How to Easily Dye Dried Blue Hydrangeas in 3 Easy Steps

With our easy-to-follow guide, you can unleash your creativity and add a personal touch to your home decor. Learn how to dye-dried blue hydrangeas in three simple steps. Discover the best dyes and techniques for vibrant, lasting colors to enhance your home décor.

A dyed hydrangea flower arrangement sitting on top of a coffee table.

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Today is our Handcrafted Society post, and we were all challenged to use dried or pressed flowers in our projects. Since I love dried flowers, this was an easy choice for me.

Don’t forget to check out all of the girls’ posts at the end of this post. There are so many unique projects.

Introduction to Dying Dried Hydrangeas

Using dried hydrangea flowers in home decor is a timeless choice. They retain their beauty for years, although they can fade over time. But what if you’re ready for a new color scheme? Surprisingly, you can transform them right at home with a simple DIY process. This guide will walk you through dyeing dried hydrangeas in just three easy steps, offering a refreshing update to old blooms or a chance to create a custom color palette for your home decor.

Supplies Needed to Dye Hydrangea Blossoms

Hydrangeas are a popular choice for drying and dyeing due to their sturdy stems and the delicate nature of their petals, which can hold their shape well and create beautiful dried arrangements.

White dried hydrangeas sitting in a galvanized watering can.
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Preparing Your Dried Hydrangeas for Dyeing

Hydrangeas are beautiful flowers to dry. I cut flower stems from my Annabelle hydrangeas using sharp shears when they are in full bloom. This is typically late summer or early fall. This type of hydrangea creates beautiful dried hydrangeas. 

When it comes to preserving hydrangeas, there are two main drying methods, each with its advantages.

Vase Drying Hydrangeas:

  • This is the more straightforward drying process and is ideal for those wanting a more natural, vintage look for their dried hydrangeas. You cut the hydrangea blooms at the right time (when the florets feel slightly papery) and place them in a vase with several inches of water. Let the water evaporate naturally in a cool, dark location. The blooms will dry slowly, taking a couple of weeks, and develop softer, muted colors. (This is the method I use) Over time, they lost their color and turned off white. 

Air Drying Hydrangeas: 

  • This method offers faster drying times and potentially more vibrant color. You cut the stems and remove the leaves, then hang the blooms upside down in a cool and dry environment in a dark area with good air circulation. You can use a clothesline or tie the stems together. This method can take 1-2 weeks for the blooms to dry completely.

Regardless of the drying method you choose,
 patience is key. Keep the blooms out of direct sunlight to prevent fading throughout the drying process.

Choosing the Right Dye for Your Hydrangeas

It is very important to choose the correct dye for your dried blooms. I tried three different methods before I found one that worked. 

Here is what I tried. 

  • A bucket of water adding acrylic paint. I then dipped the flower head in the bucket and allowed it to soak. However, the dried flower did not soak up the paint much. It did give a hint of color, but not what I was looking for. 
  • The second method I tried was spray paint, which gave a very interesting look, but again, it was not what I was looking for.  Maybe I should of tried floral spray paint, but I did not have any in my cupboard. 
  • Third, I tried making a dye bath using acetone and oil-based gourd dye. I then soaked the flower head in this solution, but I did not have success.
  • Lastly, I tried dipping the flower head in acetone and then dropping the ink dye onto the flower. I found the best dye (gourd master dye) for dried hydrangeas; it was the best way to get the perfect watercolor look of a realistic hydrangea bloom. 
  • I am thinking that you could also try alcohol inks. They are the same type of ink as the gourd inks and are easier to find.
Tip from wendy’s craft room:

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of paints and mediums until you achieve the look you want.

Choosing the right colors

Since I love keeping my hydrangeas’ natural look, I used a touch of green mixed with blue dye to mimic their original color. While hydrangea stems come in various hues, the beauty of dried flower dyeing is its creative freedom. With a wide range of colors available in gourd dye, alcohol inks or fabric dye like Rit dye, you can customize your dried blooms to perfectly match your décor!

Tip from wendy’s craft room:

There are no hard rules when it comes to choosing a color. My advice is to choose the colors you love and will go with the decor in your home.

The Dyeing Process: Step-by-Step Guide 

The dyeing process I created is very simple. 

