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?