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Hydrangea Wreath

on October 7, 2015

Earlier this summer I posted about my hydrangea bushes and how the weather this summer had made them grow huge blossoms. You can read about them in my post called Hydrangea. I decided that after years of having these beautiful bushes with their beautiful blossoms, now is the time to make a Hydrangea Wreath from said blossoms. There were so many blooms on the bushes this year. I picked two big bunches of the flowers and hung them upside down in our garage for a week to dry.

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After gathering my supplies and giving it a try, I realized that I might have done something wrong. I couldn’t get the blossoms to stay wired onto the wire wreath frame, plus they were really brittle. So . . . onto the internet! When I started looking, the first option that popped up was a video from Martha Stewart. I did do something wrong. I wasn’t supposed to dry them. Of course, the flowers they were working with in the video have stems about 4 times the size of mine. The stems on mine are very skinny.

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Oh well, back out to the bushes I go to cut more blossoms. I actually totally depleted the bushes and picked almost ALL of the flowers.

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I did what the video said to do, attached the wire onto the frame with a paddle of wire and started wrapping it around the blossoms. The video said to wrap small bunches of blossoms together, but these are so big, I just used the single huge flowers (I really didn’t know if I’d have enough to wire bunches together). The fresh-cut blossoms held much better. This was also the only kind of wire wreath frame I could find – on the video they used one that was a bit narrower.

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I just continued wrapping the wire around the blossoms until I had gone all the way around the wreath frame. At the end, I made a wire loop to hang the wreath with.

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Here’s the finished product!! After I held it up, I had to add some small blossoms in a few places to even it out a bit. Once it was on the wall, I also had to put some small blossoms around the visible edges because I could see the wire frame from the steps. I really love how it looks. So what if it has a couple of wonky places? You can tell that it wasn’t made by a florist – it was made by the person who actually grew the flowers – me!

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The wreath went up in our entry, over the steps to go downstairs. The video said that the color fades if put in a place with a lot of direct sun, so I didn’t want to put it in our living room which gets a lot of sun in the morning.

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Here’s what I did with the dried flowers. They totally filled the basket. Another option (according to the video) is to hot glue the dried blossoms to a straw wreath. I may try that another year, or even later this year. I’m just glad there are options.

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They look great in my old wicker picnic basket. This will go up on top of the bookshelf in the living room.

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There were just enough flowers left to make a very small wreath.

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It can go on the wall, or it can function as a candle wreath. This one’s heading out to Virginia to my sister!

I love how the wreath looks, and this may be a project I do every year with these beautiful and abundant blossoms.

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This wreath will decorate my entry until it’s time to decorate for the holidays! I love it!

 

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5 responses to “Hydrangea Wreath

  1. Rita Holm says:

    Love this…beautiful! Christmas…just put some beautiful red or silver or gold ornamental decorations on it! Halloween some orange and black etc, etc!!!

  2. […] to do it!!!! I’m not gonna lie – sometimes my part in it is harder! You can see that my hydrangea wreath is still “hanging” in there! […]

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