The right way to dry hydrangea!

Do you ever have one of those moments…

When you just stop and notice something mundane…

Like a vase of dried hydrangea?



Our lives are made up of a series of moments.

If you’re lucky, you’ll get to have hundreds, even thousands of them.

There will be small moments.

Moments when you are doing something so mundane you won’t even realise you’re having a moment.

There will also be BIG moments.

Life changing ones.

These ones will be in your memory for an awfully long time.

Keep them all safe… This is a moment!



So it was, on the weekend I had one of those moments when I was just thinking and staring into space…

when I happened to glance at one of my

dried hydrangea blooms sitting in a jug.

I enjoy the many hydrangea’s I’ve dried since living at the resort… but it took me a while to actually get the drying process correct.



I didn’t initially set out to dry hydrangeas… it kind of happened by accident.

We have quite a few Hydrangea bushes around the resort and all are different colours. I like to pick the blooms and put them on my dresser in the kitchen.

Some of the blooms dried in the vase and I found that I liked these dried hydrangea heads almost as much as the fresh ones…. especially the cream coloured ones.

So I decided to intentionally dry some hydrangeas for use in the winter, but the drying process didn’t go so well and some of the flowers shriveled up…. that’s when I found out that there is a ‘right’ way to do it!



Drying the hydrangeas in the vase as I had done, is the perfect way to dry them, BUT you must pick the flowers at just the right time.

The petals need to feel slightly papery before you pick them. Then strip the stem of any leaves and place the hydrangea in a vase of water.

Position the vase away from direct sunlight… and wait. The water will eventually evaporate and the hydrangea will slowly dry out. 

Drying hydrangeas this way retains both the colour and shape.. and it is super easy too.

I also dry and use the petals in crafting projects.

Until next time – Kerryanne


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  1. So lovely, thanks for sharing! ♥
    I planted some hydrangeas this year, hopefully I’ll be drying some from my garden in the future! 🙂

    • Kerryanne says:

      I hope they do well for you Diana. The drying is super easy, so hopefully you’ll have blooms, fresh and dried, all year 🙂 xx

  2. bettyann says:

    Thanks for this information. This year my white hydrangea exploded with blooms and I would like to dry some for our dreary winter. Take care.

    • Kerryanne says:

      I love a white hydrangea Bettyann!! Good luck drying yours this year. They will make a lovely display for your fall decorating too. 🙂

  3. These are flowers that I love but just can not seem to grow…yet my Sister couldn’t stop them taking over her front garden so ended up having to remove them all. I love the big flower heads.
    Your dried ones look super.
    Toni xx

    • Kerryanne says:

      You know Toni, I’ve had them at all of the homes I’ve lived in, with varying degrees of success… and I love gardening. I really believe the type of soil has a lot to do with the success of hydrangeas. Positioning is important too, but soil really does seem to matter. xxx

  4. Kerryanne, I really enjoyed your post today. I needed that reminder. I also needed the help with the hydrangea drying. I will give it a try and see if this will work out better. Yup, your post really helped me out today. So glad that I clicked on. XX Jo

    • Kerryanne says:

      Well I’m so happy to hear that Joanne. Sometimes we just need a little push in the right direction… a reminder 🙂
      I’m glad you popped over for a visit too. Good luck with the hydrangea drying… trust me, it is really simple.
      Hugs ~ Kerryanne xx

  5. BJ Bloink says:

    I’ve dried hydrangeas this way for years. I love that the color stays true. They come out so beautiful!

    • Kerryanne says:

      I’ve got a blue/green bush here BJ Bloink, that dries beautifully. Once dried, the petals are a little more faded than when they are fresh, but that just gives it a more subtle vintage look I think. 🙂

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