August 20, 2011

Hydrangea Wreath







Today I was browsing Ucreate....one of my favorites sites for creative ideas when I saw this wreath from Viv & Company....




Well....I fell in love with that wreath.  The only problem???  Vanessa admits that the wreath is a little pricey because she uses faux flowers.


But then I remembered that I have some of these in my yard...




So I dove into my craft bin and found this wreath that I made and then hid for St. Patrick's Day.....




Reasons for hiding wreath are obvious....it was UGLY!  Another one of my "oops!" ideas!  So I cut some stems of hydrangea, grabbed my glue gun and started ripping apart the wreath...


Then, I ended up not even gluing the stems.....I just wedged them between the pieces of my wreath and rearranged until it was symmetrical.




And I am loving the result!



Now.....I'm not sure what's going to happen as these dry.  The best hydrangeas that I ever dried were by accident.  I cut them, forgot about them and ended up leaving them for a month or so and they looked great!



I'm hoping that this happens with the wreath.  Viv from The V Spot suggests drying hydrangeas like  this.


Hopefully, a week from now my wreath still looks like this....





I'll let you know....



Update:  I'm updating this to say that it worked!!  The flowers have dried perfectly on my front door and it is as pretty today as the day I first put it together!

40 comments:

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

You should take day-to-day photos so we can see what happens! I tried the method Vivien gave -- it didn't work for me . . . they just wilted and shriveled up. Oh well, I think drying is still the best method. I remember spraying dried flowers with hairspray to preserve them when I was a kid . . . wonder if that would work?

carol ann @http://carolannbychance.blogspot.com/ said...

Beautiful! The green color looks great on your door, too:)

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

This looks fab! I'm curious to see how they dry too! :)

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

the wreath looks beautiful. i love these flowers!

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

Those are my favorite flowers EVER! I l love this!

Jessica Curry said...

That is beautiful! Great work and idea!

Lil Mama Stuart said...

beautiful first picture

Mary-Sweetwater Style said...

I have a wreath like this that is 6 years old...yours is sure to last! Sometimes I dry my hydrangeas in water with a little glycerine added. The glycerine helps the blossoms dry without getting "crispy". Then the flowers don't crumble. Worth a try!
Love your post.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Hi Nicole! I love your hydrangea wreath ~ so pretty! I'm following along. Looking foeward to getting to know you!

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

Yours Is gorgeous!! Love it.. I did one last year (B4 Blog) in red fake hydrangea...it was expensive and one day it rained so bad the red bled onto the concrete and stained it! lol..

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

Hey all....just a quick update...they are drying perfectly! :)

Suzy Myers said...

Beautiful!!

Carolyn said...

Gorgeous wreath! I love it.

Johnnie said...

You and your lovely wreaths!

Candy said...

I love this! I have some dried hydrangeas from my garden in my kitchen that look great. Our hydrangea bush had TONS of blooms this year so I think I may make a wreath. Thanks for the inspiration!

Modern Cameo

Madison said...

Oh my! My recent love of hydrangeas means I absolutely ADORE this wreath. Thanks so much for sharing! Love love it! :)

Terry said...

That's awesome. Maybe an update picture of the dried version? It is gorgeous!!

JULIE said...

beautiful! i'm totally doing this!!!! thanks

Natasha in Oz said...

Wow, your wreath looks fabulous! I am waiting for summer to arrive here in Australia so my hydrangeas will start flowering. When they do I will be making a wreath like this for sure!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

ritajoy @harbourbreeze said...

I've been thinking about this ever since you posted it. In fact, you inspired me to pick some hydrangeas the other day and just plunk them into a vase - I thought perhaps they might dry beautifully. Hmm...they didn't! Tee Hee. I'm so glad yours are faring better than mine did.

Madigan at madiganmade said...

It looks beautiful now! Love the green color against your door, too.

Jasey @ Jasey's Crazy Daisy said...

Just thought I'd let you know that I pinned this!

Happy Day,
Jasey @ Jasey's Crazy Daisy

Cap Creations said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

I LOVE your wreath! So beautiful! There is something about that lovely green that always catches my eye :) Great Job!

visiting from French Country Cottage link party

Laura said...

This looks so beautiful!!

Paula said...

Beautiful! It's great that you were able to make this with flowers from your yard. I am tired of what's on my door right now and may try to make a version of your idea for my door today. Thanks for the inspiration!

Michelle @ Loving Every Second said...

I heart this wreath! Like, a lot! I LOVE hydraneas - they are one of my favorite flowers. Gorgeous wreath!!!

Stopping by from The Weekend Wrap-Up :)

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

So pretty! I never thought of using the real deal. Looks just like the V & Co. one does!

Jeanne said...

Thanks for this! I just cut my hydrangeas this weekend. Nice timing! over from DD.
xo jeanne.
www.beeskneesbungalow.com/

Jessa Smith said...

This is just gorgeous! I love hydrangeas!

~Jessa
www.jessajill.blogspot.com

Brandy J. said...

I just found your blog and am your newest follower. I love this wreath. I'll take two. :)

Rose and Heather said...

Gorgeous!
We would love to have you come link up to our party, Crafty Lassie Tuesday.
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We are having a giveaway! Hope to see you there :)
Thanks!
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Jenny said...

So lovely! I love it!

Jenny
http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com

Mandy said...

Nicole - followed you over from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. Thank you for sharing your hydrangea wreath! It's gorgeous. Heading out to my yard to get my dried ones before the gardener comes tomorrow.

www.projectqueen.org

Ashlee@CapernaumHome said...

Ooooo pretty, hydrangeas are my favorite. Will be doing this soon!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

This is my favorite flower...so you know I love it!!!

Blessings,
Linda

The Corson Cottage said...

Very cute!!! I'm heading out to my hydrangea bush right now to make my own! I stopped by from Thrifty Decor Chick link party.

Designed by Dawn Nicole said...

I adore hydrangeas! I love, love, love this wreath! So pretty and Springy! :)

silkflowers said...

Amazing wreath. I love this !

Anonymous said...

For those with plans towards hydranga wreath making...try to pick them when they are somewhat dry to the touch like paper that way they will dry easy and last longer
hair spray is not as good as picking a little later, September/October
you will be glad you did.

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