How to Dry Hydrangeas: Follow this simple step by step guide for how to dry hydrangea blooms to use in your fall decorating.
Do you have a favorite flower? Hydrangeas are my absolute favorite flower. I love the delicate blue and purple blooms that grow on the big leaf hydrangea bushes, as well as the showy cone-shaped limelights.
So when the end of summer approaches and the brilliant colors of summer fade, I like to bring these beauties into my home and preserve them. Today I am sharing a simple step by step guide for how to dry hydrangeas and for fall decorating.
When should hydrangeas be cut for drying?
The beautiful hydrangea blooms that I have been fortunate to enjoy all summer long will begin to age as autumn approaches. When hydrangea blooms are past their prime, they will develop a faded, vintage look to them. This is the ideal time to cut the hydrangeas for drying. Drying hydrangeas is so easy and the elegant blooms are perfect for fall decorating.
What is the best way to dry hydrangeas?
- Cut the hydrangea stems about 12 – 15 inches long, depending on your vase. I usually cut the stem at an angle.
- Remove all of the leaves.
- Submerge about half of the hydrangea stem in water.
- Just let the water evaporate over time.
There is no need to refill the water. The blooms will become paper-like and delicate.
How do you dry hydrangeas and keep their color?
Using this method to dry hydrangea blooms in water will help preserve their vintage, faded color. Another important tip is to not to place too many stems in one container and keep the blooms away from direct sunlight.
So easy! Beautiful clusters of these graceful flowers are perfect for fall decorating. You might enjoy them to on your fall table with lovely leaf stamped tea towels. Or use them in a fall centerpiece.
Do you decorate with hydrangeas? What natural elements do you incorporate into your fall decorating? I would love to hear your thoughts.
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