Monday, 7 October 2013

How to Dry Hydrangeas - A Homemade Thrifty Christmas Post - A Bouquet of Hydrangeas

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A "bouquet" of dried Hydrangea flowers would make a stunning gift this Christmas and if you get started now it could cost you absolutely nothing other than your time but that's dependent on your choice of wrapping.

Hydrangeas couldn't be easier to dry. In fact they are so obliging that they can be left to dry on the shrub.
But, if you'd like petals with some colour that are a little  less crunchy you can dry them using the water dried method, it's very easy.

Simply cut your flowers with a 12" stem, strip the leaves and place in a vase in fresh water. Put them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and leave. When the water has  evaporated the flowers will have dried and be ready for you to wrap as you choose. How about:

Packaging some long stems in a box with tissue paper of flowers - so glamorous.
Wrapping a bouquet with vintage sheet music
a remnant of beautiful fabric
some newspaper or brown paper with a gorgeous bow.
Making an arrangement in a vintage vase found at the charity shop or car boot.
Using the heads to make a wreath.

Add a homemade tag, you could make one from a brown luggage label, and present!

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