Weekend DIY Project: Spray Paint Silhouette Botanical Art

Spray paint silhouette botanical art

Spray paint silhouette botanical art. How-to and photo source: pinme.ru

With the kidlettes now home for summer, simple and inexpensive projects are always in demand. With this fun “get-your-hands-dirty-with-paint” how-to, you (and your kids) will also discover and bring into your home a bit of nature. There’s a good chance you may already have most of these supplies on hand, so let’s check the list and have a go!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • paper (typing, card stock, or anything you have handy)
  • craft and spray (choose any colors you wish!)
  • brush (one to cover the page, the other for smearing and/or detail work)
  • dish for paint
  • leaves (any type will do…you can even use grasses or flowers or anything that’ll lay flat)
  • spray on adhesive (here’s an example by Elmer’s)
  • Mounting board or frame

Here’s what you do:

Important prep work: if you’d like, have the kids hunt around the backyard or neighborhood for leaves, flowers or anything they want to use as a silhouette. For best results, place your leaves between two pieces of paper, then flatten between two heavy books. This could take a good day or two (or more, depending on the type of leaves you choose).

  1. On a protected work area, paint the entire sheet of paper with your desired color. Let dry.
  2. Using the adhesive glue, spray the back of the leaves or flower to simply tack onto the painted surface. Make sure edges are pressed down cleanly to insure next paint layer won’t seep under.
  3. Spray paint the entire surface and over the leaves/flower to cover. Be sure to spray lightly from left to right and from approximately 1-2 feet away. This will create a smooth and non-drippy result.
  4. Carefully peel away leaves/flower/item. Optional: if desired, you can now take your detail brush and smear the new paint over the original layer for a more artistic look. Or, you can add an additional color for shadowing or detailing.
  5. Once painting is fully dry, mount onto a board or frame to finish.

Skaie Knox

Written by Skaie Knox

Decor/Design/Repurposing nerd and DIYer, freelance writer, and the editor-in-chief for HomeJelly. Skaie is also a signed and published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). She was voted "Class Clown", and is a rescue dogs crusader.


  1. lea steele on September 18, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I am moving from a home that holds many memories, so I am going to do this with leaves from some of my favorite trees in the yard. Perfect.

    • Skaie Knox on September 19, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      What a fantastic idea, Lea! Please send photos so we can share with our readers! Good luck on your move!

  2. Molly on July 28, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Could canvas be substituted for card stock? And would you need a specific kind of paint for the canvas?

    • Skaie Knox on July 31, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Hi Molly! Yes! Canvas can absolutely be used in place of card stock…and you can use the same kind of paint! Good luck and thanks for visiting us!

  3. Kathleen Wise on September 5, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I love this idea”
    ! I paint, but sometimes need to think outside the box,
    Thanks for the lesson!

    • Skaie Knox on September 12, 2014 at 12:34 am

      Thanks Kathleen! Isn’t inspiration so inspiring? Thanks for stopping in to say hello!

  4. Erinne Lukaniec on April 15, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    I was wondering if I can review this DIY project for my blog? I’d like to put your link so other folks can do it too! Thanks!!

    • Skaie Knox on April 16, 2015 at 11:05 pm

      Hi Erinne! Absolutely! We would love to share the “link love”. Please, though, include only an excerpt and one photo, with a hyperlinked “read more” or “read full article” (or something to that affect) back to this page. We’d be happy to share your review with our followers! Thanks for stopping in!

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