Dried Hydrangea Garlands for Fall by

Issue 91 · Roadtrip · September 26, 2013

Dried Hydrangea Garlands for Fall

Issue 91 · Roadtrip · September 26, 2013

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 I decided to prolong the life (and my enjoyment) of a particularly beautiful purple blossom by fashioning it into not one, but two, autumnal garlands.

Photos by Justine Hand for Gardenista.

hydrangea bouquet, gardenista

Above: My original bouquet sporting an unusual purple hydrangea graces the corner of my dining room. The white ones just wilted, but the inky ones dried right in the vase, maintaining virtually all of their original color. 

hydrangea garland materials, Gardenista

Above: All you need for this project is dried hydrangeas; floral wire, thread, or twine; and anything else you want. For one garland I chose scabiosa seed pods that I 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 I used some beechnuts discovered during a recent walk. 


making hydrangea garland, Gardenista

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

making hydrangea garland 2: Gardenista

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. Here, I wanted something a little more modern and sculptural, so I left a lot of wire showing. 

finished hydrangea garland, Gardenista

Above: The results: Framed in gold, my now-dried, purple hydrangea still adds beauty to this corner.

hydrangea garland detail 2, Gardenista

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

hydrangea garland detail 3: Gardenista

Above: The dried hydrangeas barely lose any of their rich hue.

hydrangea garland detail 4; Gardenista

Above: The papery scabiosa seed pods proved the perfect modernist complement to the more romantic hydrangeas.

hydrangea garland detail ; Gardenista

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

making hydrangea beechnut garland: Gardenista

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

finished hydrangea beechnut garland, Gardenista

Above: After about five minutes of tying, my finished garland adds a touch of fall to my mantel.

finished hydrangea beechnut garland detail, Gardenista

Above: These garlands are as delightful up close as they are farther away.

finished hydrangea beechnut garland 2, Gardenista

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

N.B. For more information on drying your hydrangeas, read Michelle's Dried Hydrangeas Two Ways.

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