How To Dry And Preserve Hydrangeas (The Easy Way)

3 Sep

Dried hydrangeas are a long-lasting and beautiful alternative to silk flowers. In this post, I’ll give you the step-by-step process I use to enjoy them Around My Home.

Dried Hydrangeas on White Pot


–Start with fresh hydrangeas. I can’t believe how many people told me I couldn’t grow hydrangeas in Austin, yet I’ve been enjoying them in my garden for three seasons now.

Hydrangea Cover Photo Website

My favorite hydrangea pic I’ve snapped, this is my cover photo for Around My Home, Twitter, and YouTube.

–Cut the stems at an angle and place them in a vase filled with enough water to cover ~1/3 of the stems. Consider removing the leaves because they don’t look very pretty when dried.

fresh pink hydrangeas

Love these pink beauties from my garden.

–Keep the flowers out of direct sunlight and heat.

–Allow the water in the vase to evaporate over the course of a few days.

–Do not refill or refresh the water.

–Once the water is evaporated, let the hydrangeas remain in the same vase until the flowers have dried completely. Do not hang them upside down, which does not work well for hydrangeas.

–Once dry, take the hydrangeas outside to spray with an acrylic clear coat. I like to use wax paper underneath the flowers to keep them from sticking to my work surface.

Preserving Dried Hydrangeas

I especially like the light creamy-green color of hydrangeas in my garden when the flowers start to age.

I’ve used several brands of clear coat for various projects and have been happy with all of them. For this particular project, I used Valspar clear sealer in a satin finish. Several light coats are better than one heavy coat.


Here is a closeup after spraying my hydrangeas. I used two light coats:


Allow to air dry thoroughly before decorating by following the instructions on the label.

I purchased this pot at a local nursery on clearance for $1.50 and then spray-painted it with Krylon High-Gloss White. I love spray paint for these types of small projects.


Here is the finished product residing on my solid wood buffet that I purchased at the Salvation Army for $50. You can read more about some of my fun thrifty finds in this post.


Here’s a photo of some of the creamy-green hydrangeas that I dried and now enjoy on my bookshelf. The books are mostly estate sale finds. You can read more about how I use books to decorate in this post.


Here’s one last pic of some dried hydrangeas in my kitchen (pre new paint color), along with one of my DIY chalkboards. You can read about how to make your own chalkboard out of practically any surface here.

Mia Cucina

I love to read your comments, so please ask away if you have any questions about any of the ideas in this post or Around My Home!


One Response to “How To Dry And Preserve Hydrangeas (The Easy Way)”

  1. Jay C July 11, 2020 at 1:12 am #

    Hi! I have been trying like crazy to find tips on how to grow hydrangeas in the Austin heat. I read that you have been successful for 3 years. Do you have a blog with recommendations or can you make one. I think.Austin heat can get to them, but is it the heat or the sun? Any tips will be greatly appreciated. I love these flowers!

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