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How to dry hydrangeas

how to dry your hydrangeas

If there was a flower that exuded summer and coastal aesthetic its hydrangeas. I picture beautiful coastal homes with lush hydrangeas in vibrant blues and pinks and purples. Did you know that you can dry out your hydrangeas to use them in your decor all year long? Scroll down to see how to dry hydrangeas.

And if you’re loving the coastal vibe, click here to check out the Coastal Grandmother aesthetic that’s trending.

How to dry hydrangeas

Our hydrangeas exploded this year! I have strawberry vanilla hydrangeas and limelight and the colors were just gorgeous!

How to dry your hydrangeasHow to dry your hydrangeas

Late August-October is the perfect time to harvest them to dry out so you can enjoy them all year long. You’ll notice that the hydrangeas start to dry out a little on their own and become almost papery and a little crunchy in texture. You’ll also notice the color beginning to deepen and they start to look a little vintage. This is the best time to cut them.

How to dry your hydrangeas

Now you absolutely can just cut them and bring them in and allow to dry on their own or hand them upside down. But this is my favorite method below. I find that it yields a nicer color.


How to dry your hydrangreas

1.) Cut your stems so they are about 12 inches long.

2.) Remove all of the leaves from the stems.

3.) Place them in a vase of about 1-2 inches of water.

4.) Place the vase out of direct sunlight and allow the water to evaporate (about 1-2 weeks). This will naturally dry out your hydrangeas.

How to dry your hydrangeas

You can arrange your dried hydrangeas in vases, baskets or even make a dried hydrangea wreath. The muted tones are beautiful all year long!


My door basket below is sold out but here is a similar one I’ve linked below.

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How to dry your hydrangeas

If you like decorating with door baskets, click here to see this one I made for spring/Easter.

Dried hydrangeas also look gorgeous in a wreath. I like to use this wire wreath frame, click here.


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How to dry your hydrangeas

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  • Reply
    Robyn H
    October 11, 2021 at 8:59 am

    talk about perfect timing! I was just looking into a DIY that needs dry hydrangeas and I had no idea how to go about doing this. Now I can attempt this DIY! Thank you!

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    October 11, 2021 at 10:24 am

    I love hydrangeas and now I can find ways to preserve them! Thanks for sharing!

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    Richella J Parham
    July 21, 2022 at 9:22 am

    I love hydrangeas–they’re my favorite! I’ve never tried this method of drying; thanks for sharing.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

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    August 7, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing at Handmade Monday last week, your tips are featured this week 🙂

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    commercial elevator installation
    June 4, 2023 at 11:11 pm

    Seeing my strawberry vanilla hydrangeas and limelight bloom in vibrant colors made my summer so much more delightful. Drying them out in late August-October gave them a vintage touch, and following the method of cutting the stems, removing leaves, and placing them in a vase with a little water allowed me to enjoy their beauty all year round. It’s incredible how these dried hydrangeas can effortlessly elevate the decor of any space with their muted tones.

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    executive job coach
    June 14, 2023 at 2:33 am

    I absolutely love hydrangeas, and drying them is such a delightful way to preserve their beauty! Last summer, I decided to try drying my own hydrangeas, and it was a magical experience. As the petals turned papery and the colors deepened, I felt a sense of nostalgia and warmth. Now, I proudly display my dried hydrangeas in various arrangements around my home, and they bring a touch of vintage charm to my decor all year long.

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    Claire Justine
    July 13, 2023 at 8:12 am

    These look beautiful 🙂 Great idea

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    July 15, 2023 at 5:59 am

    Oh I just love hydrangeas! These are beautiful. I wanted to let you know that I did try to pin this (a few times using various photos) and got an error message every time telling me that the pin image was broken. I just thought you’d want to know..

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    Stephanie 139a
    August 1, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    Well I never knew that about placing them in water – which is kinda counterproductive, but hey?! thanks for sharing with #TheGardenYear

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