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7 Step Complete Guide On Making Hydrangea Flower Arrangements For Your Event | An Inside Look From A Pro

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Hello, my name is Bisli Vazquez and today, I will be walking you through the steps on how to make a hydrangea flower arrangement. I will walk you through the process of how to envision your design, the tools you will need, choosing the vessel, setting up the mechanics, and arranging the flowers. After reading through this article you will be able to make your very own hydrangea flower arrangement.

We start designing with hydrangeas one day prior to the event so they still look great. Once in the design, I add water twice a day and once before the event when I am setting them in the venue. This flower is great to design with because, if you are short of money, you will not need that many hydrangeas to have a nice centerpiece.

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We always order at least 10% more of what we will need as to have replacements as needed. This flower is not inexpensive like some people think. Compare it to other flowers with smaller heads. This is because in order to make a nice centerpiece with roses let’s say you will need at least 30 roses, but if you use hydrangeas you will need at least 12.

I do not see how you save money this way. This is also because the insertion of the stems are less so there is minimum labor. Another feature of this flower is that it comes in a variety of beautiful colors including blue. This color is hard to find in other flowers.

Before I start writing about hydrangea flower arrangements in depth I would like to tell you about this beautiful but complicated flower. i also want to teach you how to take care of it if you don’t know how to handle and care for hydrangeas. Hydrangeas are very thirsty flowers. It loves to be hydrated frequently when it is already in the design so they look their best when in place.

Hydrangeas from the Farm

I like to buy hydrangeas directly from the farm. When I receive the hydrangeas,  usually when they are coming from a long journey, I open the box to see the source of the flowers. This is so because they are shipped with water tubes of a small clear bag with water. Are any of them are low in water?

I remove the hydrangea from the water source it was shipped with, recut it, then I place it in a clean water bucket placing it after at least five inches from the bottom of the stem has been cut. I like to leave the flower hydrating overnight so they drink enough water. I never use a cooler, but my design room has an individual air conditioning unit so that will do the job.

The following day I check on my hydrangeas to see if they are doing well, A day prior starting the design process I recut all the hydrangeas and place them in a clean water bucket. I usually don’t put any flower food in the water. I just make sure the bucket is clean and disinfected so my flowers don’t get bacteria infecting them.

On the day we start designing, if any of the hydrangeas are a bit thirsty, I get a clean container and place ice water in it. I then place the head of the hydrangea in the water and leave it for at leas 30 minutes to make sure they are hydrated 100%. Let explain to you why I place the head of the hydrangea in the ice water. It is because the hydrangeas hydrate faster this way.

We start designing with hydrangeas one day prior to the event so they still look great. Once in the design, I add water twice a day and once before the event when I am setting them in the venue. This flower is great to design with because, if you are short of money, you will not need that many hydrangeas to have a nice centerpiece.

Related: My blog where I teach you flower arrangement design 

The hydrangea also comes in different sizes. The larger one, that is the one that I enjoy working with the most, is called jumbo. They come in standard and mini sizes. I like to incorporate mini flowers in the bridal bouquet because they are not oversized. The largest one is perfect for centerpieces and large floral sculptures.

The standard can be use for the centerpieces or the bridal bouquets. Sometimes when the budget is micro, the bride decides to have one jumbo hydrangea for her bouquet and a standard size for the bridesmaids. The beauty of this flower is that the florets form the head. These are individual flowers that have their own mini stem.

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So you can cut them individually to make pave designs. There are antique hydrangeas that, when they dry, they still look so beautiful in the floral design. A few years ago hydrangeas were a very popular flower for their size and beauty. Also the arrangements were made in a more romantic style, but in the day has a more natural look. There are still many clients that love to incorporate hydrangeas within their event flowers.

 

The Design You are Aiming To Create

To properly envision your design try closing your eyes and visualizing what it is you want to experience and feel when you look at your dream creation. Are the focal flowers a particular color, do you feel that a glass vase is ideal for your arrangement, do you see that adding details are suitable for this floral design, how large do you want the focal flowers to be, how small do you want the filler flowers to be, what is the shape of the mechanics, and so on.

 

The Tools You Will Need

Now that you are almost ready to form the design of the hydrangea flower arrangement you have envisioned, we can discuss what tools you will need to begin. You will need a floral knife to cut the flower stems at an angle. You will also be requiring some wire cutters if you are using chicken wire. If you intend to use floral foam, you can cut the foam with any regular knife.

