Flowering plants won't last much longer, so make them into garland for fall

Oct 8, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. ET

Garlands look great draped across a mantel, wrapped down a banister or on a table. They are an inexpensive way to add color and texture to your home decor. Try creating this DIY flower garland using dried flowers. The flowers will last all season while adding seasonal flavor to your home.

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Supplies:

  • Dried flowers, large seed heads, grasses, etc.
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • A branch

I used golden rod, the seeds of a button bush, sedum and tall, native grasses that had gone to seed. I foraged these plants from a field next to my house. You can just as easily use a bouquet purchased from a store. The flowers and greenery will dry once you hang them.

If you want to give foraging a try, look for flowers and greenery that have already dried on the plant. Wild flowers like golden rod and native grasses dry very well once cut and will last for weeks. If you have beautiful fall leaves, this would be a great way to display a little seasonal color.

Instructions:

cut twine

1. Cut 5 equal sections of twine. The length will vary depending on where you plan to hang or drape the garland.

Cut flowers

2. Trim your flowers into small sprigs or single blossoms with an inch or two of stem.

Loop

3. Tie a loop at one end of the twine.

Tie twin around flowers

4. At about 2-3 inches from the top loop, tie a double knot around the top section of the stem. Try to tie it under a set of leaves.

5. Repeat tying flowers at intervals apart from each other. You can space them as close or as far as you want. I did not measure, I just eyeballed it. If you find that the knot is slipping, try adding a dab of hot glue at the knot to help secure it.

Garland

6. After you have made 5 garlands, it’s time to hang them on the branch. Slip the loops over the branch, spacing them a few inches apart.

Garland 7

7. Cut another 2-foot length of twine. Tie onto each end of the branch. Hang up your handmade floral decor.

Try draping your floral garland across your fireplace mantel or use it as a tabletop arrangement. Suspend the garland from a plant hanger or across a window frame. Wherever you hang it, it’s a great way to bring the outdoors in this autumn.

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