You can make your own dried hydrangea arrangements using this simple method of vase drying.
Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers ever! Don’t you wish their beauty could last all year long?
Well, it kind of can. With dried hydrangea arrangements.
As with most things, I kept this pretty simple. This is a simple vase drying method and it’s so easy to do! I love that these dried hydrangeas look great around your house in the Fall.
So, how do you dry hydrangeas?
There are a few tips and tricks for making sure you have the best hydrangeas for drying. Follow this method. It’s basically set and forget. The hardest part is knowing the optimal time to snip your hydrangeas.
Step 1: Choose Old Blooms.
Don’t go for new blooms. Choose the hydrangea blooms that have been around all summer and are just starting to fade. Here’s an easy tip for ya – don’t cut any blooms until the end of Summer/Beginning of Fall.
Yep – wait until late August and early September. Those are your blooms for drying.
If you wait too long, your hydrangeas will dry brown. I still like the brown ones! I know, I’m weird. You can cut off the brown parts if you want too.
Step 2: Snip them off in the morning and remove leaves.
Take your pruning shears and snip off your hydrangeas in the morning. Remove all the leaves! You just want a nice clean stem. Make sure you leave a long enough stem – not shorty stems!
Step 3: Place your Hydrangeas in a Vase of Water.
Yes, you read that right. In order to preserve the color on your hydrangeas, you want to give them water. Fill it about halfway. Hydrangeas take about two weeks to completely dry. Don’t refill the water.
Step 4: Wait.
Now just sit back and wait a couple of weeks. Keep your vase in a cool, dark spot during this time. Be patient! The drying magic is happening.
Step 5: Enjoy.
After two weeks, your water should be gone and you are left with beautiful dried hydrangeas!
These dried hydrangea blooms will last about a year for ya. Woot!
You can also skip the water vase and just hang them upside down in a cool dark place, like a basement or closet. After two weeks – take them out and they should be dried for you.
Dried Hydrangea Arrangements
I place mine in the vase I’m going to use from the beginning and just let them dry in there. My arrangements are simple – just beautiful dried Hydrangeas is all I need!
You can certainly add in some additional flowers though.
The specific Hydrangeas I have for this arrangement are called Panicle Hydrangeas ‘Pink Diamond’. They start out white and then turn pinkish brown. So pretty, especially for Fall. They are somewhat delicate and lacey.
All hydrangeas look beautiful dried this way. Use them in a wreath or in window boxes too. Nestle them in with other complimentary flowers.
Have a great day everyone!