Make this incredibly easy summer hydrangea wreath for your front door in just a few minutes, with no crafty skills required!
Its a toss up between which flower is my favorite, hydrangeas or tulips. They’re both so cheery and bright, can’t they both be my favorite flower?!!
I’ve made a few hydrangea wreaths before, like this Rainbow Hydrangea Wreath and also my Patriotic Hydrangea Wreath. Since then, I’ve figured out a much easier technique using a grapevine wreath as a base instead of a wire wreath form. (See more about wreath bases in my Ultimate Wreath Making Guide)
A grapevine wreath base is a bit more traditional, and its pretty fool proof. They’re inexpensive and easy to find. They give a nice flat-ish surface, with grapevine stems woven around, making a great base for building a wreath. In this technique, we’re basically shoving the hydrangea blooms into the grapevine twigs and then using hot glue to keep them in place.
Honestly, from the front, you can’t really tell what type of “wreath base” its on. So you can use what you have or what you think sounds easier, either grapevine wreath or wire frame.
Here’s the link again to the tutorial that uses the wire wreath base to make a hydrangea wreath, if that’s what you want to use.
Since hydrangea wreaths are pretty uniform, you don’t need any particular crafty skills or even a crafty “eye” to make a beautiful wreath. I promise its super easy!
Perfect Summer Wreath
Spring wreaths are easy and plentiful to find, but sometimes its a bit harder to find beautiful summer wreaths. Hydrangea is a great choice for a summer flower, as it blooms in early summer, and can bloom all summer long, fading into deeper colors in the fall.
Hydrangeas are definitely a great flower for summertime!
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Supplies needed to make a Hydrangea Wreath
Really all you need for making your own hydrangea wreath is:
- Artificial hydrangea blooms
- Grapevine wreath base (I like using an 18″ wreath)
- Hot glue gun
- Floral/wire cutters
My favorite faux hydrangea blooms are at Hobby Lobby and Michaels. They’re a little tricky to find online at Michaels, for some reason the search turns up peony stems along with the hydrangea stems. So here is a link to the white hydrangea stems, and beautiful soft green hydrangea stems, lavender hydrangea stems, and also really pretty dark blue hydrangea stems.
Hobby Lobby carries an impressive variety of colors of hydrangea stems. My fall rainbow wreath incorporates a few of the beautiful shades of hydrangea blooms from Hobby Lobby. I do think the colors that they carry are slightly more muted or deep, and sometimes I prefer a bright cheery shade for summertime wreaths.
You probably could make this wreath with dried hydrangeas, but I think its easier and will last longer to just use artificial hydrangea blooms. Then you don’t have to worry about drying hydrangea carefully or it becoming brittle. And not everyone has a hydrangea plant that they can snip a few blooms from.
How many hydrangea blooms?
Most of the hydrangea wreaths I make are using an 18″ grapevine wreath as a base. It fits 9 hydrangea blooms perfectly, You could squeeze in one or two more if you want to, or maybe use less, if you really like the “snowball” look of the hydrangeas and want to space them out more to highlight that.
Multicolored hydrangea wreath vs solid hydrangea wreath
Both are great! I love multicolor, of course, like my original rainbow hydrangea wreath, and the more muted version in my tutorial shown below as well. My eye is drawn to see the pattern in the colors, but it might not bother you.
I also love the solid look of one color of hydrangeas for the whole wreath. My neighbor wanted me to make a few wreaths for her and a few of her friends, and I was surprised at how much I loved the solid colors. I especially love the blues!
Either way, you can’t go wrong!
Are you ready to make your own beautiful summer hydrangea wreath? Lets do it!
- Hot glue gun
- Wire cutters
- Floral wire (optional)
- Start by cutting the blooms off the long stem. Leave about 1-1.5 inches so that you can use it to put the glue on. Also cut the leaves off the stem as well.
- Without any glue, shove the hydrangea stems into the grapevine base. Depending on how many blooms you are using, you can place one at "north and south" and then fill in the halves with the remaining blooms. Rearrange as needed to get the spacing just right.
- Once you like the look, remove one stem at a time, cover in hot glue and then replace back into its spot. Repeat til all the blooms are secured.
- Add in the leaves as desired, hot glueing into place when you like the look. Or leave the leaves out for a "snowball" effect.
For extra security (if you have a "hot" front door), you can using floral wire and wrap it through the blooms and around the wreath to really hold it tight. Sometimes in extreme weather, the hot glue isn't quite enough and can melt or freeze and not be as effective.
Doors that face west can get really hot in the afternoon sun, and sadly I've seen wreaths not hold up in the heat.
I hope this tutorial has been helpful!
I love to see the wreaths YOU make! Tag me @thehowtomom on IG or use the hashtag #thehowtomomwreaths so I can see it and tell you how talented you are!
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