How to arrange hydrangeas in baskets for a fall mantel!
And a happy fall to you! Is it fall yet? I’m not entirely sure. It’s still super muggy out here and coats aren’t needed quite yet. But that hasn’t stopped me from playing around with hydrangea filled baskets for a fall mantel.
Oh hello there Skye! Thank you for sitting still for a quick moment!
When to dry hydrangeas
The very best time to dry cut hydrangeas is in fall once the petals have turned slightly crispy! This allows for the petals to dry wilt-free!
I’ve written about how to dry hydrangeas wilt-free HERE if you’d like a few more tips.
Plus, fall hydrangeas are gorgeous! They turn into a rainbow of colours. This bush was completely blue just a short month ago.
So here’s how to arrange hydrangeas in baskets for a fall mantel! Wilt-free too!
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How to arrange hydrangeas in baskets
for a fall mantel!
Gather your container of choice
1. Gather plenty of wicker baskets, galvanized buckets or crates.
I couldn’t resist putting all those amazing rustic baskets to work from my junker brother’s garage sale!
However any like minded container that will hold cut hydrangeas will work. Even consider mixing it up!
Arrange baskets as desired
2. Position baskets on the mantel where desired.
The baskets were positioned in a tumbled-over effect. The light plays really neat off the woven textures!
Fill up each basket
3. Place buckets of water inside the baskets where possible.
4. Arrange large hydrangea stems into the buckets of water.
5. Fill in gaps with drier hydrangeas that can’t reach water. If the hydrangea flower petals are slightly crispy, they will dry wilt-free!
Hey Lake! Can you hold still while a get a few good kitty cat shots? (it’s a rare moment then they aren’t running in blur motion) Ohhhh… isn’t that boy so very handsome?! Mooches! Smile…
Oh good grief. Would you two leave the props alone? I’m not done with the shoot yet! No no no, that is NOT a tree…
“AHEM… we are TWEAKING.”
OHHHH sorry. Carry on then…
While they wrestle with… everything, we can just enjoy a quiet moment here.
Along the sides of the baskets, the hydrangeas were cascaded down to create a waterfall effect.
As long as the crispier hydrangeas are used in these, they will dry like this perfectly without the petals wilting!
And hopefully no kitties can get to these hydrangeas quietly nestled way up high on top of this mantel.
We can hope…
It’s quite a look isn’t it? Think you’ll fill up your mantel with hydrangeas this season?
Other hydrangea posts:
How to make a hydrangea wreath in 5 minutes