The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Drying Hydrangeas. It’s so easy.

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.

hydrangea, white, flower

Go ahead and clip the flowers that have opened up.


Strip the leaves off of the stem.

flower, hydrangea, flower arrangement

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.

hydrangea, flower, dried flower  

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.

dried hydrangea, drying flowers

Which do you like better?
This one? hydrangea, flower, dried floweror this one?    dried hydrangea, drying flowers

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.

For years.
This arrangement right here…?
dried flower, arrangement, hydrangea, green, white

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…

hydrangea, flower, white, arrangement

…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.

white, flower, hydrangea, arrangement, bouquet

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.)

white, flower, hydrangea, arrangement, bouguet, blue vase

This will sit, just like this, for a week or so.  Then I’ll have dried Hydrangeas.  Easy peasy.

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.

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Mary said...

May 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm
Awesome! My hydrangeas are just starting to bloom now, so I will try this soon. Thanks for the info! Have a great weekend, Mary :O)

Prudently Painted Vintage said...

May 26, 2011 at 4:44 pm
Sadly I don't know anyone or have neighbors that are growing hydrangeas. Maybe I could go make friends with a total stranger :)

Very pretty!

Kaitlin Saenz said...

May 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm
I love this! I did this awhile back and gave the dried hydrangeas to my sister to decorate her room when she was redoing it and two and a half years later they still look beautiful! I was thinking about doing this for my place the other day! Thanks for the extra boost of encouragement to actually getting around to it!

I've been following you for a little while now and have really enjoyed it!:)


Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

May 26, 2011 at 6:48 pm
I never realized that my laziness is what contributed to my perfectly dried hydrangea's!!

I never remember to empty the water and they end up sitting there forever! LOL

Can I act like I knew what I was doing??

Johanson Family said...

May 26, 2011 at 9:43 pm
Beautiful! I bought some pink and blue ones for my gender reveal party and they are just gorgeous flowers!! I can't believe how much water they need and I think that's why most of my flowers die-- I'm so lazy about watering-- but I have kept these alive.. Always love your posts...

MiMi said...

May 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm
So basically once they're dry you can leave em like that. Right? Cuz I'm the queen of letting flowers die and then dumping them out a week too late.

Heaven's Walk said...

May 27, 2011 at 2:30 am
Great tutorial! I dried my "Blushing Bride" hydrangeas a couple years ago and I still bring them back out for the autumn season. :)

xoxo laurie

Heaven's Walk said...

May 27, 2011 at 2:30 am
Great tutorial! I dried my "Blushing Bride" hydrangeas a couple years ago and I still bring them back out for the autumn season. :)

xoxo laurie

Erin said...

May 27, 2011 at 2:42 am
Hi Vivienne,

I'm visiting from the French Country Cottage and am so glad to have run across this post! I have access to two hydrangea bushes, which are both beginning to bloom now, and I wanted to dry some of the flowers this year. Only problem was that I didn't know what to do! Now I do, thanks to you. :)

Carolina Country Living

Kelli @ RTSM said...

May 27, 2011 at 5:05 am
I love hydrangeas! My mom has some dried ones that she has had forever, but I always assumed she bought them somewhere...maybe she dried them herself it it's that easy:) Now to find a friend who has a hydrangea plant!

Simplegirl said...

May 27, 2011 at 6:01 am
I just posted on my hydrangeas and now I know what to do with them when I clip them, thank you so much for this tip! Glad to have found you.

Lydia said...

May 27, 2011 at 7:13 am
Is there anything lovelier than a hydrangea?

slommler said...

May 27, 2011 at 9:04 am
I too love hydrangeas!! I will definitely bookmark this tip!! Water well and wait. Love it!

Connie Weiss said...

May 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm
I had no idea!!

I had light yellow hydrangeas in my wedding bouquet. Love them!

Alexis @ persia lou said...

May 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm
Hydrangeas are my faves, and I had no idea they dried so beautifully. Thanks!

Ange said...

May 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm
You know I"m loving this post, hydrangeas are so wonderful! :) Thanks for that great tutorial.

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

May 27, 2011 at 8:27 pm
Thanks for the tutorial. These are so expensive to buy but I hadn't tried drying my own!

Mary Ellen said...

May 27, 2011 at 10:32 pm
I love hydrangeas and would love to have some tips on how to grow them so that I would have some to dry!! I keep killing mine

Suesan said...

