Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Let’s Get Crafty For A Minute..

Today is my Grandmother’s birthday. Happy Birthday Grandma!!
It’s always hard coming up with gift ideas for her, but today I had a plan. You see, Grandma had commented several times about how beautiful my Lime Light Hydrangea bush had gotten this Summer, and she was right…
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I have honestly never seen this plant get this big with such huge blooms on it. With all the rain we had and the cooler temperatures, it was just the perfect conditions for growing crazy huge Hydrangeas, I guess. Some of the blooms are bigger than my youngest Son’s head. I am not kidding..
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..and this kid doesn’t have a small head. …or a clean nose, it seems.
Those blooms are unbelievable. So unbelievable that I knew this was the year to dry them. If you’ve never dried Hydrangeas, there is a trick to it. You MUST work with them when they are fresh blooms, put them in whatever arrangement you want and then let them dry that way. Otherwise, you get a huge mess on your hands because the dried blooms fall apart. So, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and make my Grandma a wreath with those beautiful blooms she has admired all summer and since the flowers will dry that way, the wreath will last for quite some time.
I went and bought a Styrofoam wreath form and then went and cut a big basket full of Hydrangea blooms and went to work.
One tip for making the wreath very full is..
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..cut the bloom with about 3 or 4 inches of stem left on and then remove all the leaves. Once the leaves are gone, cut the stem down to about 2 inches, but make sure it’s at an angle so you have a point to shove into the foam…
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This will be much easier to get firmly into the wreath.
Once you start, just keep building around the wreath..
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Fill it in tight and as full as possible. I tied burlap ribbon on to hang the wreath with, but I always hang my wreath up and look at it from every angle so you can make sure it’s good and full. Once you’re done, you should have something like this..
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Once they dry, they will be a light brown, but still very pretty and something to enjoy all winter long while dreaming about summer. I also like to give them a spritz of glitter once they are dry just to sparkle them up a bit.
My Grandma loved it so I think I did a good job and I hope I inspired you to save those Hydrangeas!
Happy Wednesday.
love,
Val

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