Dried Hydrangea Wreath Project

Easy to Make Hydrangea Wreath + Tips to Make it Last!

Dusty rose, chartreuse, and violet. These are the colors that make me think of fall decorating, at least when it comes to decorating with hydrangeas! They may be pink, purple, blue, or white on the shrub, but as they dry, they take on the muted romantic hues that grace my front door. Here is how to make this easy hydrangea wreath with just 2 materials (and a couple of tricks to make it last).Dried Hydrangea Wreath DIY

Before you set off and cut all the blooms of your backyard plants, read this Essential Guide to Hydrangeas first. It covers the different types, growing tips, how to change the color of hydrangeas (!), propagating, and pruning advice. The last one is what you really want to pay attention to here – pruning to remove the blooms for crafting is great, but do it so that the health of your plant comes first (and you get blooms again next year!).

Pistachio Multi-color Hydrangea

The next step is to learn about how to dry hydrangea blooms so that they retain their color. You can see all of my tips and tricks for keeping those blooms radiant and gorgeous here:

dry hydrangea flowers to retain color

Now, shall we get on to the wreath making? Let’s do it!

Dried Hydrangea Wreath Project

Materials

Make it!

Start with a grapevine wreath that you can either purchase or make yourself. With a good wreath form that has plenty of twisted branches, you really won’t need much else to hold the branches in place. how to make a grapevine wreath

Cut the hydrangea blooms with a nice long stem – about 12″. You can trim it afterwards, but this way it will be much easier to set in the wreath form. I always find that I need twice as many as I think I do, so cut lots of them to get a full, lush wreath.

Add all stems to mason jars with an inch or so of water. Remember the advice on how to dry hydrangeas to retain their color? That’s what this is all about. But instead of letting them dry all the way to crispy, remove the stems as soon as the water is gone. This is when we make the wreath. The blooms are still pliable enough that they won’t crumble when you work with them, but they have dried enough on their own that they will retain some color.

Dried hydrangea flowers

Weave the ends of the stems through the grapevine wreath so that the bloom is tightly secured in the grapevines. You can use a little florist wire to secure the stems if you would like, I never seem to have need to though. They stay put just fine as long as nobody slams the door!

Add the blooms all the way around, choosing different sizes and shapes to make sure that the wreath is even and full throughout the wreath. I like to keep a pretty clear center to the wreath, so that it looks like a wreath more than a blob of flower heads.

easy fall Hydrangea wreath

 

You can now add a ribbon or decorative wreath hanger. I like to use a magnetic wreath hanger on my metal doors for a clean look. Whatever you choose is up to you–there are so many options!

Read more about hydrangeas here:

The Essential Guide to Hydrangeas from Garden Therapy

Here is some more fall wreath inspiration from the garden:

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Virginia Fynes
    Virginia FynesSeptember 22,14

    What a beautiful wreath! I love the colors, I’m so surprised they are natural flowers!!

  2. Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.
    Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.September 22,14

    Eeeek, I adore hydrangeas! This is a fantastic tutorial with so many wonderful tips, not to mention your wreath is stunning!

  3. Andrea @ personallyandrea
    Andrea @ personallyandreaSeptember 22,15

    I love this colour scheme too for fall. Thanks for referencing all your tips about hydrangeas too!

  4. Dannyelle @ Life is a Party
    Dannyelle @ Life is a PartySeptember 22,15

    Your wreath is beautiful. And, your tips are great too. Love it.

  5. Lindi
    LindiSeptember 22,15

    This is a lovely wreath!! Those flowers did try into lovely all colours :)

  6. Ariel
    ArielSeptember 22,15

    I LOVE hydrangeas! This is a wreath after my heart. If yours disappears it’s because I have it ;)

  7. Colleen Pastoor
    Colleen PastoorSeptember 22,15

    This is so beautiful! One day I’ll have a green thumb and will grow my own hydrangeas ;)

  8. Sonja @ SustainMyCraftHabit
    Sonja @ SustainMyCraftHabitSeptember 23,15

    Hydrangeas are one of my favourite flowers and they look stunning when dried and made into a wreath. I love it against the black door!

  9. Christina
    ChristinaSeptember 23,15

    This is a stunning wreath, and thanks for all of the hydrangea tips! This is my first year growing them and I’m in love. I also LOVE the colours of your wreath!

  10. Thea
    TheaSeptember 24,15

    I am so impressed with how knowledgeable you are… especially when it comes to hydrangeas. I am also impressed with how artistic and talented you are when it comes to gardening. The wreath looks so elegant and lovely. Thank you for sharing this great tutorial!

  11. Deb
    DebSeptember 1,16

    This is gorgeous! Such great tips, pinning this! I kill every hydrangea I have, but buying the ones from the store and keeping them in a vase til they dry may be what I’ll do to create one of these. Just love it!

  12. Crystal Green
    Crystal GreenSeptember 4,16

    This is stunning to look at! I love this wreath.

    Thank you for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to see you again when we open our doors on Friday at 12 AM EST.

  13. Candace
    CandaceSeptember 6,16

    Love the wreath – it’s gorgeous! It makes me envious of your plants – my yard is sorely lacking in nice plants to spruce up the front and make DIY wreath. thanks for sharing on Wonderful Wednesday blog hop!

  14. Ann Spink
    Ann SpinkSeptember 7,16

    Should I buy some spray to help preserve them

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseSeptember 7,16

      Hi Ann, I don’t spray mine and they last very well. No additional chemicals needed! But they are delicate so eventually they break (because I’m not as careful as I should be).

  15. Cat
    CatNovember 15,16

    Hi, I have used your instructions and have made a wreath which yesterday I was very pleased with… and today not, because it has gone brown. I have kept outside so it’s not the heat. Advice please!

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