Stacked lime and purple hydrangeas for a fall mantel
Oh it felt so good to get into the DIY spirit once again. I stayed home all day, mowed the lawn, cleaned the house, then took a wander outside to inspect the hydrangeas.
We are now into fall hydrangea season, still with warm skies, but with that special nip in the air, that signals hydrangea harvest time before the rain returns.
But the bush didn’t start that way. See the one blue flower? It use to be all blue just a short time ago.
I think that’s one of the most amazing features of a hydrangea bush… the colors change from summer to fall.
When to harvest hydrangeas
The best time to harvest hydrangeas for drying is fall once the petals turn slightly crispy. So waiting for just the right moment, it was time to clip!
So… let’s create a stunning stacked lime and purple hydrangeas for a fall mantel… that will dry perfectly right in the spot!
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Stacked lime and purple hydrangeas
for a fall mantel
Because I’m going for an abundant look, I’m choosing this reclaimed wood window box from HERE.
Let’s fill it up!
How to arrange hydrangeas
1. Place containers of water inside your base or container.
2. Cut your lower hydrangea stems long enough to reach the water containers where possible.
3. Insert one hydrangea at a time into the base, alternating colour and height. I like to call this ‘bouncing’ the flowers so you see higher and lower levels.
4. Once the base is fairly full, add a few hydrangeas on top to give extra height. These will not likely reach the water, but if the petals are slightly crispy, they will dry beautifully as-is.
As the water dries in the containers, so will your hydrangeas. It’s really quite amazing!
Add a spilling technique
Let’s take arranging the hydrangeas one step further with a spilling effect! This is where the flowers appear to spill over the edges.
Using slightly crispy cut hydrangeas, place into desired positions. These hydrangeas will not be in water, but as long as they are slightly crispy, they will dry well.
It’s as if the hydrangeas are tumbling right over the edge of the planter.
And let’s just appreciate both the purple and lime hydrangeas together for a moment! They really make this arrangement so much more interesting, adding lots of depth!
Pretty, isn’t it?
Owning NOTHING in a lime or purple colour, I had to get a little crafty. Fusion Mineral Paint’s Upper Canada Green is a super fresh shade that was perfect for painting a book or two.
Here’s a few other fall hydrangea mantels you may remember…
Or click —> HYDRANGEAS <— to see them all in one big scroll.
Whoohoo! Welcome fall!
What colour do your fall hydrangeas change out to? Do you bring them indoors to dry as well?