Hydrangea Wreath–for less than $2.00!

A garden would not be southern if not for hydrangeas. The sunset shades of pink, purple, and blue add early summer color to gardens fading from spring’s early sunshine. Hydrangea blossoms last for days inside when arranged in a vase filled with water or  you can enjoy them forever when you attach  them to a simple straw wreath and allow the flowers to dry in place.  I purchase these straw wreaths from Goodwill or other thrift stores for around .50 to $1.00.

I prefer a straw wreath, but you can buy a wire wreath form and fill it in with moss. Be sure and stuff it very full and tight to give you resistance when pushing the pins in. Wreaths come in a multitude of sizes and shapes and provide you with lots of options.

The other item you’ll need is floral pins. You can pick up a 2 ounce package of these u-shape pins for $1.47. I found mine at Hobby Lobby, but any craft store should have them.

Next you’ll need your flowers. I have several choices of colors in my garden and decided to go with blue as the core color with a hint of pink for added interest. Cut blossoms from your hydrangea bushes or you can purchase cut blooms at local grocery stores. I’ve found them at Whole Foods, Publix, and Bi-Lo here in the upstate of South Carolina. If you don’t have hydrangeas available, you can use roses instead.

Although I didn’t use it in this wreath, you might want to gather some baby’s breath. I keep mine from the floral arrangements I’ve been given, and also plant Euphorbia each year in containers. It dries beautifully and looks great in cut arrangements. I also use raffia and shear ribbon (in a complimentary color to my blossoms) to make  a decorative hanger.


Here’s the easy steps to making your wreath:

 

  1. Cut stem and remove all leaves from hydrangea bloom. The leaves do not dry pretty!2. Since I had just one variegated stem, I divided it into thirds. You can cut the blossom apart or simply pull off the sections at the base of those stems.  If you want one big pop of color, place the whole blossom in the center.       

3. Decide on your color scheme. If you are utilizing different colors, you’ll want to space them symmetrically. Simply lay them on the wreath in the pattern you’re considering. In this case I was using one stem (divided into three) of a variegated bloom with lighter tones. I placed the three variegated divided blooms on the top third of the wreath pacing them at the 10, 12, and 2  o’clock positions. I did not anchor them.

4. Begin your layer of color to the left or right side of center and lay a bloom onto the top side of the form, stem to one side. Anchor it with a u-shaped floral pin. It’s important to anchor the blossom underneath the blooms and over enough of the stem to secure it.  Secure the next blossom adjacent to the one you’ve anchored. Continue your way around the top side of the wreath leaving no space between the blooms. 

5. Before placing your final blossoms at the top, cut a piece of raffia to the length you’d like your wreath to drop, double it, and add an inch or two to account for the diameter of the wreath. Weave the  raffia through the center of the wreath and bring both ends of the piece to above the wreath in equal lengths. Tie a knot abut the straw at the top of the wreath leaving the two ends loose. Then tie the loose ends together. You now have a loop to hang your wreath. Be sure and measure the length before tying off the ends..

6. Create a bow out of any wired ribbon you have on hand in a complimentary color.To make a quick bow, fold ribbon back and forth, twisting your ribbon in the middle and reversing the ribbon on each turn. Pinch the ribbon together in the middle with your fingers. After making the number of loops you’d like, secure the middle with a piece of floral wire or a paperclip if floral wire isn’t readily available. I used a paperclip today. Fluff out your bow and attach it to your hanger at the top of the wreath, covering the tie at the top. You’re ready to hang.

This wreath cost me $1.97 and a little of my time.

Uses for your hydrangea wreath include:

  • A centerpiece for your table. Place various height pillar candles inside the center of the ring.
  • A handmade gift. Everyone loves a gift from your own hands.
  • A decorative wall hanging.
  • Decorations for the backs of chairs for bridal showers, luncheons, or wedding.  You can find small wreath forms that would be perfect. Hang them using tulle wrapped around the back of  each chair.

Now, you tell me.  What uses can you think of for your hydrangea wreath? Enjoy!

  1. Cathee, 08 July, 2011

    Jo Rae

    I just looked through your craft pics this morning and they are so beautiful. I got lots of ideas. You are the bomb, girl! This wreath is so gorgeous. I posted it on my FB.

    Cathee

  2. jorae, 08 July, 2011

    Thank you, Cathee. God is so good and it’s only through Him that I can do anything. I’m so grateful. Thanks for sharing with others. I appreciate it! 🙂

  3. Kita, 01 September, 2011

    Jo Rae,

    Your blog is really interesting with good writing that’s easy to read. . . it’s worthy enough to share with my friends and family! I especially enjoyed reading about your visit at the Women of Faith Conference. Thanks for the honest perspective and inspirational messages.

    Keep on, keeping on!

    Kita

  4. jorae, 01 September, 2011

    Thanks so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  5. Heather Harshman, 19 October, 2011

    The pictures really help me to visualize how to do this – great idea. Now I just need to plant some hydrangeas so I don’t have to purchase them. They will be a welcome addition to our yard.

  6. jorae, 20 October, 2011

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the hydrangea wreath project. You won’t regret adding them to your garden. They add so much color as well as leave you the blossoms to play with!

  7. Stephanie, 06 April, 2012

    This is a beautiful wreath! About how many blooms did it require to make?

  8. jorae, 07 April, 2012

    Thank you, Stephanie. Unfortunately, I have no idea. I cut hydrangeas for drying all the time so I just used several stems and divided them, used floral pins to attach, and inserted them on the wreath to my liking. I imagine it would depend on the size of your blooms and wreath form. Good luck!

 

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