A quirky, pointy hydrangea paniculata wreath

Hi there! I love crafty projects – you might have guessed that by now if you’ve followed me for a bit. 🙂 Wreaths are my favorite, hands down. They don’t take a lot of time to make, and they are simply fun to create. Whether for yourself or for others, they make great gifts, too! This week I made a wreath with the dried flowers from my hydrangea ‘Vanille Fraise’ Paniculata Renhy. The hydrangea starts out white early in the season. As it matures it changes first to light pink and then continues darkening throughout the season.

I started taking cuttings from the plant in early August, as I wanted smaller flowers to work with. It was nice having those smaller blooms, but their stems were not very strong, which made it a tiny bit tricky when pinning them to the wreath frame. The more mature, bigger blooms had nice strong stems and were easy to work with. The key to getting really nice dried flowers is to not cut them too soon (a lesson that is very hard for me to accept)!

The wreath frames are simply made of straw, and I always reuse mine. Dried flowers need to be replaced over time, so after they fade, I take the wreaths apart and reuse the wreath frame as well as the floral ‘U’ pins (I use the ‘u’ pins to attach the flowers to the wreath). As always, I started with all of my flowers on the table, and one by one I placed them on the wreath. I placed two large flowers across from each other, and then added a third (smaller flower) in the center, working my way around the wreath with that pattern. I didn’t have a plan, or an idea of how I wanted it to look. Only once I began, and I could see what I had to work with and how they were falling into place, did I have an idea of what I wanted to achieve. When I work this way, the wreaths tend to come out a little bit quirky and definitely bespoke! That fits my personality perfectly. 🙂

We have been enjoying some beautiful weather, which I find very helpful for my creativity. I hope the weather has been nice where you live, too! Take care and stay safe.

In Peace,
Dana

Hydrangea Vanille Fraise Paniculata Renhy full plant white
In the beginning of the season, the flowers are mostly white.
Hydrangea Vanille Fraise Paniculata Renhy full plant pink
The flowers change from white, to light pink, and then to further shades of dark pink.
Hydrangea Vanille Fraise Paniculata Renhy full plant pink in sun
What’s not to love about those pretty cream and pink flowers?
Hydrangea Vanille Fraise Paniculata Renhy close up
A creamy white flower contrasted with shades of pink.
Hydrangea Vanille Fraise Paniculata Renhy Wreath set up
This is how it starts: A big mess on the table!
Hydrangea Vanille Fraise Paniculata Renhy first four stems
These are the first 4 flowers which I attached – starting with two at a time.
Hydrangea Vanille Fraise Paniculata Renhy close up of floral u pins
Here is a close up of how I attach the stems with the floral ‘U’ pins.
Hydrangea Vanille Fraise Paniculata Renhy wreath in progress
Half way there!
Hydrangea Vanille Fraise Paniculata Renhy wreath in progress
Close up – wondering if the lumps and bumps and pointy bits are all going to fit into place (and look nice)…
Hydrangea Vanille Fraise Paniculata Renhy full wreath outside
Ta-da! Finished!
Hydrangea Vanille Fraise Paniculata Renhy close up outside
This pointy greenish section on the outside, and dark pink on the inside were both an ‘add on’. I had to cut a few more stems while making the wreath as I was going to be short of flowers. So they are fresh and not dried. But given how late it is in the season, I think they will dry perfectly ok (fingers crossed!).
Hydrangea Vanille Fraise Paniculata Renhy wreath outside Center
The center is anything but circular! I’m getting used to wreaths like that.
Hydrangea Vanille Fraise Paniculata Renhy on the playhouse
Of course I had to hang it on our playhouse door! It’s a right of passage for my wreaths.
Hydrangea Vanille Fraise Paniculata Renhy Playhouse
What a beautiful morning it was to take pictures!
Playhouse Sept 20 hydrangea paniculata vanille fraise
Another quirky and fun wreath completed!

I really enjoyed making that wreath. I hope you enjoyed seeing the process. Thank you for visiting! 🙂

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