How to make A Dried Hydrangea Wreath

Do you have hydrangeas bushes in your yard? I have several and some of the flowers died on the vine this year. I thought of a way to use them and make something for my winter/valentine decor, so I want to share with you how to make a dried hydrangea wreath out of them.

I’m joining a few blogger friends to share some fun ways to add a cozy vibe to your home during these winter months. Be sure and check out all of these amazing and creative ideas.

If you are coming over from Aliya at Open Doors Open Hearts, welcome! I’m so glad you are here!

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As I mentioned, I have several hydrangea plants in my garden. One of them is a limelight hydrangea that has gotten huge and it produces so many flowers from late spring until the first freeze, which is usually in December in Texas.

I love having the fresh flowers to cut for arrangements for so many months during the year.

And the dried blooms make a beautiful hydrangea wreath!

different varieties of hydrangeas

2 white pitchers filled with limelight hydrangeas sitting on a wooden coutertop with a lamp behind it

limelight hydrangeas

I have found that the limelight hydrangeas dry much better than the traditional hydrangeas which are called “big leaf” hydrangeas. They are also referred to as “florist” hydrangeas and “french” hydrangeas.

The limelights seem to have less moisture in the petals which helps them dry more quickly than the other variety.

The traditional, and more common, hydrangeas have very thick petals full of moisture. If you cut the blooms at their peak blooming time, they will have too much moisture in the petals and won’t dry quickly enough to retain their shape and beauty.

watering can filled with pink hydrangeas with 2 seed packets sitting beside it

big leaf hydrangeas

If you wait and cut the blooms when some of the moisture is out of the petals and they begin to feel
“papery”, they will dry much better.

supplies for making a dried hydrangea wreath

bundle of dried hydrangeas grapevine heart wreath clippers and hot glue gun on a wooden table top

To make a dried hydrangea wreath, you will need…..

grapevine Wreath (this can be any shape you choose)

I ordered a heart shaped grapevine wreath here.

dried hydrangea blooms

glue gun

floral wire or bread ties

making a wreath out of dried hydrangeas

As I mentioned, I cut my hydrangeas that had died/dried on the vine.

I started by just tucking the stems of my hydrangeas into the grapevine wreath, placing each one close to the next. So there isn’t space between them.

If one of them didn’t feel very stable or wouldn’t stay in place very well, I either dropped a bit of hot glue on the stem, or in some cases I used a piece of wire or bread tie to hold it in place.

dried hydrangea heart wreath hanging on vintage hall tree

don’t like the color of the dried hydrangeas?

Typically, when I cut my hydrangeas to dry, they still have their beautiful color.

But in this case, they had dried on the vine and turned brown.

When I finished my wreath, I thought about leaving it natural, but decided they were just a little to brown and drab looking.

So, I bought a blush color spray paint and gave them a fresh new look.

At first, I used this Rustoleum Chalked Ultra Matte spray paint in blushed pink.

I liked the look OK, but it was a little flat looking, so then I found this Rustoleum 2X Ultra Cover spray paint in pink peony in a gloss finish, so I gave it a quick spray to brighten it up a bit.

I didn’t even cover it solid. Just a little here and there seem to give it a bit more dimension and character.

the finished dried hydrangea heart wreath

I really like how it turned out. The color is subtle and works great with my neutral decor.

I’m thinking of making another one with a round grapevine wreath and painting in ivory, to leave out a little longer than I will leave the heart one.

dried hydrangea heart wreath painted blush pink and hanging on vintage towl rack

I hope this post about how to make a dried hydrangea wreath gives you some inspiration for making your own.

It’s a great way to use your dried/dead hydrangeas and brighten your space for winter at the same time.

If you try it, I would love to know. I love hearing from you!

Next up, to share some winter decor inspiration is Emma from Loving Grace Home. Her DIY cottage style curtains are so cute!

dried hydrangea heart wreath painted blush pink and hanging on vintage towl rack with white towel beside it and ivy plant in vintage pot on small black table below


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  1. Michele! Mine have died on the vine too. But I love the idea of spray painting them to bring them back to life!!! Genius!!! Such a fun and beautiful way to get through winter!

    1. Oh, I’m so glad you liked it Aliya! I hope you try it!

    1. Oh, thanks Rachel! I really appreciate that!

  2. I love making hydrangea wreaths and this one is so beautiful. Perfect for Vday!

    1. Thanks Stacy! Now, I want to make some out of pretty blooms before they turn brown. But the paint was defintely a way to good some life out of the dead ones.

  3. I love hydrangeas, Michele. Your wreath turned out so beautifully! I’ve always thought about drying mine, but never quite sure what to do with them. Thanks for sharing this simple idea. I am going to have to try it after my plants are done blooming this summer/fall.

    1. Thanks Jen! It was a fun and easy project and a good way to preserve and use those dead blooms.

  4. I love your wreath. Such a great idea. I have never thought about spray painting hydrangeas. You are brilliant.

    1. Aww, thanks sweet friend! So glad you enjoyed the post!

    1. Thanks so much AnnMarie! Glad you liked it!

    1. Thanks Jennifer! It’s certainly helps get a bit more life out of the dead blooms.

  5. This is such a sweet DIY! I how cool that you spray painted it. Brilliant !

    1. Thank you Emma! So glad you liked it!

  6. I’m so encouraged to try working with dried hydrangeas now! Thank you for sharing these great tips and tricks!

    1. Of course Amy! So glad you enjoyed the post!

  7. The simplicity of this wreath is perfect! Loving the soft color you added Michele. Another great project from you my friend 😊Pinned!

    1. Thanks so much Cindy! I was so glad to find a way to use those dead hydrangeas blooms!

    2. Thank you Cindy! I really appreciate your kind words!

  8. I love this idea. I always LOVE hydrangeas. Thank you for sharing. Pinned!

    1. Oh, I’m so glad you hear you enjoyed the post, and thanks so much for the Pin!!

  9. This is such a beautiful and simple DIY! I love the texture that it brings to a space. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Thanks so much!! So glad you liked it!

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