More often than not, it’s the simple things in life that bring the most satisfaction. A beautiful fall day, a pot of soup on the stove, all the laundry finished. (The last one is not a common occurrence around here. If it ever did happen believe me, I would get tremendous satisfaction from it!) Anyway, something that has repeatedly put a smile on my face the past few months are my Limelight Hydrangea bushes. I planted them in the spring of 2014 and after just one year I had the most amazing blooms. I was able to fill two big buckets and had enough blooms to make arrangements in my silver urns as well as a wreath. The wreath took some patience but was well worth the time and effort.
You really don’t need much to make the wreath. A 14 inch straw or styrofoam wreath, a hole punch, scissors and about 25 dried hydrangea blooms. If you use a straw wreath, make sure to leave the wrapping on so it doesn’t make such a mess.
Lay your wreath base on a flat surface. Using the punch to make a hole first, start placing hydrangea blooms along the outside of the wreath. Insert the blooms at a slight angle, like the spokes of a wheel. I trimmed the stems of my hydrangeas to about 3 inches. This first layer took 15 blooms and I chose the smallest ones I had.
Continue inserting blooms at an angle on the top of the wreath. I chose larger blooms and used ten. To finish it off, add four or five more blooms on the inside of the circle. This isn’t really an exact science. Some blooms will stick out further than others but don’t worry. Once you have the wreath base full of blooms they sort of blend all together.
Even though this project was super easy, it was a little nerve-wracking. I broke a few stems at the start and was annoyed with myself. So I slowed down and made sure I had a good hole before I stuck the stems in the wreath. My blooms were very dry so there was some shedding and a bit of a mess. It was totally worth it though because the wreath is beautiful and full. It’s on my door right now but next month (if all goes well) I am going to use it as part of my Thanksgiving table. Details on that coming soon.
If you don’t have dried hydrangeas, this exact same method could be used with silk hydrangea blooms from a craft store. There would be no shedding and the wreath would probably last longer.
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