The secret to drying hydrangeas... with no wrinkled petals in sight!


If you aren't yet drying hydrangeas, you're missing a wonderful decor accessory that can last you the entire year through!

But there is a secret to getting them to dry wrinkle free... the pictures tell the story followed with some inspiring projects to try.
Do you grow hydrangeas in your own yard? What colour are yours? What do you do with them?




Hydrangeas can look like this all year around. I love using them because their blooms are so abundant and quickly brighten up spaces.
Hydrangeas can look like this all year around. I love using them because their blooms are so abundant and quickly brighten up spaces.
The best time to harvest is in the fall when the petals start to get slightly crispy. You want some of the moisture content diminished for this to work best.
The best time to harvest is in the fall when the petals start to get slightly crispy. You want some of the moisture content diminished for this to work best.
And here's the secret. Set your blooms in water, and leave them be until the water is evaporated. The flowers will then be dried out. The water keeps the petals in their original shape.
And here's the secret. Set your blooms in water, and leave them be until the water is evaporated. The flowers will then be dried out. The water keeps the petals in their original shape.
It's best to leave the booms right where you display them so they don't crumble once brittle.
It's best to leave the booms right where you display them so they don't crumble once brittle.
I came across this secret tip by accident. I couldn't figure out why my cut hydrangeas looked awesome AFTER they ran out of water, until I saw this post: http://www.thevspotblog.com/2011/05/drying-hydrangeas-its-so-easy.html
I came across this secret tip by accident. I couldn't figure out why my cut hydrangeas looked awesome AFTER they ran out of water, until I saw this post: http://www.thevspotblog.com/2011/05/drying-hydrangeas-its-so-easy.html
You can also display them without the water IF the petals are dry enough beforehand. Here's how I displayed hydrangeas in an old dresser... http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/2012/09/dried-hydrangea-dresser-outdoors.html
You can also display them without the water IF the petals are dry enough beforehand. Here's how I displayed hydrangeas in an old dresser... http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/2012/09/dried-hydrangea-dresser-outdoors.html
Here's a 5 minute hydrangea wreath to make... http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/2012/10/2-make-hydrangea-wreath-in-5-minutes.html
Here's a 5 minute hydrangea wreath to make... http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/2012/10/2-make-hydrangea-wreath-in-5-minutes.html
Here are some left on the bush through winter. Earth tones are fun to play with too! http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/2013/02/a-chalkboard-burlap-and-twine-bulletin.html
Here are some left on the bush through winter. Earth tones are fun to play with too! http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/2013/02/a-chalkboard-burlap-and-twine-bulletin.html
And here's a Hometalk hydrangea clipboard for even more inspiration! http://www.hometalk.com/b/725550/hydrangea-heaven
And here's a Hometalk hydrangea clipboard for even more inspiration! http://www.hometalk.com/b/725550/hydrangea-heaven
You can also visit a hydrangea link party where bloggers can link up their own hydrangea projects! Visit at: http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/2013/04/party-junk-182-hydrangeas.html
You can also visit a hydrangea link party where bloggers can link up their own hydrangea projects! Visit at: http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/2013/04/party-junk-182-hydrangeas.html
Funky Junk Interiors - Donna

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