  • Dip the dried white hydrangea flower heads in a bath of acetone, or simply pour some acetone over the hydrangea flower head.
  • Drop a few drops of the gourd dye or alcohol ink onto the hydrangea.
  • Dip your paintbrush into the acetone and then spread the dye on the petals until you get the peak color you are looking for. 
  • I used both green and blue dye to create a natural-looking hydrangea.
I was showing how the green dye takes to the dried Hydrangea.
It shows the process of adding drops of dye to the dried blue hydrangea.
  • Continue this process until you have a perfect hued bloom of your choice.
  • Place the dry flowers into a piece of styrofoam for a few hours to dry. 
Dyed blue hydrangeas with the stems stuck into a piece of styrofoam to dry.
  • Once the flowers are dry, spray them with hairspray. Dried flowers become brittle and delicate. Hairspray can help stiffen the petals slightly, reducing the chance of them breaking off and creating a mess. 
Tip from wendy’s craft room:

Try mixing a few different colors together to create a more natural look.

Styling your dried blossoms

Now that your hydrangeas are dyed, let’s get creative with them. Here are three of my favorite ways you could use your new dyed blue hydrangea blooms.

  • Incorporate them into a Textured Arrangement like I did: Dried hydrangeas add a beautiful pop of color and texture to floral arrangements. Combine them with other dried flowers like eucalyptus, baby breath, and cat tails in a beautiful wood vase for a rustic elegance. 
An up-close view of a dried flower arrangement using blue-dyed hydrangeas.
Blue hydrangea flower arrangement sitting on the coffee table.

Create a Standalone Statement Piece: Dried hydrangeas with full, fluffy blooms can be a stunning centerpiece. Display them in a large ceramic vase or a vintage urn for a classic look. Opt for a modern approach with a sleek glass vase or a woven basket for a more rustic feel.

Dried blue hydrangeas in a white ironstone pot.

Craft a DIY Wreath: Dried hydrangeas are perfect for creating beautiful, long-lasting wreaths. Use a floral wreath form as the base and secure the hydrangea blooms with floral wire or hot glue. For added visual interest, you can incorporate other dried elements like berries, twigs, or leaves. This wreath can be displayed on a door, wall, or even as a table centerpiece.

21 ways to decorate with hydrangeas- dried hydrangea wreath on she shed door
Tip from wendy’s craft room:

Mix and match different colors of hydrangeas for a stunning look.

Yield: 1 Bunch of Blue Hydrangeas

How to Dye Dried Hydrangeas in Three Easy Steps

An oil-based painted blue hydrangea.

Learn how to dye-dried blue hydrangeas in three simple steps with our easy-to-follow guide. Discover the best dyes and techniques.

Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $15.00-$20.00


  • Dried Hydrangeas
  • Acetone
  • Paintbrush
  • Gourd dye, color of your choice. I used denim blue and deep green. (You can also use alcohol ink)
  • A piece of styrofoam to dry the hydrangeas


  • Paper towels
  • Hairspray


  1. Dip the dried white hydrangea flower heads in a bath of acetone.
  2. Drop a few drops of the gourd dye onto the petals.
  3. Dip your paintbrush into the acetone and then spread the dye on the petals until you get the peak color you are looking for. 
  4. Continue this process until you have a perfect hued bloom of your choice.
  5. Place the dry flowers into a piece of styrofoam for a few hours.  
  6. Once the flowers are dry, spray them with hairspray. Dried flowers become brittle and delicate. Hairspray can help stiffen the petals slightly, reducing the chance of them breaking off and creating a mess. 

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Wrapping Up

In just three simple steps – choosing your drying method, selecting your dye, and letting the magic happen – you can transform your dried hydrangeas into vibrant works of art! Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors to create unique pieces that perfectly complement your décor. The possibilities are endless, whether you want to recreate the original hue or go for something entirely unexpected. So grab your dried blooms, unleash your creativity, and prepare to add a colorful personality to your space!

See the links below to all the other creative projects our Handcrafted Society has created.

Picture of white hydrangeas that are being dyed blue to create a beautiful flower arrangement.

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  1. Wendy
    I’ve never considered dying hydrangeas but now I want to try it. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Thank you, Rachel; it was very easy once I figured out the suitable medium to use.

  2. Hi Wendy! Your dyed hydrangeas are gorgeous! This is such a fabulous idea, I would have never thought to dye them! Thanks for sharing the process! I’m trying to grow them for the first time!

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