How to Make Dried Hydrangea Garlands

Hydrangeas are flowers that keep on giving; first as bold pom poms which bloom throughout the summer, then as dried, papery clusters that last into the fall. Recently Gardenista contributor Justine decided to prolong the life of a particularly beautiful purple blossom by fashioning it into not one, but two, autumnal garlands.

Photos by Justine Hand for Gardenista.

Above: The cool blue of the dried hydrangeas offsets the rich gilding of this frame.

Above: Justine’s original bouquet in the corner of her dining room. The white ones wilted, but the inky ones dried right in the vase, maintaining virtually all of their original color.

Above: According to Justine, all you need for this project is dried hydrangeas; floral wire, thread, or twine; and anything else you want. For one garland she chose scabiosa seed pods that she found at Whole Foods. (You can also buy a bunch of Dried Scabiosa Pods for $24.50 from Maison De La Croix via Etsy.) For the other she used some beechnuts discovered during a recent walk.

Above: Assembly couldn’t be easier: just wrap the wire around the blooms. Don’t worry about hiding it, because the gold is part of the composition. A similar spool of 24 Gauge Gold Floral Wire is $2.55 at Mardi Gras.

Above: By varying the amount of flowers and the spacing between your specimens, you can make your garland as lush or sparse as you want.

Above: The results: Framed in gold, Justine’s now-dried, purple hydrangea..

Above: Though still quite malleable, the stiff floral wire allowed me to give more structure to this garland, enhancing the sculptural quality.

Above: For her second garland, Justine went with a more delicate approach, opting for single hydrangea blooms instead of clusters. She simply tied silver thread around the flowers and nuts. A 10-meter spool of Pure Silver Thread is $2 from Darke Doings via Etsy.

Above: After about five minutes of tying, Justine’s finished garland adds a touch of fall to her mantel.

Above: Ephemeral bits of fall floating in the air cast playful shadows on the wall.

For more information on drying your hydrangeas, read  Dried Hydrangeas Two Ways.

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JL A.about a year ago

beautiful for this appropriate setting

Dimitris Dallis
Dimitris Dallis2 years ago

Photos, article, I like the Gardenistas Brothers :)

Mary T.
Mary T.2 years ago

Beautiful, will share with my creativity mother

Ana Marija R.
Ana R2 years ago

Thank you for inspiration.:)

Aud Nordby
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Patricia H.
Patricia H.2 years ago

thanks for sharing

Gloria picchetti
Gloria picchetti2 years ago

Dried hydrangeas are some of the most beautiful dried flowers. I would prefer that the flowers were closer together in an arrangement.

Nimue Pendragon
Nimue Pendragon2 years ago