This DIY dried hydrangea wreath is my new favorite fall DIY decor! It is rustic and neutral, with light eucalyptus fragrance. A perfect fall decor straight from your garden!
Real flower? Fake flower? Dried flower?
Ever since I got into home decor, I have heard a lot of discussion around whether to use fake flowers at home. Interestingly, I’m more open to fake foliage than fake flowers. Somehow it is just easier to make fake leaves look real than fake flowers. I have 2 fake eucalyptus branch from Pottery Barn and have been loving it. What about fake flowers? Honestly I haven’t found any fake flowers that I find real enough to display at my home as a staple.
Of course I would prefer to have fresh flowers all the time at home, but I know changing up flowers every week would add a lot of hustle for my already busy life. So I’m lingering in this middle ground of real-fake flower battle – that is dried real flowers.
DIY dried flowers wreath
I have seen some really nice dried flower wreath from a local florist shop. They are make of varies combo of flowers, but have the same thing in common – very pretty and feels nicer than fake flower wreath! The downside is those wreath are not cheap. They cost over $200 each! Since I have been cultivating my cut flower garden, why not take advantage of what I have and make use of them before those beautiful flower and foliage go to compost bin?
I have successfully dried several types of flowers from my garden, such as lavender, billy ball, didiscus, viburnum, roses and of course, hydrangeas – which I found is the trickiest to dry. It was a half success half failure project, but at the end, I have about 10 dried hydrangeas! It is not enough for a full hydrangea wreath, but combining with the eucalyptus leaves I got from my garden, it can be a pretty lush wreath!
This project is really easy. It took me less than one hour and is very mesmerizing! After DIY with wood and paint for quite a while, it was so nice to play with flowers and foliages.
The end result is a natural and rustic hydrangea eucalyptus wreath that goes with so many interior styles! Right now I placed it above my living room fire place mantle, next to a gilded mirror frame. Eventually I want to move it to my bedroom once I feature out the wall decor in that room.
Now are you ready to make your own dried flower wreath? Read along!
DIY dried hydrangea wreath materials
- Dried hydrangea. This batch of hydrangeas were dried last year by silicon gel. I left them there too long so some of the color has faded a little bit. I’m embracing the subtle color for a rustic vibe.
- Dried eucalyptus branch. I have this eucalyptus silver dollar tree in my side yard. The foliage has such a nice color and shape, with a light fragrance.
- Grape vine wreath (from my local Joann). Since the flowers and leaves are real, I wanted to match them with real plant based vine as well.
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- (optional) a ribbon or thick twine so you can hang your wreath in desired locations
DIY dried hydrangea wreath Instruction
1. prep grape vine wreath base
The grape vine wreath is made of real plants, so it might have bits sticking out. Before I started making my wreath, I did a pass on clipping some tendrils that are sticking out.
2. position dried flowers and leaves
Now it comes the fun part – play around with your flowers and foliage! Before you get too excited at gluing your beautiful dried flowers on, make sure to position them to preview what they will look like.
3. glue them on
Once you are happy with the combo, glue them on with hot glue gun. Alternatively you can also stick the base in those grape vines. My flowers and leaves are pretty dry, so I use the glue method to avoid bending my dried flowers.
When I apply glue, I pick strategic spot that will be covered by the plants.
4. continue on placing
Continue the rhythm you have with your flowers! I found it easier to finish glueing the eucalyptus leaves first with the flowers in mind. So in the photo you can see that I kept some space open for flowers.
5. tie a ribbon for easy hanging.
Once I filled up the whole wreath, I tied a small ribbon through part of the grape vine, so I can hang the wreath to the wall. This step is optional.
My next dried flower wreath
This DIY project took so little time but had brought me so much fun! Since then, I have dried another batch of hydrangeas from my backyard. Cannot wait to DIY another dried flower wreath!
I also have some billy balls dried out. Those little pops of yellow is so vibrant and joyful! I’m planning to combine it with my eucalyptus leaves to make a foliage focused wreath with pops of yellow ball.