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.
- First, cut the blooms at peak time. While the bloom is still full and hydrated.
- Gather the blooms around mid-morning, just after the dew has dried.
- Use pruning shears to cut the stem approx. 5-7 inches long.
- Gather several of your stems together and tie them with jute twine
- Hang the stems upside down in a cool, dark room.
- 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.
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 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.
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.
Farmhouse Christmas Tree
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.
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.
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.
Adding To The Room Theme
Then you add those colors within the rooms accessories, the rug really pops.
Night Time View
These warm colors really create a cozy feel in the farmhouse at night.
The rustic farmhouse Christmas Tree has quickly become one of my favorites.
I hope you like this little corner of the farmhouse.
Be sure to check out this Farmhouse Christmas Tour.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.