This was a very good year and around the second week of August I snipped most of the blooms. I tried a couple of different ways of drying the blooms. These blooms are in a bucket of water, to dry naturally as the water evaporates.This bunch I let dry without water. I’d like to be able to tell you which way worked best, but I can’t. The patio leaks when it rains, and it rained while I was in California and the blooms got wet. I KNOW that was not good for them, but they did okay.When I got the opportunity to test my hand with some Rit Dye, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.These are my dried blooms.
As you can see, my hot water didn’t quite make the line. I decided it isn’t brain surgery, my color would just be a little deeper.
I dipped my dried blooms into the dye bath.
I clipped the wet blooms onto a sapling in my back yard that I grew from a SEED! I’m loving this tree. It’s one of those trees that sprout up, I protected it from the lawn mower. I planned to take it to jamie, but it grew too fast. It hung out on the fence for 2 years, then I moved it to the back yard. It’s a ornamental pear tree. It is about 2.5 years old now.
I dyed some blooms blue and and lavender (using blue and pink combined). After I dyed the blooms, my water was still really good and warm, so I grabbed a couple of drop cloth placemats from the kitchen.
I dampened the placemats, and ended up pouring the orange dye water into a wider container.I wanted to do an ombre pattern. To achieve this, I gently folded the placemat in half, and dipped the center into the dye bath. I clipped the placemat so that I could let it soak in the color for about 10 minutes or so.After that, I released the close pin, and lowered it further into the dye bath, but not leaving it for so long. I did that one last time to just give a little color to the furthest end.I used the water hose to rinse the placemats until the water was clear.
I hung them on the clothesline, instead of the tree. They are great for Halloween because they look just like candy corn!
Because of the way my hydrangeas were dried, some took the color differently than others.
I put them in one of my caddies and used the placemats that I dyed.
I really love how the flowers AND the placemats turned out!
I used some hydrangea leaves to add some green.
Do you love hydrangeas as much as I do?
You still have time to dye some hydrangeas and placemats black for Halloween!
What have you dyed lately?