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Hydrangea Flower Arrangements | DIY Complete Guide

Whether for your next DIY project or big event, hydrangea flower arrangements are widely known for the appeal they bring due to the flowers they hold.

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
  • Arranging the flowers

About Hydrangea Flowers

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Before I start writing about hydrangea in depth I would like to tell you about this beautiful but complicated flower if you don’t know how to handle and care for it.

Hydrangeas are a very thirsty flower. It loves to be hydrated frequently when it is already in the design you are making, so they look their best.

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When I receive the hydrangea, usually coming from a long journey because I like to buy them directly from the farm, I open the box to see the source of flowers because they are shipped with water tubes of a small clear bag with water.

If any of them are low in water, then I remove it from the water source it was shipped with and recut it then place it in a clean water bucket 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.

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I never use a cooler but rather I use my design room which 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 to starting the design process I recut all the hydrangeas and place them in a clean water bucket.

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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 infected with bacteria.

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.

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Then, I place the head of the hydrangea in the water and leave it for at least 30 minute to make sure they are hydrated 100%.

Allow me to explain to you why I place the head of the hydrangea in the ice water. 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 before setting them in the venue.

This flower is great to design with because if you are short on money you will not need that many hydrangeas to have a nice centerpiece.

Related: My article the different types of flowers.

We always order at least 10% more of what we will need to have replacement flowers as needed.

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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. It also comes in different sizes, the larger one is the one that I enjoy working with the most. It is called jumbo.

There are standard and mini sizes and 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, while the standard can be used for centerpieces or bridal bouquets.

Sometimes when the budget is very small, the bride decides to have one jumbo hydrangea for her bouquet and a standard size for the bridesmaids.

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The beauty of this flower is that florets form the head. These are individual flowers that have their own mini stem, so you can cut them individually to make pave designs.

There are antique hydrangeas that, when they dry, still look so beautiful in the floral design. A few years ago the hydrangea was a very popular flower for their size and beauty.

The arrangements were made in a more romantic style, but nowadays is a more natural look. There are still many clients that love to incorporate hydrangeas within their event flowers. 

Envisioning The Design You are Aiming To Create

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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 mechanic.

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Be sure to ask many questions when trying to envision your design.

The Tools You Will Need

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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, then you can cut the foam with any regular knife. It’s less messy to cut it when it’s wet. 
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  • 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. 
  • 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

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You 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.

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You must know how long they are going to last, and that is why you should buy them new and not old as they might already have bacterias.

To make this flower last longer, it is good to cut the leaves as they contaminate the water and the hydrangeas could get infected with bacterias.

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.

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Let’s discuss how to identify if the hydrangeas are not new; they may have brown spots, when you touch it it feels soft and the florets have a wilted appearance, the leaves look yellowish or brown.

I want to share with you something I discovered.

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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 dispose them.

When I went to my warehouse we were cleaning the hydrangeas and they looked as fresh as when they came from the farm, why?

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This is because the humidity kept them hydrated. If you plan on using greenery, then be sure to buy them the same time you buy your hydrangeas so you don’t 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

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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 placed in or on top of 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

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When we discuss mechanics, we discuss the infrastructure in which your arrange the flowers and it 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

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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 first, the flowers that gather the most attention in your arrangement. After you have placed your focal flowers, you can place the secondary or medium flowers.

Now it is time to add filler flowers 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.

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.

Conclusion

Hydrangea Flower Arrangements | DIY Complete Guide

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.

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About Me

I am the CEO of an event service firm, Bisli Event Services LLC. I am also a published author of my book “Never The Mother Of The Bride”. With an introduction by the world-famous David Tutera, star of the hit show My Fair Wedding on WE Tv.

I also am the author of multiple floral arrangement decor courses online. I’ve been featured on platinum weddings, Top Chef on Bravo, Platinum Weddings on WETV, CNN, CNN Latino, MTV Latino, San Antonio weddings magazine, kens5, and the knot.

I have been a Wedding planner, floral designer, event designer, speaker, and Luxury celebrations coach for almost three decades. I also have done events for celebrities such as Barak Obama.

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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