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Create Easy Dried Flower Rustic Hydrangea Centerpiece

Bring rustic charm to your home with everlasting beauty! This easy-to-follow tutorial will show you how to create a stunning dried flower arrangement perfect for any style home. Learn how to dry flowers to create an affordable rustic centerpiece. With proper care, dried hydrangeas can maintain their beauty for months or even years, making them a cost-effective and sustainable option for floral arrangements.

Today’s rustic centerpiece arrangement features dried hydrangeas mixed with other dried florals and natural elements to create a stunning display. You’ll not believe this, but the hydrangeas are from three seasons ago.

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How To Dry Flowers

Many flowers dry well. However, hydrangea blooms are certainly a favorite. When done properly, you can enjoy displaying your dried stems for years.

The hydrangea blooms I’m using for today’s project were dried three years ago. I’ve used them to decorate a Christmas tree, filled a dough bowl with them, and sprinkled them throughout the farmhouse to decorate.

Antique dough filled with dried blue hydrangea blooms on top of kitchen cabinets.

There are options for drying flowers and I’ll share those with you.

  1. The first and most effective method for flower arrangements is air drying by hanging.
  2. You can also air dry in a vase. This method works most of the time; however, occasionally, the blooms will swivel.
  3. Silica Gel Drying is another option, but one that I’ve not tried. I’ve seen mixed reviews, and it can be expensive, so I’ll stick with the old-fashioned way.
  4. You can also press flowers for other craft projects and framing. You can learn more about pressed flowers on Easy Flower Press: Upcycle Scrap Wood To Preserve Botanicals, which has a link at the end of the article.

How To Easily Dry Hydrangea Blooms – The Best Way!

It’s so easy to save the blooms, and here’s what I did.

  1. First, cut the blooms while they are still full and well-hydrated.
  2. Cut your blooms on a sunny day after the dew has dried.
  3. Cut the stem approx. 5-7 inches long with pruning sheers.
  4. Remove excess leaves and tie the stems together with twine or string.
  5. Find a cool, dark space to hang the stems with the blooms hanging downward.
  6. Avoid direct sunlight, as the colors will fade.

Blooms will dry within a week or two. Store in a dark space until you are ready to decorate.

This method works well with many other flowers as well. See the full list later in the article.

A dried hydrangea bloom in a vintage green bottle.

Lifestyle of Love: Dried Flowers

Today’s article is part of the Lifestyle of Love vintage challenge hosted by Cindy at County Road 407. If you are joining me from Lora at Create and Ponder, I know you loved her creative Folk Art Sheep tutorial.

Be sure to check out all the other participants at the end of today’s article.

Easy Dried Flower Rustic Centerpiece

Today’s centerpiece dried flower arrangement combines dried hydrangeas, foraged materials, and small dried stems that I’ve had around the house for a while.

I also decided to add a faux bird and nest, which I’ve had in my spring and summer decor for several years. I used a small amount of Spanish moss, which I had left over from Christmas decorating.

Because I used a recycled urn to make the arrangement, the rustic centerpiece was basically free to make.


Here are the supplies I gathered to create the hydrangea centerpiece. Your container size will determine the amount of blooms you will need.

Supplies for making a DIY Dried Flower arrangement for Rustic Spring Decorating.

Foraging and Gathering Supplies

The first step is to gather any foraged supplies.

If you are planning a rustic design, the foraged grapevine will look good around the base of the arrangement. I twisted the vine into a round or wreath-like shape to sit on the top of the container.

Next, I gathered and trimmed several twigs from my yard. Using pruning shears, cut the twigs the length you want them.

In addition, gather a few boxwood stems and cut those to length.

Prepare a Container or Urn

To prepare the container for the Dried Flower Arrangement, add a couple of pieces of styrofoam to the bottom. Add a bead of hot glue to the styrofoam, press the pieces to the bottom, and hold until the glue is dry.

Then, fill around the styrofoam with recycled grocery bags to help fill the container. You can completely fill it with styrofoam; however, this is more budget-friendly.

Add styrofoam and recycled plastic bags to center of large urn

Begin Dried Flower Arrangement

First, add the grapevine wreath to the top of the container.

Start at the center of the container and add the twigs first. Push them straight down into the styrofoam to secure them.

Next, add the boxwood and any tall pieces of dried foliage or flowers. Keep all pieces to the center of the arrangement.

Note: You may notice that I didn’t add the grapevine at the beginning. This was an oversight and I had to work it over the twigs and boxwood. It’s much easier to add it at the beginning. LOL

Add twig and boxwood stems to middle of a large urn

Now, add more plastic bags to help fill the container and cover it with Spanish moss.

