Hydrangeas are popular, old-fashioned clusters of flowers. Their big blooms scent the air in summertime, and when they fade in autumn, they dry, allowing you to pick them so they can be preserved through the winter. You can make your own hydrangea bouquet that will last forever with a few inexpensive materials. Petals made from tissue paper in light blue, lavender, and yellow attached to florist's wire stems with greenish-brown silk or velvet leaves can simulate convincing hydrangeas. You can give them an aged look by staining some of the petals with damp tea bags.
Trace the petal pattern onto cardboard, and cut it out. Enlarge it if necessary.
Take several sheets of different coloured tissue paper and lay them together. Cut a small square section three or four sheets thick so it's easy to work with. Paper clip the ends or hold them tightly so they won't move. Trace the cardboard pattern onto the tissue, and cut out some petals.
Repeat tracing and cutting petals until you have as many as you want to work with. A dozen or so is a good amount to start.
Cut a piece of florist's wire about 12 inches long. It should be long enough to create a stem with enough room at the top to fold over three or four petals. As you twist the wire, bunch tissue petals together to give them substance and to make the job less tedious.
Mix different colours together on wire stems, or use petals of all one shade if you prefer. Vary the number of petals on stems so they look more natural.
Take groupings of six or seven wire stems with petals attached. Twist the stems together all the way to the top to create clusters of flowers. The more petals you have, the more realistic your bouquet will look.
Attach leaves to the wire stems. Put your flowers in a vase. It takes only three or four bunches of hydrangeas to create a stunning arrangement.
Tissue paper works well for this project because its wrinkled appearance gives the petals the veined look of real dried hydrangeas. You can shrink or enlarge the petal pattern to any size you like. The larger the petals are, the easier they'll be to work with.