Dry hydrangeas are a pretty form of floral decoration that is low maintenance and can be easily made at home. Follow these four steps to dry your own hydrangeas at home.
How to dry hydrangeas
Harvest at the right time
Choose blooms that are fully mature but not overly ripe. The best time to harvest hydrangeas is in late summer or early fall when the petals are starting to feel papery but still have some color.
Remove excess foliage
Trim off most of the leaves and stems, leaving just a few inches of stem attached to the bloom.
Gather several blooms into a bunch and secure them with a rubber band or string.
Hang upside down
Hang the bundles upside down in a dry, dark, and well-ventilated area. Ensure they are not exposed to direct sunlight, which can cause them to fade.
Allow the blooms to air dry for several weeks. They will become papery and brittle when fully dried.
It is also possible to dry hydrangeas in the microwave, although this can cause the flowers to lose color, so caution is advised.
To do this, trim and prepare the blooms. Then, place the blooms on a microwave-safe plate lined with a paper towel.
Microwave them in short bursts (from 10 to 15 seconds at a time) on a low setting until they are dry. Be careful not to overheat and scorch the blooms.