It is less messy to cut it when it is wet. You will need floral tape to secure the container and foam/wire together so that you can move on to placing the flowers. You will also be needing flower preservatives to keep your flowers lasting longer and staying fresh.

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It is good to buy gloves so you do not cut yourself or hurt your hands when handling the flowers or the mechanics, especially if you are working with chicken wire. Once you have all of your tools together, we can discuss where and how to buy Hydrangeas.

 

Where and How to buy Hydrangeas

Buying them new is preferable to buying them old with bacteria. To make this flower last longer, it is good to cut the leaves as they contaminate the water and the hydrangeas that get infected with bacteria.

Remember to cut the flower stems at a 45 degree angle as this will impact how the hydrangea absorbs water in a positive way. Helping them to last longer and stay fresh for more time.

You will eventually need to know where and how to buy hydrangeas. I suggest buying them directly from the farm or from a local wholesaler that can get them fresh.

This is because if the flowers have been in the cooler for a couple of weeks, then they will not look good for your design. You must know how long they are going to last.

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Buying them new is preferable to buying them old with bacteria. To make this flower last longer, it is good to cut the leaves as they contaminate the water and the hydrangeas that get infected with bacteria. Remember to cut the flower stems at a 45 degree angle as this will impact how the hydrangea absorbs water in a positive way. Helping them to last longer and stay fresh for more time.

To identify that a hydrangea is not new check if they may have brown spots, and when you touch the hydrangea does it feels soft. Also do the florets have a wilted appearance. Do the leave look yellowish or brown. I want to share with you something I discovered.

I left some hydrangeas in a tied clear plastic bag for a weekend in my warehouse without the air conditioning on, so on Monday we will disposal them. When I went to the warehouse we were cleaning the hydrangeas looks as fresh as when they came from the farm, why? This is because the humidity kept them hydrated.

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If you plan on using greenery, then be sure to buy them the same time you buy your hydrangeas so you do not have to go back to the wholesaler for it. You can use greenery in your hydrangea arrangement if you want to create a more natural style of flower arrangement.

 

Choosing The Vessel

Now that your supplies are ready and your flowers are prepared for your hydrangea arrangement, it is now time to choose a vessel. By vessel I mean the container the arrangement will be place in or on top if your design is tall. You can use any container you like that fits your vision.

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This can be a glass container, a wooden container, a vase, or any other container you want for your hydrangea arrangement. Once you have selected your vessel, ensure that you have enough chicken wire or floral foam to start arranging.

 

Setting Up The Mechanics

When we discuss mechanics, we are discussing the infrastructure in which you arrange the flowers and is used to hold the piece together. If you are using chicken wire, then be sure to use wire cutters to cut the chicken wire to any dimensions you need. After you have cut the chicken wire, you can then tape it onto your container using waterproof adhesive waterproof floral tape to help keep the mechanic together so your hydrangea design stays in one piece.

 

Arranging The Flowers

After you have placed your focal flowers, then you can place the secondary to medium flowers. Now it is time to add filler flower to your arrangement so the mechanic; the floral foam/chicken wire or tape is not seen anymore. The perfect size for filler flowers vary, but once you get to this step in arranging your flowers you will know what size flowers to use.

Fill in all the extra space with your fillers as needed. Be sure to keep your flowers close together for a lush romantic look that will attract the attention of the guests. Now that you have put in your fillers, your hydrangea flower arrangement is now completed. Be sure to keep your flowers hydrated for as long as possible to keep your arrangement fresh for a longer period of time.

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Now that you have the mechanics ready for the hydrangea arrangement, it is time to place the flowers in the floral foam or chicken wire. Be sure that your hydrangea stems are cut at a 45-degree angle before you put them in the floral foam if this is part of your mechanic. Place the focal firs. These are the flowers that gather the most attention in your arrangement.

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Tip: If you are using a glass container, then you can add some props inside your arrangement to give it a more appealing look. This can be fruit slices, crystals, leaves or marbles, for example.

In conclusion the Hydrangea makes a great addition to any centerpiece. Use it for ceiling arrangements, cascading designs, bouquets, chair accents, room decor and so on. Increase your skills daily by doing further research on the minute intricacies of floral decor as i showed you here.

Related: My blog how to make you own flower arrangement.

Thank you for checking out my blog. I know you will enjoy your event much more filling your time up educating yourself on the various topics surrounding event design. We have even more content for you to enjoy and learn even more tips about event design and decor.

Best of luck to you in your event decor and planning endeavors. See you on the next blog.

 

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