With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: DIY Dried Hydrangea Wreaths

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

DIY Dried Hydrangea Wreaths

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.

28 comments:

Debby Ray said...

Absolutely gorgeous...especially the one with the roses! I have a bunch of dried roses I have collected over the years but don't have any hydrangeas. I may have to find some now! Thank you for your inspiration :)

Debbie Huffaker said...

Beautiful. Is there nothing you can't do? God has truly blessed you with many talents and you're not letting them go to waste!!!

Adrienne said...

I LOVE Hydrangeas and Roses! Your wreath is gorgeous. I'm going to harvest some of each and try to make a grapevine wreath for my home. Thanks for sharing your secrets.
~Adrienne~

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Stunning! I love hydrangeas and have never had much luck drying them. Looks like I need to try some new tricks.

I'm drying some roses now and hope to use them later.

Sue said...

Your wreaths are beautiful, thank you so much for the tutorial.

Keri On said...

Beautiful! Thanks for your tutorial!

podso said...

Simply so lovely and gracious. And they look good wherever you have placed the wreaths or bouquets!

Barbara F. said...

So beautiful, Lorraine, love the addition of the letters. And the fabulous milk glass in your powder room, love! xo

Winnie said...

It loos SUPER BEAUTIFUL !!
You are very creative and very talented Lorraine :)

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your wreathes turned out beautiful! It's so nice when you can make something you've grown last a long time-enjoy:@)

Ann said...

The wreaths are gorgeous and those giant hydrangea in your powder room are just amazing.

Gypsy Heart said...

Just beautiful! Each one has a special look. I'm especially loving the solid green. I don't have flowers to dry but this is a wonderful idea!

xo
Pat

Blackberry Lane said...

You are so talented. These are so beautiful and the photos are outstanding.

Susan said...

What a wonderful way to preserve the bounty of summer! Great job! Susan

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

So lovely...the colors are beautiful together!

Debbie Petras said...

I love hydrangeas! In fact, I do believe they are my favorite. I love how Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa arranges them in vases for entertaining. But they don't do well in Phoenix; too hot and dry here.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

Just a little something from Judy said...

You are a most gifted lady! In your quiet, gracious way, you continue to teach all of us so many new and interesting lessons. This wreath is beautiful! Thank you for the ideas, including the step by step processes. You have an eye for decorating and I love that you share your home d├ęcor with us.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Gosh, they are so beautiful! I don't know how you get dried flowers to look so lovely and retain their color. Around here, they just look dead. :) Thanks for thinking of me while I was away. Best wishes, Tammy

Shelia said...

Oh, my goodness! The wreath is gorgeous and what a beautiful job you did. I love it.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

I love the dry flower reef idea especially with the Hydrangea and roses. Lovely idea indeed. Hugs Judy

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Gorgeous hydrangea wreaths! I love hydrangeas!

Blessings & Aloha!
I am late again...in my blog visits! but happy to be here. And thank you so much again for your sweet visit!

lindsey said...

These wreaths are amazing, I love dried hydrangeas, we have just returned from holiday in Cornwall where we visited some beautiful gardens with hundreds of hydrangea bushes of all different colours. This tutorial is great, thank you!

janice15 said...

So lovely, I love hydrangeas.. I have two small plants... hoping this next year they will grown larger to do this.. Happy Sunday with love Janice

Maggie Ann said...

This is beautiful and you are so talented! I am so impressed....=)

SarahGeorge said...

Wonderful! I'm just amazed to see your two year old flowers :)They are simply beautiful. And the wreath you've made with this year's blossom is so beautiful!

kitty said...

Lorraine, your wreath is just breathtaking. I wish I could grow hydrangeas. I have one plant and I'm hoping it'll make it.

Karen said...

Wow! These are so pretty. I especially like the multicolored wreath!

marie said...

So beautiful Lorraine! I think I like the one with the "L" the very best. The simplicity of it is so lovely! Thank you for sharing all the tips about drying hydrangeas, and making such wonderful wreaths from them!

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