Hello! Happy Spring to you!
I think it's spring at least. It snowed here today. But not enough to stick. The feet of snow in my yard has melted to inches and there are actually some spots where you can see the grass. I can also see promising little green buds in the gardens that aren't flooded or still covered with snow.
I've been wanting a dried hydrangea wreath FOR. EV. ER
And I've been saving dried hydrangeas for six years.
I cannot tell you why I've never made one.
Now I know there are lots of good reasons not to make one.
At least not to make one like I did.
First I tried to use a wire wreath form.
You see dried hydrangeas are just that.
And if you put any pressure on them at all they break.
I needed a new plan.
I was trying to use what I had so I pulled out a straw wreath form from my stash. Then I wired some floral sticks to the stems and stuck them in the wreath form.
Only about 1/3 of the blooms broke off.
I also used some floral pins - those are u-shaped pins that you can pin stuff to the form with.
These worked the best.
Then I kept at it, finding one way or the other to get the hydrangea blooms attached.
It was a MESS.
Dried petals everywhere.
It's a wonder any petals are actually attached to the wreath.
No less than 100 petals fell off just while I was trying to hang the dang thing.
And I'm a little worried that a really windy day will tear it apart.
But I have one.
I have a dried hydrangea wreath.
I have a plan for trying this again.
I'm going to make it in the fall when I cut all the blooms for drying. I'm going to put them in some floral foam - the kind you soak in water and it waters the flowers (I think there is a name for that stuff, but I can't think of it and am too lazy to look it up). Then the blooms will dry on the wreath and be much prettier.
In my mind this is the perfect solution.
So until fall - or until this wreath disintegrates or blows away....
Orange you glad I didn't say Quickfire Hydrangea?!
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