Learn how to make a dried hydrangea wreath in little time, and no money with this easy tutorial.
As I was taking down my Christmas decorations I started pitching all my green materials in the back "compost" area, which is really just a place where I dump all my clippings, old dirt, etc. I couldn't decide what to do with all the dried hydrangeas I used, and I just didn't want to store them so I decided to make a hydrangea wreath to hang above our mantel.
The area above my mantel is somewhat short and rectangular so I wanted to make a wreath that was square to fit the space. However, I did not have a square to spare, (Seinfeld joke) so I made a frame using wire hangers.
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How to Dry Hydrangeas
You can use a variety of hydrangeas for this wreath. Limelight hydrangeas and Annabelle hydrangeas are easy to grow and can give you a ton of dried flowers for this DIY wreath. However, the mophead varieties give you those beautiful hydrangeas in shades of blue, pink, and purple. So if you have access to them then you'll want to dry some to make a beautiful wreath.
The best time to cut hydrangeas for drying is normally around late August through October depending on where you live.
Simply cut some fresh hydrangeas, strip the leaves, place them in a vase with a couple of inches of water, and let them be. They will dry out naturally and look great. I think this is a much better way to dry the flowers than hanging them upside down.
You could also try this with a bunch of fresh flowers from the store. However, it doesn't always work as well as those cut at the end of the season.
Making a Dried Hydrangea Wreath
- 4 wire hangers
- wire paddle
- dried hydrangea flowers
- wire cutters or heavy duty scissors
Start by making a wreath form by using wire hangers. Twist them open and use two to make a square shape.
Then make another one slightly smaller than the first and wire them together. You may want to ask someone to help you hold the frame as you start to wire it together or you could tape it down with some masking tape. When you are finished it will still be a little flimsy but sturdy enough to handle the flowers.
Dried Hydrangea Secret Trick
While you are working on the frame, dunk the flowers into a bucket of water. This makes them less fragile and more pliable similar to making a grapevine wreath with vines from your yard.
It is unbelievable how pliable and nice the hydrangea blooms are to work with if you soak them first. Even though they were completely dried for months they are able to soak up some water for a short while. Maybe that's why they are called, "hydra."
Use a paddle of florist wire to attach the hydrangea stems to the wreath, overlapping the stems as you go.
It's kind of messy and you'll need to let it hang somewhere to dry, in the end, the result is worth it.
If needed feel free to trim the hydrangea blossoms or stick a few extra in to balance your work.
Total time to make ~ approximately 1 hour.
Cost = $0.00.
How's that for thriftiness?