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How to Decorate a Christmas Tree with Dried Hydrangeas

Have you ever dried hydrangeas? It’s easy to do, and they are a great source for sustainable decorating. I’m excited to share how to decorate a farmhouse Christmas tree with budget-friendly dried hydrangeas.

Y’all, this year, my hydrangeas showed up big time, and I couldn’t resist drying several of the gorgeous blooms. As they were drying, I decided right then that I’d use them on my Christmas Tree this year.

This year’s tree combines the rust and blue colors pulled from the dried hydrangeas.

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How To Dry Hydrangea Blooms

It all began with all those beautiful hydrangea blooms this summer. I couldn’t resist drying as many as possible to have available after the season.

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

  1. First, cut the blooms at peak time. While the bloom is still full and hydrated.
  2. Gather the blooms around mid-morning, just after the dew has dried.
  3. Use pruning shears to cut the stem approx. 5-7 inches long.
  4. Gather several of your stems together and tie them with jute twine
  5. Hang the stems upside down in a cool, dark room.
  6. Don’t hang in direct sunlight, or the colors will fade.

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

Christmas Tree with Sustainable Dried Hydrangeas

As I watched the blooms dry, I began to imagine them on a Christmas tree.

To plan a Christmas tree with the dried hydrangeas, I began by pulling as many colors from the dried hydrangeas as possible to decorate this year’s tree.

Ornaments and Dried Hydrangeas for Christmas Tree.  Rustic Holiday Budget Friendly & Sustainable Decorating Ideas

I gathered all my vintage shiny brights and separated all the shades of blue and green.

In addition, I found some rust-colored stems with just the right amount of sparkle.

When I found this rag ball garland from Piper Classics, it was the icing on the cake or tree! LOL

How To Decorate a Sustainable Christmas Tree using Dried Hydrangeas. Farmhouse Style Christmas

How to Decorate a Farmhouse Christmas Tree with Hydrangeas

I couldn’t resist placing the tree inside the Antique European Grape Gathering Hod, which I’ve used for a few years now.

I got so many questions about this Hod that my husband and I decided to attempt a DIY project. Check out DIY Christmas Tree Stand Container for the details.

I began with rag ball garland and draped it around the tree.

Next, I added the rust-colored stems by tucking them into the tree branches.

To add the hydrangea stems, I left the long stems in place and used them to secure the dried stems to the tree branches.

Close up view of dried hydreangeas and vintage ornaments on Christmas Tree. Rag Garland for Farmhouse Style

Finally, I added the blue and green shiny brite ornaments to the tree, and everything came together.

Rustic Christmas Tree Topper

Instead of an actual tree topper, I used a combination of stems and hydrangeas gathered at the top of the tree.

The tree is topped with stems and sustainable Christmas dried hydrangeas.  Vintage Barn Door and DIY Garland

Farmhouse Christmas Tree

The colors in the DIY Felt Trees work well with the tree ornaments and hydrangeas. You can see the tutorial in this post.

Dried Hydrangea Christmas tree in vintage grape gathering hod with Felt trees. Rustic Farmhouse Style Economical Christmas

The colors in the ornaments and hydrangeas complement the rusty, crusty finish on the container as well.

Because these hods are so difficult to find, my husband and I made a faux one from plywood.

Close up of mini Christmas tree located beside the larger tree.  Farmhouse style Christmas Decorating

In addition to the large tree, I added a small tree in a vintage sap bucket.

It sits inside a vintage green crate surrounded by old Christmas storybooks.

Both Christmas trees are in a vintage zinc container with a rusty crusty finish for a rustic farmhouse feel.

I have always used red at Christmas, so the color combination is very different from previous Christmas themes. However, you will still see touches of red throughout the farmhouse, especially on the porches.

Vintage shiny brites and dried hydrangeas are the focal point of this years Farmhouse Budget Friendly Christmas Tree

Adding To The Room Theme

I was excited to add a new rug from Boutique Rugs that compliments the color theme for this year. The Bolivar rug is very neutral but there are touches of gold, rust, green and blue.

Then you add those colors within the rooms accessories, the rug really pops.

New Rug is a great color for this years Christmas Tree.  Rudy matches as well. Rust and Blues for Rustic christmas

Night Time View

These warm colors really create a cozy feel in the farmhouse at night.

Night time view of Rustic Farmhouse Style Christmas Tree in Vintage European Olive Hod. Budget Friendly Christmas decorating.

The rustic farmhouse Christmas Tree has quickly become one of my favorites.

Night time view of sustainable dried hydrangeas and vintage ornaments Christmas Tree Farmhouse Vintage Christmas

I hope you like this little corner of the farmhouse.

Be sure to check out this Farmhouse Christmas Tour.

How to Decorate a Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Tree with sustainable dried hydrangeas. Vintage Christmas Style

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.

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Friday 2nd of December 2022

I have used Dried Hydrangeas in a garden themed table top tree in my kitchen and found if I put them in my microwave briefly that they became soft and pliable and I could put them in the tree or even a wreath and they didn't shed petals or break. They redried once in the tree. Forget where I found this hack but it works great.


Saturday 3rd of December 2022

Kathy, wow, thanks for the tip. It's hard to be gentle with them once they are dry. I'll give that a try.

Wendy McMonigle

Thursday 1st of December 2022

Rachel, I adore this sweet tree with your dried hydrangeas. The colors you added are just perfect with the neutral flowers.


Thursday 1st of December 2022

Wendy, I really appreciate your kind words.


Thursday 1st of December 2022

So creative, Rachel. I would have never thought to use dried hydrangeas to decorate for Christmas, but I love it. The natural elements and colors are so beautiful together.


Thursday 1st of December 2022

Jen I'm so glad you like this idea.


Thursday 1st of December 2022

I love this idea to decorate a tree! So natural and pretty!


Thursday 1st of December 2022

Stacy, I'm so glad you like it.


Wednesday 30th of November 2022

I absolutely love this idea! Your tree looks amazing Rachel!


Thursday 1st of December 2022

Kylie, I really appreciate this.