Hydrangeas are gorgeous, but they only bloom for a short period of time. This year, use dried hydrangeas to create a gorgeous floral wreath that can be displayed year-round.
Read step by step instructions after the video.

If you're like us, you love having a vase of fresh hydrangeas on the counter in the summer—and now you can enjoy the bright colors and unique shape of this flower all year! We'll show you how to cut and dry hydrangeas while they're in season, and then how to use the dried blooms to decorate an inexpensive grapevine wreath form. This handmade wreath is easy to make and as long as you're gentle while handling it, and can be displayed for years to come.

  • Working time 30 mins
  • Start to finish 30 mins
  • Difficulty Easy

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

trimming stem off hydrangea blooms
Credit: Jacob Fox
inserting hydrangea stem into wreath form
Credit: Jacob Fox
Step 1

Prepare blooms

If you have access to fresh hydrangeas, follow our easy tutorial to learn how to dry fresh flowers. If you don't want to go the DIY route, you can also purchase dried flowers from crafts stores or flower shops. Once you have the dried hydrangeas, trim the stems so they're an easy length to work with. We found 6-inch stems worked best. Starting on one side, weave each bunch of dried flowers through the twigs of the grapevine wreath form; since the flowers are so delicate, work gently and take your time. 

using garden wire to create loop for wreath
Credit: Jacob Fox
applying hot glue to hydrangea clusters for wreath
Credit: Jacob Fox
Step 2

Secure flowers

Work your way around the wreath form, weaving bunches through the grapevine to hold them in place. Secure the stems to the wreath with florists wire. Simply loop it around the wreath and twist to secure. Once you've worked your way around, add smaller hydrangea flowers to fill in any gaps. If needed, you can use hot glue to keep the flowers in place.

spraying hydrangea wreath with coat of valspar
Credit: Jacob Fox
hydrangea blooms wreath hanging on door
Credit: Jacob Fox
Step 3

Spray and display

Once the blooms are securely attached to the wreath, spray it with a clear sealant to protect and preserve the color of the flowers. Wait for the sealant to dry completely before using a wire loop to hang the wreath on a heavy-duty hook or nail. To store your finished wreath, cover it gently with a trash bag and hang it the back of a closet. To display, simply unwrap the wreath.

By BH&G Crafts Editors

    Comments (1)

    How difficult was this project?
    Better Homes & Gardens Member
    January 26, 2022
    Better Homes & Gardens Member
    September 12, 2019
    Difficulty: Kind of Easy
    It looks lovely, but I've grown and dried hydrangeas of several colors for many years, and they all turn brown after a few months. I actually haven't made this, but I had to check off one of the above comments to be able to post.

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