This dried hydrangea wreath is made from a simple grapevine wreath and hydrangeas that can be cut from your garden. With this easy tutorial, you can make your beautiful piece of fall decor in only 10 minutes!
How to Dry Hydrangeas
The beauty of hydrangeas is how easily they dry out and remain beautiful for a long time. Simply cut several, bring them indoors and allow them to dry out in a vase. If you hang them upside down, they will dry out quicker but I like to enjoy them the second they enter my home.
What to Do With Dried Hydrangeas
When it's early October, and your beautiful hydrangeas are nearing the end of the season, what can you do with them? I like to bring as many indoors as possible so that I can enjoy them even when the weather starts to turn.
The great thing about this DIY Hydrangea flower wreath is that you can make it with either fresh or dried hydrangeas. I actually used both - the ones I had already dried (and because I needed more than I anticipated!) fresh ones cut directly from my bushes.
Having worked with both, I can say it's definitely easier to work with the fresh hydrangeas since you don't have to be as careful with them. The dried ones are crispy and will disintegrate if you're too rough with them. Luckily, the fresh hydrangeas dry out naturally on the wreath!
How to Make a Hydrangea Wreath
You're going to be surprised at just how simple it is to make your own hydrangea wreath. In fact, I debated even writing this tutorial because it seemed too simplistic. But, sometimes it's nice to see exactly how something is made so that you're not second guessing what you're doing, right?
You're welcome to watch the tutorial (sound on!) but I've also written out the instructions for you below if you prefer that format (plus, you can print it!).
Types of Hydrangea To Use
I used a variety of hydrangeas that I have growing in my garden: Limelight, Vanilla Strawberry and Endless Summer. At this time of the year, they are various shades of green, pink and purple and look absolutely stunning. You can of course use only one variety if that's all you have.
What You'll Need
- Hydrangeas with long stems, leaves removed
- Grapevine wreath (whatever size you want - I bought mine at Michael's with a 50% off coupon and I've reused the same grapevine wreath for 4 years).
- Scissors or pruning shears
- Floral Wire
- Optional: Additional flowers ( I used some pink sedum)
How to Make The Hydrangea Wreath
Basically, all you need to do is push the hydrangea flowers through the wreath at an angle so that they are somewhat secure. Then, keep filling it the wreath until it's full of flowers.
You don't want to see any gaps, to make sure the flowers are close together and that you're pulling them quite tight against the wreath form.
You can choose the fill the entire wreath, but for a more modern look, I like to fill it anywhere bout two-thirds of the full, with the rest of the grapevine exposed. This gives it some additional color and texture.
If you don't have enough hydrangeas to fill any remaining gaps, feel free to add in other flowers. I particularly like pink sedum with this wreath, and I added in a few for extra color.
Once you're done, cut the stems from the back of the wreath and secure any loose ones with green floral wire so that they don't fall out.
I use a large 3M Command Hook to hang wreaths on my new door so that I don't have to worry about any damage, but you can hang it using a nail or a wreath hanger, too!
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