Have you seen those beautiful wreaths made with dried flowers? I absolutely LOVE them! But they are all over $50 and that just isn’t in my price range. So I just continue to drool over them in the catalogs. That is, until that one day, when I made this life changing discovery and found the absolute easiest way to dry hydrangeas!
It was fall and I had cut some hydrangea blossoms and carried them inside. I put them in a vase of water and set them on the mantel and promptly forgot about them. Three or four weeks later when I sat down in the living room for a breather (I had teenagers back then.) I saw that vase of flowers up on the mantel and realized how pretty they still looked! When I checked them out, I realized that the water was long gone, but the flowers themselves were drying beautifully.
I had NOT hung them upside down in a dark closet, nor had I covered them in a box of silica gel, or done any of the other numerous and respected ways of drying flowers. But it worked. Yes, I said it… doing NOTHING worked!
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After this glorious discovery, I cut more blossoms and brought them inside to dry by DOING NOTHING again!
Later I attached those perfectly dried rebel hydrangea blossoms to two grapevine wreaths and donated one to the school fall festival and hung the other in my home.
Take that you $50 wreaths!
If you’d like to try this Do Nothing method of drying hydrangeas, I do have a few tips for you:
- Strip the lower leaves off the stem
- Slit the bottom inch or two of stem to allow it to take in more water
- Place stems in water (rain water preferably)
- Forget them for several weeks and let them dry naturally
Give it a shot! You’ve got NOTHING to lose…
If you enjoyed this information on Drying Hydrangeas, you might also like to read the Easiest Way to Dry Herbs. You also might like to grab this FREE printable Favorite Perennial Herbs guide.