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 finally ended up with this gorgeous hydrangea wreath made with REAL flowers!
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 in the past.
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.
Source Your Flowers:
The flowers on the left, all bright and vibrant, are not ready. They will be great cut flowers but they will be short lived. You need to wait until the hydrangeas start to turn the lovely autumn hues of the hydrangeas on the right, before you cut them. They will start to feel slightly papery.
There is a definite sweet spot when they are ready to be cut. If you do it too soon they will wilt, if you do it too late they will be brown and brittle. Not something you want hanging on your wall.
When you do cut them, leave a stem of about 10″ or so.
Once cut, join a few together with twine and hang them upside down and give them a chance to lose the rest of their moisture.
Now they are ready to become the perfect hydrangea wreath.
Make Your Wreath:
Snip the stems down to about 2″ so they will fit into your grapevine wreath.
Add hot glue to the stem of each bloom and find a spot in your wreath to stick it.
Check for fullness and symmetry as you glue. Although, I think this wreath looked pretty with the blooms only on one side.
That’s it! You will have yourself a beautiful wreath that will last a long time!
Related: How to Decorate with Hydrangeas
Some important things:
- You will need to be careful while making your wreath because the blooms are fragile once they have dried.
- 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!
If you don’t have any hydrangea plants but love the look, here are some ready made options that may suit your fancy.