It is easy to learn how to dry hydrangeas at home. Dried hydrangeas are perfect for making wreaths or simply adding to your home decor. Get the step by step tutorial and start making your own today!
When we bought our new home in Georgia last summer I was so happy to find four gorgeous mature hydrangeas in the yard. Hydrangeas are my absolute favorite flower. As we add to the landscaping we’ve even gone so far as to add six more that will hopefully one day produce as many blooms as the ones we have now.
Not only do I love hydrangeas for flower arrangements, I also like to dry them to use for crafts like wreath making. I’m often asked how to dry hydrangeas and it honestly couldn’t be easier! Here are a few of my favorite methods for drying hydrangea flowers.
How to air dry hydrangeas
You want to clip your hydrangeas when they are starting to fade but not yet dry. Not only does this help your plant divert it’s energy to more growth but it helps ensure your hydrangea flowers don’t wilt as they dry. Look on the stem for the highest new buds and clip just above that mark.
Like I shared years ago in this post about how to keep hydrangeas from wilting, I dunk my stem in alum to prevent the plant from forming a sticky barrier on the stem that will cause it to wilt. Then I place the stems in a vase or mason jar out of direct sunlight with about a cup of water and wait.
Yes, just wait for the stems to dry naturally on their own, refreshing the water as needed! This usually takes about 2 weeks.
I keep them on display while they are drying-aren’t they pretty? (I built that wood centerpiece way back in the early days of the blog in 2013!)
How to dry hydrangeas with glycerin
For a softer, more touchable dried hydrangea you can also dry them with glycerin. Prepare the hydrangeas just as before but place them in a vase of 2 parts water to 1 part glycerin.
The water/glycerin mixture will be drawn into the plant and as the water evaporates through the petals, the glycerin will remain causing them to dry softer. You can also experiment with adding a drop or two of food coloring to the glycerin mixture to influence the shade of the dried hydrangea.
Drying hydrangeas with hairspray
One final tip: once the hydrangeas are dried, give them a good spraying with aerosol hairspray. This helps keep those littler florets from falling off the flower so easily!
Once dry you can use them to make wreaths, arrangements, or whatever your hydrangea-loving heart desires!