Do you have hydrangea blooms starting to change colors? This is the time to cut and dry them. Let me show you the Fall hydrangea garland I just made with some of my dried hydrangeas!
This was a great season for my hydrangeas! I wasn’t hopeful because we had the rainiest summer here in New Hampshire…July was miserable!! But let me tell you it ended up being amazing… there are so many giant blooms!!
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Last week, I cut a huge armful of my hydrangeas to bring in to dry. The method that I use is so easy. All I do is pop the stems in a vase with about 1½ inches of water and that’s it…as the water starts to evaporate the flowers will naturally dry out.
The best part of this is they keep their color and shape quite nicely!!
I wanted to put a Fall-ish garland over my kitchen windows. I conveniently forgot to take down the old supports for the valance that I had hanging there (months ago but let’s not tell anyone!) so it’s already set up to hold a garland.
That ugly light above my sink has been on my to-do list for over a year so while I’m at it I’m going to change that out too!!
How To Make A Hydrangea Garland
For the base of my garland I grabbed a magnolia garland at Michael’s. Can you believe that this is the first magnolia anything I’ve ever had! I never gave them much thought, probably because I can’t grow them here…
…But when I visited Waco and stayed at one of Chip & Joanna’s rentals they were everywhere…and so gorgeous!! You can check out everything about my visit to Magnolia Market and the Hillcrest Estate HERE.
I also bought 2 bunches of seeded eucalyptus from Trader Joe’s ($3.99 each).
First I draped the magnolia garland across the length of the windows. Securing each end over the curtain support that I had up already. You could tap in a nail to use for hanging a garland.
Then I tucked in pieces of the eucalyptus. When it dries out it will keep its shape and color.
I secured the eucalyptus in place with floral wire that I twisted onto the magnolia garland.
Once I had added pieces of the eucalyptus to the entire garland now it was time to fill it in with hydrangeas and a few floral picks.
I’m obsessed with these dried orange Fall picks from Michael’s They also have some with dried apples. They are super pretty and so real-looking! Grab them if you see them, they were on the wall in bins with all the Fall picks for wreaths. I made a wood bead wreath with the apple picks.
Last Christmas I dried oranges in the oven but it was 80° and the last thing I felt like doing was turning on the oven!!!
I added 4 of the orange picks. One on each corner then one in the center of the window.
Then I filled the garland in with hydrangeas.
To finish off the Fall hydrangea garland, I popped in some dried greens from my garden and a few crabapple berry clusters from my tree out front. The crabapple berries were staring at me right outside of my kitchen windows…
Thankfully Amazon arrived just in time with my new light fixture!! I took out the old one and replaced it with a black and glass pendant. My husband came home from work while I was standing on the kitchen counter putting in the last screw…he just shook his head, dropped his work stuff, and kept on going…at this point he’s not surprised by anything that I do!!!
Here’s the finished hydrangea garland…and my new light!! Side note, when I got my Echo dot during Amazon Prime Days it came with a smart lightbulb that syncs with Alexa but the old light fixture was LED and I couldn’t use the bulb.
I love the new light but I was psyched to be able to use that bulb!! Now I can tell Alexa to turn it on…plus it changes colors!! My husband was not as impressed with this as I was…
This week I’m the guest blogger on the Welcome Home Saturday Home decor tour with some amazing ladies! Check out all the Fall decorating ideas they are bringing to you this weekend!
cottage on bunker hill
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here are a few fun facts…
- I’ve lived in New England my entire life! Which is good beacause the beach is my favorite place to be…even in the winter I love to go breath in the salt air.
- I am an EARLY BIRD!!! I rarely sleep past 4…it’s my favorite time of day and those wee hours are my most productive. (plus, I LOVE coffee!!)
- I am a total Hallmark Christmas movie nut!! Seriously, I know, I know, they are a little sappy but they make me happy!