Here is a lovely way to continue enjoying the beautiful flowers from your garden well after the blooming season ends.
By using dried flowers (how-to dry flowers: HERE and HERE), you can create a lasting arrangement to carry you through the winter and beyond.
Supplies you will need
- Dried flowers: I used hydrangea (both green and purple), White roses (that changed to a deep cream color) and red rose buds
- Grapevine wreath (mine were 24-inch and 12-inch size)
- pruning shears
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Nylon Ties
- Clear Craft Spray (I used Krylon Lacquer)
If you want to add a last-name Letter, you will need:
- Wooden letter in your size of choice, sanded/painted/stained/finished as you like
- 2 tiny eye hooks for each letter
- Thread or thin string to attach letter to wreath
Using pruning shears, cut flower stem about 4-6-inches long, at a sharp angle to create a point.
Holding the stem, insert into wreath guiding the stem in the direction of the branches.
I found the hydrangea held secure but you can use hot glue to be sure the flowers are well attached.
Continue adding the dried flowers in an arrangement that is pleasing.
You can place flowers in just part of the grapevine wreath of completely cover it.
Insert a nylon tie on the top back to form a hanger for the wreath.
When all of the flowers are added, take the wreath outside, and spray with the lacquer; hang to dry.
To personalize, I added a (last-name initial) letter to the larger wreaths.
After purchasing the letters, sand, paint and finish as desired.
Screw tiny eye hooks into the back. Using triple thick, matching thread, inserted through each hook, tie/secure to the wreath.
The dried hydrangea will last for a long time
This wreath was made last year
These giant hydrangea have been in my powder room for two years.
They faded from light green to a tan-ish color. They were left natural and not sprayed with the lacquer as the ones I just made. Time will tell if the sprayed blossoms retain their color for a longer time.