Lauren
Devoted May 2019

Sola Flowers

Lauren, on January 7, 2019 at 12:26 PM Posted in Do It Yourself 1 20
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So, I just started dying my Sola flowers. I'm not terribly worried, but just want to ask others who have dyed Sola's...
Is it normal for the first coat to look splotchy? (Pics to see what I mean)
I'm hoping a second dip will make the color more even..
I used the Apple Barrel (I think that's what its called) brand acrylic paint from Walmart and warm water. Dipped for less than 3 second and fluffed a bit.
How long should I wait to re-dip? I hear they won't be completely dry for a few days...

Any tips or suggestions on dying Sola's are appreciated! I will be using these for my bouquet, FH boutonniere, the arch, and a few scattered on tables. Smiley laugh

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  • Lauren
    Devoted May 2019
    Lauren
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    Oops, forgot to add the pictures. 馃ぃ

    Sola Flowers 1

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  • Allie
    Expert April 2019
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    I can鈥檛 help but i wanted to say this color is beautiful.
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  • Lauren
    Devoted May 2019
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    Thanks! I ended up re-dipping (they were dry enough that I wasnt getting paint on my hands).... here is after the second dip.
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  • Lauren
    Devoted May 2019
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    It wont let me add a photo! Smiley sad they do look more evenly coated! Some may have to go for a third dip, but I'm waiting til tomorrow for that.
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  • Bailey
    Super March 2019
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    I see your update on the second coat, and came to say the same thing. They do even out after the second coat.

    As a warning though, make sure you keep them out and drying for at least a week even though you think it will be dry. I didn鈥檛 and from July when I dipped them until my shower in November they got moldy! I ended up Clorox bleaching the ones that I could save, but had to throw out a bunch.
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  • Lauren
    Devoted May 2019
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    Oh jeez! Thank you for the warning! I'll probably just keep them out til the big day! Haha.
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  • Lauren
    Devoted May 2019
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    Finally its letting me post pictures. (Had to restart my phone)

    This is after the second coat. Some of them are just not wanting to even out. :/ but I'll keep re-dipping til I get it! Hopefully they will be colored correctly by the end of the week!

    Honestly, I was hoping to have them dyed and the bouquet put together before my spring semester starts..but doesnt look like thats happening. Smiley sad

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  • Lauren
    Devoted May 2019
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    Also, I was trying to match the ribbon color the best I could, but the flowers are definitely darker (I know they will lighten some once they are dry)...but do you all think the darker flowers and lighter ribbon will be okay? I wanted all royal blue.. but daughters dress will be royal blue like the ribbon, my FH and our sons ties will be royal blue as well. And royal blue flower petals will be thrown.

    I assume all those wont be a perfect match since they are being bought from different places, so maybe the darker flowers wont be an issue. And I am overthinking it? Lol...
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  • Destiny
    Rockstar May 2020
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    Can i just ask where u got the flowers at? Theyre so pretty i love that color blue!
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  • Lauren
    Devoted May 2019
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    Sure! LuvSolaFlowers.com

    They've run a couple good deals within the last 3 months, so you could wait and get them on sale. I got 2 100 piece assortment bags for for $72. Smiley laugh

    Thanks about the color. They do look more royal blue (like the ribbon) after they dried some.
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  • L
    Just Said Yes June 2019
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    I just wanted to say that those flowers are beautiful! I have been trying to find a pretty wooden flower as alternatives to the silk flowers or the costly and short-lived fresh flowers. It never occurred to me that we could dye them to match our color scheme (which will be turquoise and chocolate). Thank you for posting this! Do you just put the acrylic paint in the warm water and dip the whole flower in?

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  • Lauren
    Devoted May 2019
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    Yes, it's that simple! Theres tons of youtube videos on what to do. I filled a deeper glass container 3/4 way with water, then added the paint. (You dont need a whole lot of paint to make a good dye! I havent even used a whole 2oz bottle yet and I dyed 50 flowers two times.)
    Then you dunk your flower in, but don't keep it submerged for more than 3 seconds! Otherwise it will turn to mush. While the sola is wet, you can fluff it (sometimes during shipping they get a bit smushed. So just spread out the petals to your liking.)
    And the paint is just cheap acrylic paint from Walmart! You can mix colors to your liking for find a specific color that already matches. They didnt have royal blue so I just took admiral blue and added a hit of light blue. Smiley smile
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  • Lauren
    Devoted May 2019
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    So, after my flowers dried completely, they don't look splotchy at all! And the color is spot on to the ribbon! FH says the only thing missing is that shiny look of the ribbon, other than that they are a perfect match. Which is exactly what I was going for!
    So today, I have started stemming the flowers for my bouquet! Smiley laugh I won't actually put it together until Thursday or Friday (my greenery hasnt come in yet, and I'm going to let the blue flowers have more time to fully dry).

    BUT here are some of the flowers i an using. Now you can see a bit of what I am going for. There will only be 7 blue, 10 skin-on (the brown ones), and 13 raw (the ivory ones). I only wanted the blue for a pop of color. Smiley laugh
    The rest of the blues will be used on my arch and tables.
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  • Lauren
    Devoted May 2019
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    Sorry for all the typos in my last comment. 馃ぃ馃槀 Typing too fast!

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  • Keira
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    This Is so beautiful! I would have messed them up so badly lol


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  • Lauren
    Devoted May 2019
    Lauren
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    All my bouquet flowers, stemmed, dyed, and ready to go! Woooo!!

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  • Lauren
    Devoted May 2019
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    Oh thank you! I'm sure you wouldnt have! It is so simple. Smiley tongue
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  • Lauren
    Devoted May 2019
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    You said to keep them out at least a week, do you think I could still make my bouquet before then? And just let the bouquet sit out? Or would the flowers being smushed together a bit cause them to not dry and get moldy? I want to make my bouquet! Lol
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  • Bailey
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    Honestly, I am not sure. I haven't made a bouquet with mine yet... and I'm having a professional make it for me. Personally, I would probably wait, just because I have experienced the mold and I wouldn't want to take my bouquet apart to deal with it near the wedding!

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  • Lauren
    Devoted May 2019
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    Darn. You're right tho. It's going to be so hard to be patient about it tho!! I wanted to get it done before classes start back next week, but that's not gunna happen. Smiley tongue
    I guess I'll just stick to stemming for now. Smiley laugh
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