Do It Yourself Dried Hydrangea Wreath

by Rachel Ray

Dried hydrangea wreaths are fun to make, easy and are a beautiful decor addition to any home or office. You can either dry your own hydrangeas or buy some from a floral or craft store already dried. The biggest trick to drying your own is when you cut them. If you cut them too early in mid summer, they won’t dry correctly. Try to cut them right before the first anticipated fall frost.

You can either hang them upside down in a darkened room to dry, or you can set them in a vase upright, even adding a tiny bit of water in the bottom of the vase, although even that is optional. As long as they are picked at the correct time, it’s difficult to fail with them. It’s fun if you can, to pick several blooms from different bushes, as it will provide a nice variety of colors to the wreath. After they are dried, pick off any dead / discolored brown blooms.

For a wreath base pick any type you want, I like either grapevine types or Styrofoam, depending on the look I’m after. Take floral wire and wrap it around the wreath and form a small loop in order to hang it when finished.

For a Styrofoam base, use a low melt point glue gun. Separate each bunch of hydrangea heads into smaller florets. Glue each to the wreath base, poking the stem into the base at the same time. Space the blooms over the surface of the wreath from top and bottom, left to right, inside and outside of the base until you completely fill it in.

The thing you’re looking at now is balance. Step back and look at a distance. Consider balance of color, shape with each side balanced, not to full or sparse anywhere, and none sticking out noticeably farther than the rest.

Color balance is especially important. The reason of doing each bloom systematically over the wreath is to help achieve color balance.

Now that your wreath is complete, you may want to leave it with this plain, simple look. You also may want to add baby’s breath or other dried florals to it, or a bow. Experiment with the type of look you like.

For a grapevine base, the concept is the same as above. If you want to add bows or ribbons, glue them first to the base then glue to hydrangea flowers on it around them. Sometimes bare spaces looks nice to allow sight of the grapevines. Experiment on the design you like.

Try to avoid sunlight in the place you hang your wreath as it will drastically reduce it’s life. You can redo the wreath each year by simply stripping off last year’s blooms and replacing with the current year’s, for a fresh wreath each year.

Sometimes people are disappointed in dried flowers because they expect them to look great for many years. Really that’s a myth because they really will only last about a year looking nice.

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