How to Dry Hydrangeas the Easy Way – In Only 3 Days

by Dagmar Bleasdale on October 9, 2015

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I added hydrangeas to the flower beds of our Blue Cottage in the spring, when I found them for only $16 each at Shop & Stop.

They looked so pretty in front of our porch! They were pink and light blue when I bought them.

Dagmar's Home, Blue Cottage, DagmarBleasdale.comThey dried up a bit when I was gone in Germany with L, and then I nursed them back to health a bit and they bloomed again.

Before they aren’t pretty enough anymore to dry them, I picked out the nicest blooms two weeks ago and cut about ten of them for drying.

They had turned this green color — I have no idea why they change colors, do you?

How to Dry Hydrangeas,

How to Dry Hydrangeas the Easy Way

Dry hydrangeas are so pretty but super expensive, so I wanted to see if I could dry them myself.

I looked up a few posts about it and decided to dry them how my mom dried roses: I simply removed all the leaves, bunched three or four hydrangeas together, and hung them upside down.

How to Dry Hydrangeas, DagmarBleasdale.comThe other method, to let them slowly dry in water, didn’t make much sense to me, plus it would take longer.

I was enjoying the bunches of drying hydrangeas in the kitchen and living room.

How to Dry Hydrangeas, DagmarBleasdale.comAfter only three days, my hydrangeas were dry!

How to Dry Hydrangeas,

How to Dry Hydrangeas, DagmarBleasdale.comI now use them for decoration on our fall mantel, and don’t they look pretty? I’m going to dry even more for the rest of the house.

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Adding hydrangeas to our front yard was definitely a great choice — it adds to the cute cottage look and I’ll always have a nice supply of beautiful flowers, fresh and dry.

I hope they bloom again next year and get much bigger in front of our porch. Our neighbor has a huge hydrangea bush in front of his house.

This is how I’d love them to look eventually!

hydrangeas iin front of cottage

Have you ever dried hydrangeas? Which method works best for you?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Audrey October 17, 2015 at 4:28 PM

Those are gorgeous! Wish they could grow where I live. Thanks for sharing on the #HomeMattersParty . I hope you will join us again next week.


Rose Garden Malevik October 17, 2015 at 4:24 PM

WOOW. Your Hydrangeas are just wonderful :)
You are welcome to join
Hugs from Håkan in Sweden


Cat @ Pocketful of Posies October 15, 2015 at 7:15 AM

Great tips! Thank you for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! I’m pinning your post!



Barb October 9, 2015 at 10:39 PM

Yes I have! I bring some in each year also some snowball blooms from our snowball bush. I have dried all sorts of things, herbs, flowers, etc. the same way. I have also arranged them in an old pottery vase and left them dry like that. They do about the same. Remember, never trim hydrangeas. They only bloom on “old” wood. I forgot one year while trimming and talking on the phone to a friend! No flowers the next year! Hope you have more blooms next year!


Dagmar Bleasdale October 11, 2015 at 9:58 PM

Hi Barb,

thank you so much for the tip about not trimming my hydrangeas!


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