Dried Hydrangea Ideas

Posted by on September 27, 2013 in Crafts, Decor | 32 comments


 Dried Hydrangea Ideas:   Using dried hydrangeas is an inexpensive and easy way to decorate for fall. If you have hydrangea bushes in your landscape, you have access to wonderful dried material to use in so many ways. Let me show you a couple dried hydrangea ideas to use in your decor for this upcoming season.

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First, (in case you don’t know), let me show you how to dry these beautiful blooms. I have both Annabelle and PeeGee Hydrangeas. The Annabelle hydrangea turns a light shade of green when  it’s ready to be dried. Don’t try to dry them when they are white as it doesn’t work. They just wilt.

The PeeGee’s turn from white to a combination of pink and green. It is at the pink and green stage when you dry them. In our climate, we don’t have the beautiful blues, pinks or purple hydrangeas so I don’t know if those dry well or not!

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 Annabelle Hydrangeas

Cut them after they have turned green leaving a stem. Strip all the leaves off.

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I use rubber bands to group and hang my hydrangeas. Group about 4-6 together.


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Now, hang upside down (very important) in a dark area of your basement or garage. I pound a nail in and use the rubber bands to hang them over the nail.


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After about a week or so, they are ready to use in your arrangements. They will feel very much like  paper and the stems break easily.  Now the fun part starts…..

Use as a dried hydrangea bouquet……


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This next dried hydrangea idea I saw in a very upscale, designer floral store. I had the hydrangeas and tall glass container so I purchased the little dried pumpkins. Any dried contrasting colored material works, too! (pinecones?)

I recommend doing the assembly outside as the dried hydrangea blooms make a bit of a mess when you’re working with them!

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Fill 1/3 of the glass container with the dried hydrangeas and place 1/2 of the artificial pumpkins toward the outside of the glass container. Don’t waste putting them in the middle as they don’t show there.

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Repeat the pattern and end with the dried hydrangeas on the top!

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And the final product!!!

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And a smaller version……..


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Now, go and find some hydrangeas before it’s too late! If you don’t have any, drive around, find a bush, and ask a neighbor if you can cut some! They don’t last outside through the winter anyway!! You are not hurting the bushes by cutting them!

Toss them out when they are faded! You’ll have more next year!

I also use them on my Christmas tree as a filler between branches. It gives the tree a great look. I’ll post that later!


Thanks for stopping by…..


Have fun with your fall decorating!


Phyllis (Oma)


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  1. Love! Dried hydrangeas are so pretty! I wish I had access to them to decorate with! :) Thank you so much for linking up to our Fall Decor Party!!

    Melissa @ Shabby Love

    • You might take a drive, find a neighbor and ask to pick some! They come back the next year!

  2. Love the idea!

    Welcome to Bead&Cord Circle of friends. I have shared this onto our community. I am sure everyone will love it.

    Have a great day!

    • Thanks for sharing!

  3. The flowers are beautiful. I’m definitely gonna have to try this next year…pretty flowers 365 days. Thanks for linking up with us!

  4. Sooo pretty, I just pinned! That layered look with the mini pumpkins is just dreamy! Going to have to hunt down some friends with hydrangeas now! ;) Thanks for linking up at our fall party! Kim @ Exquisitely Unremarkable

  5. Beautiful. What great ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Just wondering if there is an improper place on the stem to cut it off the bush. I want the bush to come back just as lush next year. In other words, it won’t hurt just to cut anywhere will it?

    • Actually, for Annabelle, you can mow them down. Annabelle’s come back and regrow from the root. You can’t hurt the bush. For PeeGee, they get so long that I cut them back half way. They do not regrow from the root! Does this help?

  7. thanks for all the great ideas! I’m going to get those hydrangeas cut and put to use.

  8. I always associate hydrangeas with spring décor, not sure why. Thank you so much for sharing us how to dry them for ourselves.

    • Yes, I don’t know why the silk ones are in the spring! They don’t bloom here in the spring at all!

  9. What great ideas! Hydrangeas are so versatile.

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  10. I have already ben thinking about using them in my fall decorations this year and after reading your ideas, I am really excited about it. I have none myself but have several friends AND my husband getting me some. Where he works, there is a huge bush. I just love the way they enhance the fall oranges and reds! Thanks for posting all of your cool ideas!

    • You’re welcome! Glad you’re inspired!

  11. Ya know, I never thought about using those for decoration! Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist. Looking forward to seeing what you share this week.

    Mindie ~ http://bornagainfarmgirl.blogspot.com/

  12. Love the ones in the vase with the mini pumpkins! It looks fantastic!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    • I appreciate your nice comment! Thank you!

  13. I love the tall vase with the pumpkins. Lovely! This will be pinned to our “You’ve Inspired Us!” board. Thanks for linking up to Get Inspired :)

    • Thank you!!! I really appreciate it!

  14. Love your photos….hydrangeas are my favorite flower!

    • Appreciate the nice comment! Thanks for stopping by!

  15. My daughter in law has several HUGE bushes of these hydrangeas. I love them so much! Great tips! She also does a beautiful job decorating with them.

    • Awesome! Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Love your hydrangeas idea….I have a bunch of the peegee variety and 2 very small (brand new) blue variety…..my next purchases are definitely going to be the green.

    Thanks so much for sharing this :-)

    • Thank you! Have fun with your hydrangeas!

  17. So pretty!!
    I love the hydrangeas mixed with the pumpkins!

    • Thanks! Easy to do!

  18. We have the purple and pink here but I also have a white one.. I let mine dry on the bush most the way and now have them finishing up inside.. These are actually turning a parchment color and I plan on spray painting them … Yours are beautiful and your arrangement in the tall vase is gorgeous.. Found you through Homeworks link party…

    • Wish I had those colors. We are in zone 4 and the colored ones don’t survive! Gl!ad you like the arrangement! Thanks for your nice comments!

  19. Thanks for the tips, I love what you created in the vase with the dried pumpkins, great looking!

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