Make it Monday: Hydrangeas

November 23, 2009

My MIL has two wonderful hydrangea bushes in her front garden and when she told me she was about to cut them back so I could get the pram past I jumped in there quick. After a little research I wanted to try and preserve them using glycerine. This is what I did, and how they turned out!

I seared the stems in boiling water for 30 seconds.

Then left them in water overnight for a good drink.
The next day I made up a solution of 1 part glycerine to 2 parts hot tap water so I had a couple of centimeters in a jam jar and then leave the stems in the mixture until it has all been absorbed or evaporated.

I had mixed results! Some of them worked and the flowers feel smooth and silky.

Some did not work but instead they just seemed to dry out so they are fine and I have used them in a goldfish bowl and in the candelabra on the dining room table for now. I may use them for a wreath for the front door for Christmas or perhaps table decorations.


  • Reply TheMadHouse November 23, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Great idea, mine are too far gone to do this with but have bookmarked for next years lot!!

  • Reply babygenie November 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    They look gorgeous! We had hydrangeas for our wedding and I think they're just stunning.
    Am very impressed! x

  • Reply SnafflesMummy November 26, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    wow they look beautiful, love the ones in the candle

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