Once the bottom is covered, cut the stems of your hydrangeas to approximately 4-5 inches long. Add hot glue to the stems and begin placing them around the twigs and edges of the container.

You will want to completely surround the base of the arrangement with dried hydrangeas.

Add twigs and box surrounded by hydrangeas in a large urn in DIY greenhouse.

Once the top is covered, begin to add more dried flowers and embellishments.

Add smaller flowers at an angle so that they droop away from the hydrangeas. Secure them with hot glue.

In addition, you can add a bird’s nest and bird if you choose. Nestle the bird into the dried hydrangeas for a cute embellishment. Use hot glue to secure.

Continue to fill any open areas with additional dried flowers and Spanish moss.

Twigs and dried flowers create a stunning centerpiece for Spring Farmhouse decorating.

Finally, add a couple of hydrangea blooms to the side of the grapevine at the bottom and then to the opposite side at the top. This will give the arrangement an asymmetrical design and make it more interesting.

DIY Dried Flower Arrangement with bird and nest, dried hydrangeas, twigs and grapevine for how to dry flowers.

Dried Flower Arrangement: Hydrangea Centerpiece

Now, you are ready to decorate with your dried flower arrangement. I first added the hydrangea centerpiece to the coffee table.

Coffee table centerpiece for Easter farmhouse decorating with rustic blue hydrangeas and decoupage lambs

It would look great as a dining table centerpiece as well.

How To dry flowers for a coffee table centerpiece arrangement in blues and greens for Spring.

Next, I moved it to the entry table.

Dried Flower arrangement with hydrangeas, bird nest, gathered twigs and grapevine on farmhouse entry table.

The natural elements work well with the rustic birdhouse and milk glass lamp.

I hope you like the arrangement as much as I do. This has really sparked my interest in drying flowers. It’s about time to start planting our spring and summer blooms. So, I’m sharing some more tips to help you plan and start drying your own flowers.

What Flowers Air-Dry Best?

Hydrangeas are always at the top of the list of best flowers to dry. However, many others are excellent choices. Here are my favorites.

  • Hydrangeas
  • Lavender
  • Strawflowers
  • Yarrow
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Zinnia
  • Globe Amaranth
  • Sea Holly
  • Celosia (Cockscomb)
  • Roses
  • Aster
Dried yarrow hanging in a hand crafted vintage basket in greenhouse.

How To Make Dried Flowers Last Longer

Dried flowers can enhance your home and are budget-friendly. However, they can be fragile and precautions need to be observed to prolong the life of dried flowers.

  • Don’t place dried flowers in direct sunlight. The flower colors will fade easily in sunlight.
  • Handle with care. Style your arrangements in areas of the home with little traffic.
  • If the flowers are extremely fragile, you can spray them with hair spray to prolong their beauty.
  • When not in use, store in a dry, dark space. Loosely over to avoid dust build-up.
country chic decorating with dried flowers in a large urn on entry table with bird nes and foraged twigs and grapevine.

How To Clean Dried Flower Arrangements

Due to the fragile nature of dried flower arrangements, it’s important to be cautious when cleaning.

A light brush with a feather duster or a damp cloth can effectively remove most dust particles.

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Lifestyle of Love: Dried Flowers

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Cheryl Atkinson

Monday 25th of March 2024

Hi Rachel! The arrangement is beautiful. I love the little colored flowers. Everything is just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your tips.


Tuesday 26th of March 2024

Cheryl, I'm so glad you like this arrangement. Thank you for your sweet comments.

Lora Bloomquist

Saturday 23rd of March 2024

What a beautiful arrangement, Rachel! Love the subtle Spring colors and all the wonderful textures. I'm crushing on your work table; that wood top is a dream! Wish I could grow & dry those blue hydrangeas; too cold here:(


Sunday 24th of March 2024

Lora, Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate you for stopping by.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Saturday 23rd of March 2024

What a fun way to use your dried hydrangeas for spring! I love this Rachel.


Sunday 24th of March 2024

Kim I was so happy with how they kept their color.


Friday 22nd of March 2024

What a pretty post Rachel! Love this one!


Saturday 23rd of March 2024

Stacy I appreciate this.


Wednesday 20th of March 2024

Rachel, I'm headed to Maine tomorrow, and my mother has a couple of those pots there; I'm totally going to try this. I've always kept it outside, but maybe I'll try it indoors now. Thanks for the inspiration!


Wednesday 20th of March 2024

Ann, Good luck with your arrangement.