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Hydrangea Tray




  • Bunch of hydrangeas
  • Scissors
  • Parchment paper
  • Phone book
  • Decorative paper or fabric
  • Small tray
  • Glass, cut slightly smaller than tray size


  1. Step 1

    Clip floret and leaves off a hydrangea bloom.

  2. Step 2

    Place floret and leaves between two pieces of parchment paper; place floret and parchment in the pages of a phone book. Repeat with remaining florets and leaves. Let florets and leaves sit until they are dry, or until any moisture is gone, about a week.

  3. Step 3

    Line the bottom of the tray with decorative paper or fabric and place dried hydrangeas and leaves on tray.

  4. Step 4

    Cover dried hydrangeas and leaves with the glass.

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Reviews (11)

  • SeaGlassLady 12 Apr, 2008

    I have used paper towels. Just make sure they are smooth in texture, otherwise your flowers will have dimpled look.

  • HapPGal 9 Apr, 2008

    This looks easy and two favorite things! I have actually done something similar to this using silk autumn leaves. There are many possibilities.

  • HolJen 9 Apr, 2008

    Just a quick question. Do the flowers brown at all while under the glass, eventually? Typically, how long with the bright beautiful colors last? I'm anxious to do this project.

  • piranha 9 Apr, 2008

    I love this idea! I have beautiful "old" hydrangea bushes that we inherited with my husband's grandmother's house. I have been meaning to sprout a few new bushes to give to my husband's aunts in memory of their mother on Mother's Day, but this is a much easier idea!

  • kid_valkyrie 9 Apr, 2008

    This would look smashing with the dark pink/purple hydrangeas! very exciting!

  • 1Toffy 8 Apr, 2008

    the comment about the paper towel will work too, however sometimes the flowers will stick and break when you try to remove them. I do like the parchment idea for just that reason. I have been drying flowers off and on for a couple years. I made a press and use that now instead of the phone book. My idea was to decorate the drawers of an old dresser after I paint it creamy ivory, then glue them on and varnish, or clearcote over the flower design. This tray looks much easier.

  • LuvMaerz 8 Apr, 2008

    I LOVE hydrangeas, and I have an ugly tray just sitting around... Hmmm, what should I do ;-)

  • vrrusa 8 Apr, 2008

    Oh and pansy's look just fantastic too! The colors are wonderful!!

  • vrrusa 8 Apr, 2008

    No need to use expensive parchment --plain white smooth paper towels work just as well.

  • HelenM_Stewart 8 Apr, 2008

    Yes, and I have taken pictures of lovely hydrangeas and they, too, cut and arranged tastefully might work as well.

  • whitbygal 8 Apr, 2008

    I would search the Internet for pictures of hydrangeas, colour copy them and place under the glass. Much easier for lazy me.