
    Just Said Yes October 2015
    Stephanie ·
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    I haven't purchased any yet, but I found some pretty decent prices here:

    http://www.save-on-crafts.com/tapiocaflowers.html

    Also, Amazon seems to be an easy option.

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  • Kim
    Savvy October 2015
    Kim ·
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    Can you make them deep colors has anyone tried to do deep reds

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  • Mrs. Noratel
    Super June 2014
    Mrs. Noratel ·
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    Kim - You can do deep colors. You just add more paint to the water. The less paint you add, the lighter the color. The more you add, the more vibrant/darker your result will be. Just don't use a lot of water, but use enough to make a nice consistency. I have not done red, but I did do fuchsia. In the picture I have posted in the beginning, the flowers don't seem as dark, but in person they are much more vibrant. Red should not be an issue. You just have to experiment. And do not "dunk" the flowers more than once as they will become mushy or become too hard when drying. They are very thin so they absorb quickly.

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