How to make a dried hydrangea wreath

I am very excited to introduce my very first guest blogger here at Apartment Apothecary! The lovely Tamsyn has a passion for all things vintage and shares all her beautiful finds over on her blog, The Villa on Mount Pleasant. She also loves shabby chic style and is the co-owner of  The Rustic Rose, beautiful French style hand-painted furniture. I saw a tweet she wrote about collecting hydrangeas to dry and I jumped at the chance to ask her to show us how to make a dried hydrangea wreath. I can not wait to make my own! Over to you, Tamsyn…

Hello everyone! My name is Tamsyn and I blog over at The Villa on Mount Pleasant.  I was so delighted that Katy asked me to write a guest post for Apartment Apothecary, as her blog is such an inspiration to me! Here’s my tutorial for making a hydrangea wreath…

Hydrangeas can be bought cheaply enough from markets or car boot fairs, and it’s worth getting a couple to plant out in the garden, as the flowers turn beautiful faded colours in September, and look fantastic dried and placed in big zinc florist buckets.  If you don’t have any dried hydrangea heads, you could use ivy, dried roses, berries, pine cones, seed heads, artificial flowers – anything really!

Dried Hydrangea wreath tutorial

You will need:

A natural rattan wreath (I got mine from Hobbycraft)

Dried hydrangea heads

Thin pliable wire

Ribbon of your choice

Scissors

Dried Hydrangea wreath tutorial

Tutorial:

1. Take your dried hydrangeas, and trim the stalks right down to the flower heads.  I roughly planned out my wreath by placing the heads on the wreath, and working out where I wanted to put them according to colour and shape.

2. Cut a length of wire approximately 30cm long.  Thread it through the flower head just above the cut stalk, and then attach the head to the wreath.  Wrap the wire round the wreath and twist it together at the back to fasten it.  Don’t trim the wire yet, as you may decide you want to take it off and reposition your flower once you have more heads on.

Dried Hydrangea wreath tutorial

Dried Hydrangea wreath tutorial

3. Work your way around the wreath fastening your heads on with the wire.  As I didn’t have quite enough full heads to complete my wreath, I used smaller heads clustered together to fill the gaps.

Dried Hydrangea wreath tutorial

4. Once my wreath was covered I had some smaller gaps to fill, so I took some of my large individual petals, and twisted the top of a piece of wire approx 15cm long around the stalk.  I then threaded  the wire through from the top of the wreath through to the back, and fastened by twisting it round the rattan.  Berry sprigs would look lovely dotted around too, using this method.  At this point, I kept my wreath looking quite rustic – maybe I could have trimmed some of the heads a little to make more of a perfect circle shape, but I didn’t want  to get in a tizz about it – rustic is good!

Dried Hydrangea wreath tutorial

Dried Hydrangea wreath tutorial

5. Finally, cut a piece of ribbon, and choose where you would like the top of your wreath to be.  A wide piece of vintage lace would look lovely too.  Thread the ribbon through the rattan and tie in a knot to make a large loop.

Dried Hydrangea wreath tutorial

Thank you so much Tamsyn for being my first guest blogger! This is such a beautiful idea and definitely one I am going to try for Christmas.

Make sure you drop by Tamsyn’s blog for lots of vintage inspiration.

Katy x

 

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12 Comments

  1. Milly 19th November 2013 / 9:06 am

    How beautiful! I had no idea you could hydrangeas like this. This will make such a lovely xmas decoration for my front door. Thank you!

    • katy 19th November 2013 / 4:10 pm

      Glad you like it, Milly 🙂

    • katy 19th November 2013 / 4:10 pm

      No, Tamsyn is so clever! I need to get to work on mine!

  2. Lino 19th November 2013 / 5:46 pm

    This wreath is so beautiful. Thanks for the inspiring idea! I will be making one for my mom this Xmas! Keep em’ coming katy!!

    • katy 19th November 2013 / 5:55 pm

      That’s a nice idea to make it for your mum. Hope she likes it 🙂

  3. Penny 19th November 2013 / 5:57 pm

    Love it but how do you keep blue hydrangea blue…clever girl.

    • katy 19th November 2013 / 6:33 pm

      I’ll have to get Tamsyn to answer that one!

    • Tamsyn 19th November 2013 / 6:43 pm

      Hi Penny! Ok, I have both bluey-purple and pink hydrangea in my garden, and to keep the bluey ones their colour, I use some hydrangea colourant granules that I got from my local garden centre, although due to my soil they tend to be more purple. I’ve only used my bluey-purple heads in this tutorial – the granules are fab and really do work, you sprinkle them round the base and fork it in. Hope this helps! 🙂
      Tamsyn

  4. Helen 19th November 2013 / 8:22 pm

    Such a beautiful wreath, and a great tutorial – thanks for sharing, Helen

    • katy 19th November 2013 / 8:48 pm

      Thanks for the comment Helen. Bet you’ve got a stock of Hydrangea plants where you live! Hope you’re well x

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