Dried Hydrangea Decor/Fall Decorating: Junk Visionaries October Challenge

October 5, 2015

dried hydrangeas vintage shutter display
Are you a junk visionary? I'm so excited to be a part of Lucy at Patina Paradise's Junk Visionaries group. A few talented blogging friends and I get together once a month and post great repurposed stuff relating to a theme. The theme for October is nature. So I thought and thought and thought. How can I bring nature into a repurposing project?

Well, most of you know that my all-time favorite natural element is the hydrangea. At last count we had over 20 hydrangea bushes of various shapes and colors to choose from in our yard! So the light bulb went off: hydrangeas! I've displayed them in so many ways over the years, I knew that I needed a fresh new idea for this challenge. And I came up with an idea that I think works well and I'm pretty pleased with.

I started out with an old, chippy, white shutter that I picked up as part of a pair at a flea market a few years back. At the time my thought was to use them for jewelry display. I did end up using one for that purpose. But this one had basically been sitting in the garage so I knew it was time to put it to good use.

At first I only used a few blooms, and some of my Baby Boo pumpkins. (Don't worry, it gets WAY better!)

Dreid hydrangeas vintage shutter display

 It looked okay, but nothing special.

Dried hydrangea vintage shutter display

Here I added a ceramic black and white candle holder with a white pumpkin
inside of it. Still okay, but nothing special.

I ended up trying a few different display tactics. The one I love most is where I filled the shutter with hydrangea blooms to the point of bursting at the seams! I like to call it the "cascade effect." I really do think it looks like a waterfall of hydrangea blooms, and really makes for a great fall d├ęcor vignette.
  
Dreid hydrangea vintage shutter display


I think that using my old shutter as a floral display piece was a pretty good idea if I do say so myself! 

Dreid hydrangea vintage shutter display

Dreid hydrangea vintage shutter display

Dreid hydrangea vintage shutter display

Dreid hydrangea vintage shutter display

Dreid hydrangea vintage shutter display

I really love the contrasting colors of the different varieties.
 It's a subdued fall display that I believe will really work well 
into the Thanksgiving season. I swear I smile to myself every
time I walk past it!

I hope you liked my shutter repurpose with natural elements and that I've motivated you to go out and create a fall vignette of your own. I think any kind of shutter and flower type combination will do. Sunflowers would probably be awesome!

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Calypso In The Country said...

Very pretty - and I always love those little white pumpkins!
Shelley

Thea Morris said...

I love, Love, LOVE what you created! The gorgeous hydrangeas arranged on the shutters is brilliant!

Lulu said...

You've gotten the hydrangeas in all their variations and used them very creatively.

carrie said...

I love hydrangeas. This truly is beautiful. I'm a little jealous of your baby boo's, I can't find them anywhere!!!

Sydney Andersen said...

I love hydrangeas too and I love your display here! I need to find an old shutter to do this with ASAP!

One More Time Events said...

What a beautiful way to display your hydrangeas ....love it!

Kim Jones said...

I adore Hydrangeas and it makes me sad we can't grow them where I live. I would be like you and wallpapering my house with them if I could!!!! This is such a beautiful project and great idea. I have a shutter just like that so I will have to see what I can substitute, but I am not sure you can beat the Hydrangea!!!

Jill Flory said...

I love your finished result! Isn't it fun to create a display and just keep tweaking it till you love it?! Great job!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh I am sooooo jealous, I love hydrangeas, but they are hard to grow here in Orlando with the humidity, what a great variety of colors!

Carol

Cathy Carroll said...

Love all the hydrangeas Kathleen - so pretty. Cathy

handmade by amalia said...

Hydrangeas are gorgeous to begin with and this really is a cool way to display them. I like!
Amalia
xo

My thrift store addiction said...

Kathleen, the hydrangeas and shutter display is perfection! Blessings, Cecilia

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