May 28, 2011 at 12:14 am
Years ago, my mom and her friend went out at night and swiped some hydrangeas from some poor unsuspecting home owner. She and her friend would tee-hee over their loot whenever they got together. Their dried hydrangeas lasted for years. I do not own a hydrangea bush, so I may have to take a page out of my mom's book. Don't worry. I'll make sure it's nice and dark before I go out.
Thanks for the tips on how to dry my soon-to-be-acquired hydrangea arrangement.

Vicki V @ said...

May 28, 2011 at 2:05 am
You must have read my mind, because I was just wondering how to dry my hydrangeas. Unfortunately, mine are probably almost done for this year, but wait until next year! I'm going to have huge dried bouquets (I hope).

Amy @ Keep'n The SunnySide said...

May 28, 2011 at 10:10 am
Thanks for the tute and tips. I have always loved the look of dried hydrangeas but had no idea how to go about it.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

May 28, 2011 at 5:46 pm
LOL!! Know what's so incredibly funny? I always display my hydrangeas with water at first but FORGET about them. And yeah, they always dried and I always felt, "Man, they still look good so I'm not throwing them out!"

Little did I know that by being lazy, I actually did a good thing. Awesome. :) GREAT tip!

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Just Jaime said...

May 29, 2011 at 12:48 am
Beautiful! These are my mom's favorite flowers, so this is great to know

Anonymous said...

May 29, 2011 at 3:04 am
That is how to do it. I discovered this by accident many years ago. And those hydrangeas are still in good shape.

Red, Blonde and Burlap said...

May 29, 2011 at 3:14 am
This is great! I love hydrangeas, but don't like buying them all the time. I'm definitely going to try this!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

May 29, 2011 at 3:55 am
Loving this tip Viv! I absolutely LOVE dried hydrangeas! I do place mine in water and love them everywhere in the house - but I am going to leave them now until they are fabulously dried too! Thanks for sharing this at FNF! :)

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

May 29, 2011 at 5:10 am
I've always wanted to do this, thanks for the tips. Thanks for linking this up to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

May 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm
Hydrangeas are probably the only dried flower I like. Yours are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing how you do it!

gail said...

May 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm
I love hydrangeas too! Mine didn't bloom very much last year. I should have moved it over the fall/winter. :(
love your dried ones!

Debra@Common Ground said...

May 30, 2011 at 7:50 pm
Gosh, who knew...? not me! I'll try that this year. I like your so much better! Thanks for sharing the inspiration at VIF! xo Debra

Cecily said...

May 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm
Holy smokes! It's like magic! You're brilliant! Thanks for the post!
32. said...

May 30, 2011 at 9:22 pm
ooh I am gonna try this, thanks

Kim @ It's a Crafty Life said...

May 31, 2011 at 12:13 am
Who would've thought? Can't wait to try it, thanks for linking it up!

Lindsey @ Inspiring Creations said...

May 31, 2011 at 5:49 pm
I wish I would have known this for my wedding bouquet! It was full of hydrangeas! Thanks for sharing. :)

Jennifer said...

May 31, 2011 at 11:20 pm
I love hydrangeas! Wish I would have known this after my wedding!

Beverly@southernhomesweethome said...

June 1, 2011 at 2:14 am
Thanks, I just posted this blog post on my blog. Wanted to let you know I love this hint and gave you credit for such a great hint!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

June 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm
Thanks so much for this tip! AND I DO have a neighbor who has bushes and bushes of these and every year asks if I want them! I did dry them hanging one year and was not happy with how they dried (now I know why!) so this year I will gladly take what they offer!

Johnnie said...

June 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm
Lovely. I have never done anything like this before, and I have an empty vase I have been wanting to display. Thanks!

iram said...

June 2, 2011 at 3:57 am
wow now that easy and the results are sooooo beautiful but too bad i cant find these flowers very easily hear in my area :(but i will keep my eyes open if i find some then i know what to do :) erum from arts crafts n hobbies

Fishtail Cottage said...

June 3, 2011 at 5:14 am
Wow - i never knew how...i tried to hang them upside down thinking that was the trick, but nope! Thank you for sharing. hope you link this post to Cottage Flora Thursday's so more folks can see how to do this!?! xoox, tracie

Liz said...

June 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm
This is a great post! You should link it up for Fresh-Cut Friday! :)


BeccaLynn said...

June 3, 2011 at 5:06 pm
Well how simple was that!
I will have to dry some this summer.

Your Hydrangeas are so beautiful!

Thanks for sharing.

Trudy said...

