Making hydrangea wreaths is a very easy project and costs so much less than a store bought wreath. Mine cost $6.99 and about an hour of my time, and I’ll be able to use the straw ring for another project later.
DIY Hydrangea Wreath
My hydrangea flowers were a different color this year. Last year they were pinkish and ended up sort of a purple color when they dried.
This year my bushes had bright blue flowers that ended up aging to a purple and pale green color. Nature is so amazing!
Hydrangea color change is always something that surprises gardeners. There are ways to get the colors you want. Check out this article to find out how to change your hydrangea colors.
The trick on making hydrangea wreaths is timing. If you pick them too soon, they will just wither, but if you wait until a hard frost, it will kill them.
I pick mine when the temps get cooler and the color has started to change. Mine were a mix of burgundy and pale green.
Hydrangea flowers make great wreaths because they dry so beautifully and don’t wilt when displayed like other flowers might.
1. You will need a lot of hydrangea flowers to cover a wreath about 14 -16 inches. I filled this basket and had to go back for a few more.
2. Gather your supplies. You will need your hydrangea flowers, a straw wreath ring, some wire wrapped ribbon for a bow and some floral pins. Be careful unwrapping the ring.
The straw is tied with fishing wire and you don’t want to cut it or you will have straw all over the place. (don’t ask me how I know this!)
My supplies cost me $6.99. ($1 for the bow and $5.99 for the ring. I had the pins on hand.)
3. You will need to trim your stems to about 1 inch long and remove the leaves.4. Floral pins will be holding your hydrangea branches in place on the straw ring.5. Insert the pins over the stem above a leaf node and insert it into the straw ring.6. Close up of my colors. I pinned some burgundy and then some green for variety.7. Close up of where to place the floral pin.8. Alternate your colors for a variegated look. Continue doing this all round the straw wreath ring.
When you get to the bottom middle…add some extras to cover the straw. Do the same on the right side back so the straw will now show when you open your door.
9. Make a hand made floral bow and tie it around the top center of the wreath and fluff it up.
To see my tutorial for hand made floral bows, please see this article. I chose a blue ribbon that was similar to the colors of my original hydrangea flowers. (and also because it was $1 in Michael’s mark down bin!)
10. Hang your hydrangea wreath on your front door for a lovely autumn greeting for your guests.
Have you made wreaths using flowers from your garden? What was your experience?