I love fresh flowers. I love Hydrangeas. I will even tolerate dried flowers…. as long as they’re Hydrangeas.
Here’s an easy way to dry them.
First, find yourself a Hydrangea bush. If your neighbors have one and you don’t… make friends with your neighbors.
Go ahead and clip the flowers that have opened up.
Strip the leaves off of the stem.
Now you’re ready to dry your Hydrangeas. It’s super difficult. Are you ready…?
Put them in water. That’s it.
If you try to dry a Hydrangea without leaving the stems in water, it will look like this.
However, if you simply put the stems in water and let the stems slowly suck up the water, it will look like this when it’s done drying.
For whatever reason, if the flower dries slowly, still slurping up a little water as it dries, it seems to retain its shape and color.
I’ve had this urn of dried Hydrangeas for about 2 years now. They are white ones from my yard and as they dry, they take on a greeenish hue. I prefer lighter colored Hydrangeas when drying them, but that’s just personal preference.
Using an empty jar or vase, I fill it with water then put the shortest stems along the edge of the vase…
…then stick the longer stems in the middle. I want the arrangement to look full while it’s drying, but I don’t want the blooms to be smushed. (That’s a technical floral designer term: smushed)
Just make sure that all of the stems are well covered by water.
In this case, I pop the jar into a pretty vase and I will leave it just like this. When the full jar of water is empty, chances are that the flowers are dried and ready to be used. (If they are NOT dried, keep adding water until they are.)
By the way, I am a contributor today over at SAS Interiors’ post about spray paint tips from the pros.
(I love that someone considers my fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants methods to be professional!) Please go check it out for some truly great advice. And mine’s there too.