DIY, Farmhouse Decorating

The Easy Guide to Drying Hydrangeas

Do you love hydrangeas as much as I do?  There is just something about these big beautiful bushes that scream simple country summers to me.  Maybe it’s the memory of the blooms that my Mom grew in those years that I lived at home.  Top it off with the first hydrangeas that I ever purchased and planted at my own home and the memories start to flood my mind.

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Did you know that you can enjoy hydrangeas long after their summer season is over?  It’s so simple to add them in to your fall decor by drying these beauties.  Now, friends, I don’t profess to be a gardening expert.  I do learn best by trial and error {and there have been many errors!}.  And if I can get this right, then you can as well.

Follow these simple steps and you too can enjoy decorating with dried hydrangea for months:

  • Cut the blooms at the right time.  Between the months of August and October are the best time to cut the blossoms.  The exact timing will depend upon your climate, but look for blooms that are slightly past their peak.  {Cutting them too soon will leave them wilty instead of perky.}

  • Give yourself 12+ inches of stem, depending upon how you plan to display them dried.  You can always cut off any extra stem length, so when in doubt, leave a longer stem.
  • Remove all leaves from the stem.
  • Place your cut blooms in vases {I prefer mason jars} with a few inches of water.  Set these out of direct sunlight.

  • Now you just go on with life and let these hydrangeas do their thing.  Basically it goes like this: you enjoy their pretty blooms and all the while the water is evaporating.  And then the magic continues and the hydrangeas dry out on their own.
  • After 2 weeks, you will notice that most {if not all} of the water has evaporated and the blooms are slowly becoming drier.

  • When your hydrangea are dry and you are ready to decorate with them, give each bloom a quick spray of aerosol hair-spray.  This helps to lessen messiness that dried hydrangeas may cause.

And that’s all their is to it, my friend!  Now get out there and cut your hydrangea blooms.  And if you don’t have any, find a friend that does!





  1. Got to say a big THANKS for this post, I could’nt believe my eyes when it popped up on my email, I have been wanting to do this and even tried once but failed, [didn’t know about the water bit ]…hopefully I can grab some and pray for a good result…cheers..x

    1. Leigh

      Janette! I am so excited that I could help you. And even more excited that you will have dried hydrangeas! This is about my perfect speed of gardening…cut, a little water, and forget about them. Ha!
      Have fun!
      Leigh ♥

  2. Love this tutorial!!! I remember my mom doing this and I need to do it, too!! Thanks, Leigh!!

    1. Leigh

      Yes, mom’s are so good at doing things like this. And then we grow up and want to be just like them! ♥ My sweet Momma actually dried all kinds of hydrangea as part of our fall wedding decor.
      Can’t wait to see how you style yours!
      Leigh ♥

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