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How to Dry a Hydrangea the Easy Way

Looking for ways to dry your hydrangea blooms? Learn how to dry a hydrangea the way with these simple tips.

With a few methods to drying hydrangeas out there, there is one method I use All. The. Time.


Because it’s the easiest.

And I’m sharing it with you today.

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Drying Hydrangeas

How to Dry a Hydrangea the Easy Way

As we head into fall, the growing season will start winding down.

Learning how to dry a hydrangea is a great way to preserve your garden during the winter months and add beautiful decor to your home.

How to Dry a Hydrangea the Easy Way
  • Allow the blooms to dry naturally on the plants (typically in August through October). They are ready when the petals look a little more vintage than bright and the flowers might feel a little papery.
  • Find some pretty blooms that meet this criteria and cut about 12-18″ long if you can.
  • Cut them at varying heights. It helps with the drying process when grouped together.
  • Remove all the leaves from the stems.
  • Grab a few glass jars or vases. I love to use mason jars for drying hydrangeas.
  • Fill each jar with about 2-3″ of water.
  • To dry hydrangeas well, don’t overcrowd the blooms in the jars so the get enough air circulation.
How to Dry a Hydrangea the Easy Way

As the water evaporates, the hydrangea blooms will start naturally drying. And that’s it!

Drying hydrangea flowers could not be any easier.

And once dry, they can last a really long time.

How to Dry a Hydrangea the Easy Way

Dried hydrangeas look great in home decor, wreaths, bouquets and other craft projects.

For best results, keep them out of direct light and humidity.

How to Dry a Hydrangea the Easy Way

Once dry, they will make great hydrangea centerpieces.

I have a few ideas for the vintage toolbox I’ve been using in my dining room.

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    1. You are welcome! I love how you decorated with those hydrangea blooms! I’m on the hunt for new vessels today at some antique stores! Woohoo!

  1. Hi Stacy, I have only one hydrangea plant,and it is in a pot, Ian afraid to put it in the ground because of the gofers, do you think it would be safe to put it in the ground and if so, when would be the best time to separate them and transplant them?
    I live on the central coast of CA.. in Salinas, in Monterey County. I am not sure of the zone.
    Thank you
    Wanda henson

    1. Hi Wanda! Have gophers damaged your hydrangeas before? I have a resident groundog who eats my other plants but leaves my hydrangeas alone.

  2. Stacy – you have no idea how timely this is! We’ve been renovating our gardens and just planted many hydrangeas. I love hydrangeas and I’m looking forward to extending the joy by drying them so they can be used year round. I appreciate all the reference links too … I’ll be heading down this rabbit hole and will soon be a hydrangea mama extraordinaire! xo

    1. Hydrangeas are so much fun! Last year my area had a huge problem with lack of blooms so that prompted the hydrangea series. I love drying them too! I just found a cool vintage crate this weekend for these as soon as they are dry! xoxo

  3. I love fresh and dry hydrangeas. I always let them dry on the plant, but never thought to bring a bunch inside. Such a great idea!

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