June 3, 2011 at 11:00 pm
Thank you so much for your great tips and hints!

A Lived in Home said...

June 4, 2011 at 2:52 am
They are my favorite and I never knew until now how to dry them properly! Thanks for the tips!

Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage said...

June 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm
Thanks!!! Last year I planted 6 hydrangeas; this year, I've planted 7 more! That's right 13 hydrangeas! Now, not all of them are blooming quite yet, but boy oh boy will it be pretty! I can't wait to have the house full of blooms. Plus I bought re-bloomers, so I have to cut to encourage new growth! Yippee!!

~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

Ladybird Ln said...

June 4, 2011 at 2:01 pm
What a fantastic tip, I have always wondered hwo they do that!


Foundinthe-ALI said...

June 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm
I just clipped some hydrangeas from the people I babysit for yesterday. I love hydrangeas. I'm so happy I can dry them!

Connie @ Measured by the Heart said...

June 5, 2011 at 12:30 am
I love this! Thank you so much for sharing! Now I just need some hydrangeas. --connie,

Karena said...

June 5, 2011 at 12:22 pm
Vivienne I adore hydrangeas and would never have known this. I probably would have hung them upside down to dry, Ha!

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Laura said...

June 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm
Thank you so much. I have some hydrangeas in a mason jar right now. I will just leave them be until they dry!

Brandi said...

June 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm
My hydrangeas are just starting to bloom. Thank you so much for your great tip.

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

June 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm
Thanks for the tip! I love hydrangeas!

Blessings from Cindy said...

June 6, 2011 at 2:25 am
I had never heard of drying hydrangeas this way. Thank you for sharing!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

June 6, 2011 at 11:46 pm
Hi Vivienne, Great post - this actually reminds me I need to add another hydrangea bush to the garden this year. Thank you so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party. I featured this on Sunday! Hope you have a lovely week ~ Stephanie Lynn

Mystica said...

June 7, 2011 at 3:12 am
Thank you for the tip.

Lori Alexander said...

June 7, 2011 at 11:29 pm
I have been trying this for several days and it isn't working. They just shrivel up after about 4 days. I am following directions exactly so I'm a bit disappointed!

Anonymous said...

June 8, 2011 at 7:04 pm
Like Lori, mine shrivel up -- with stems in the water -- after just a couple of days. Any idea why???

Terry H. said...

June 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm
I don't know anybody with hydrangeas, so now I am going to have to go out and buy a bush because these are so pretty. I love cut flowers in the house, and these will be so pretty this winter.

Sheri said...

June 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm
Thanks for the tutorial! I just bought 2 bushes and can't wait to try this! Tip *** Try adding food coloring to the water and the flower will take on that color, blue, red, etc. Fun to experiment! ***

The girl with the golden quill said...

June 9, 2011 at 4:41 pm
I love love love this! I have 3 bushes and can't wait to try this! Thanks so much! :)

Annalea said...

June 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm
If you want the color to stay truer, and the hydrangeas to be a bit more resilient, you can do the same thing but using glycerine instead of water. The flowers take it up, and it helps to preserve them.

But I like the water trick. I'm going to have to try it!

Junker Newbie Stephanie said...

June 20, 2011 at 9:35 pm
I had no idea it was so easy! thanks for sharing this :-)

Rebekah said...

June 21, 2011 at 2:34 am
This is awesome! My blue hydrangeas are blooming right now and I have been wanting to know how to dry them.

Hydrangea Girl said...

July 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm
Oh this is excellent. I'm hoping to have hydrangeas at our wedding, and it's looking like it will cost a fortune to buy fresh ones.

So trying this out starting this weekend.


city said...

August 3, 2012 at 2:46 am
thanks for sharing.

Teacup Mosaics said...

August 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm
I am off to the garden!!!!!

Julie & Larry said...

August 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm
I did this last year with hydrangeas from the garden. The flowers are very large and vary in colors on the same bush. I then used them all to stuff in between the branches of my christmas tree. It was gorgeous.

How to dry hydrangeasFunky Junk Interiors said...

June 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm
[…] can’t take credit for inventing this tip. Vivienne from The V Spot shared her version of how she dries hydrangeas with the water technique. After I read her post, I […]

Anne said...

June 10, 2015 at 1:55 pm
Always wanted to have dried hydrangeas to make wreathes for the doors: Christmas, Spring, Summer, Fall and so on. Now that I have the method to dry flowers and the bush right outside my window, I can go right ahead make my wreathes. Thank you for posting this

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