by Craftbits (Shellie Wilson)
If you don't have any hydrangeas of your own, you can always purchase some dried ones at a craft store.
What you need
Wreath base in the desired size (A grapevine or twig based wreath usually works best. However, you can also use a Styrofoam wreath)
Plenty of dried hydrangea blossoms (enough to cover the wreath base)
Low temperature hot glue gun and glue sticks
Ribbon to make a bow
Any additional accessories that you wish to add to the wreath, such as silk leaves, dried baby's breath, or floral picks
Hydrangeas are beautiful large flowers which grow abundantly during the summer season. When late summer and early autumn arrive, you can then cut these large flowers and hang them upside-down to dry.
1.Before starting on the wreath, use the floral wire to add a loop to the back of the wreath to use when hanging it. If you are using a grapevine or twig wreath base, you can simply loop the wire through the wreath and twist to secure. If using a Styrofoam wreath base, loop the wire around the top of the wreath base and secure. You can also choose to use twine or ribbon to make the hanging loop if desired. After the loop is attached, hang the wreath base on the wall to make sure it hangs straight and flat before proceeding.
2.Sort your hydrangea blossoms. The best effects are usually achieved when using flowers that are approximately the same height. You can divide larger flowers into smaller pieces if necessary. If you are using more than one color of hydrangea, you will probably want to arrange them on the wreath so that not all the same colors are together. Laying the flowers out first without gluing them is the best way to achieve a pleasing arrangement. Don’t use any damaged or discolored flowers.
3.Using the hot glue gun, start attaching the hydrangea flowers to the wreath base. If you are using a grapevine or twig wreath, you probably won’t need to cover the base as solidly as you would if you were using a Styrofoam wreath base. In fact, it can add a nice look to the wreath if you leave some areas where the twigs or grapevines show through. If you are using a Styrofoam wreath, attach the flowers close enough together so that you cannot see the Styrofoam base. To create good coverage, apply larger flowers first then fill in the spaces with smaller flowers.
4.Use the hot glue gun to add any embellishing materials, such as silk leaves, baby’s breath, or floral picks. These items are completely optional, because a hydrangea wreath will be beautiful even without them.
5.Hang the wreath on the wall to view the final effect. Make any necessary adjustments to the flowers to create a pleasing appearance.
6.Make a bow from the ribbon. Attach to the wreath using either the hot glue gun or florists wire.
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