Charming Springtime Hydrangea Wreath
I love hydrangeas. What ARE hydrangeas? They are a perennial flower here in Connecticut which just means they come back year after year... you leave the plants in the ground and they come back to life like trees. Annuals only live for one season and then they die and they don't survive winter. Perennials survive winter and come right back to life in the spring. (I used to plant lots of perennials but they don't come back for me - except for this awesome hydrangea plant from my Mom. It comes back.
According to Wikipedia:
There are two flower arrangements in hydrangeas. Mophead flowers are large round flower heads resembling pom-poms or, as the name implies, the head of a mop. In contrast, lacecap flowers bear round, flat flower heads with a center core of subdued, fertile flowers surrounded by outer rings of showy, sterile flowers. The flowers of somerhododendrons can appear similar to those of some hydrangeas, but Rhododendron (including azalea) is in a different order.
I have one of my Mom's hydrangea plants she didn't want. It's huge. Husband dug it up and transplanted it in our side yard. It's like 8 feet wide 7 feet tall and filled with big beautiful, blue hydrangea flowers. They are blue because our soil is acidic. Hydrangeas can produce pink flowers just by increasing the PH of the soil. One tablespoon of hydrated lime in a gallon of water and given to the plant once a month for 3 months during Springtime, will turn the blue hydrangeas to pink ones. I might have to try this. I really love the pink hydrangeas.
Anyway, I love the silk flower hydrangeas also and I bought some at Hobby Lobby which is now in Connecticut - YAY! I love that store. It's my new favorite store. Daughter, Kristy, and I (I can't believe she actually wanted to do a project with me. It's so much more fun doing crafts with someone!) found Hobby Lobby last month. What fun! I love the saying plaques and all the decorative stuff, too. That store is so trendy! If you don't know about Hobby Lobby, it is a cross between Michael's Craft Store, Joann Fabrics and Homegoods. When I bought the hydrangeas they were on sale at 50% off and all three stores have this sale often. I haven't tried Walmart yet but I'm sure they are cheaper in case you don't have craft stores where you are.
I wired on some small Spring, trailing greens and put that on the wreath first, letting it trail down one side.
We bought the beautiful long stemmed silk hydrangeas at Hobby Lobby. I cut the stems right off. Some stems are easier to cut than others and a good sturdy wire cutter helps the whole process. Then I wired these flowers onto the vine wreath on one side and over the Spring greens. Easy enough.
Really, after that it's just a matter of making a bow and then wiring that on also. I made 2 bows of different burlap color. I also glued some leaves wherever it looked kinda bare, using Fabri Tac glue - my all time favorite glue.
I like the house numbers on the right side, but on my wreath I put the initial "B".
I hope you will attempt to make this very easy wreath. Put a view flowers on a grapevine wreath with a bow and a few numbers and you have a nice Spring wreath! Blessings.
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