At the start of the summer I had plans to make a hydrangea wreath from the blooms on my hedge. Because I was so excited about the idea, I made a rookie mistake! I picked some way too early for them to dry correctly and they wilted and ended up in the trash. So let me tell you how I ended up with this gorgeous wreath made with REAL flowers for free!
The absolute first thing you have to do is NOT PICK YOUR FLOWERS!!!!! I know that makes no sense but you have got to wait until they are absolutely ready for you to pick or they will end up in the trash like mine did. Luckily I have a bazillion hydrangea plants and there were plenty more flowers to choose from…when the time was right. Here’s how you know.
The flowers on the left, all bright and vibrant, are not ready. They have not learned the way of the dried hydrangea and they will fold under the pressure. The ones on the right were, at one time, the same blue as the left one, but they have aged and become wise and they know if they turn this lovely autumn hue they will be chosen to continue their life as dried flowers. That is, if hydrangeas could think, which we allllll know they can’t.
Sidenote: My hydrangeas are blue, I have no idea what pink ones look like when they start to dry out, sorry.
The flowers actually start to dry themselves naturally while still on the plant but they are easy to work with because they haven’t become papery and delicate like they do once they are fully dried out. So cut those babies and slap some hot glue on them! You want more instruction? Ok read on.
Do you have one of these wreaths laying around? This one was on my front door with some fake flowers on one side, but I popped those bad boys off cause something better came to town.
It is really simple from this point. Just glue the flower stems into the grapevine wreath in a way that stays consistent in form and fulness. Since the flowers still had some drying to do, I put glue right on the end of the cut stem to help them lose their moisture slowly and they can dry right on the wreath.
Some important things:
- Make sure to glue your wreath before the flowers completely dry. If you wait, you will have hydrangeas falling apart in your hands because they are very delicate once they are dry. If you cut them at the right time, you should have no issues with wilting once they are glued.
- Be sure to check your work as you go so you don’t end up with a wreath that looks like me in the 80s (with my side pony.)
- If you have a wreath form laying around to use, and you have hydrangeas growing in your yard, then the most important aspect of this entire project is that it’s FREE!
- Then you can do your happy dance and shout WOOT WOOT!!!!
Now that empty space on my wall is no longer empty, yay! Don’t you just love it?!