I’m back with another Dried Corn Stalks Decor Idea. This easy and inexpensive Fall Garland can be used over a front door or window. However, I’m using mine on my porch swing. I think you’ll love how it looks.
This is the second of my Corn Stalk Decor Series. It all began with these cute topiaries and wanting to create budget-friendly fall decor.
If you can get your corn stalks for free, you can decorate your whole home this fall on a dime.
What Are Some Dried Corn Stalks Decor Ideas?
There are several ways to use dried corn stalks in your fall decorating. Here are a few popular options.
- Make Corn Stalk Wreaths
- Topiaries made with corn husks like these I shared previously.
- Add to planters with pumpkins or mums
- Wrap around porch posts or tie a bundle beside your front door.
- Cover a faux pumpkin with corn husks.
- Tie a bundle around light post and add pumpkins at the base.
- Wrap husks around mason jars and tie in place with jute twine for luminiaries.
How To Dry Corn Stalks
If you are cutting your corn stalks while still green, the best way to dry them is to hang them upside down in a dry place. This will ensure a the husks remain upright while drying.
I usually wait until the stalks start to turn brown and cut them from the field. If you know a farmer, ask if you can cut stalks that the corn has already been harvested.
Supplies for Fall Garland
The supplies needed for this fall garland are free, making this a very budget-friendly DIY fall project.
- Several Dried Corn Stalks (I used approx. eight for the porch swing garland)
- Several husks removed from the stalks
- A piece of grapevine approx. the length you desire in your garland. You can use a large jute rope or a heavy-duty wire if you don’t have access to a grapevine.
- Clear Zip Ties
- Light-weight jute twine
- Floral Tape
- Hot Glue
Assemble The Fall Garland
Begin by laying out the grapevine and two corn stalks on a flat surface.
Place the corn stalk bases end to end at the center of the grapevine. The silks or tassel ends will be facing away from each other.
Continue to place corn stalks along the grapevine until you have a desired fullness.
Use the zip ties to attach all the stalks and grapevine together.
Next, using the corn stalk husks, combine several pieces and bundle them. These will be added to the center of the garland to give it more interest.
Use floral tape to hold the bundles together.
Attach Bundles to Garland
Finally, attach the bundles to the center of the garland. Tie each bundle, facing away from each other, to the garland using the light-weight jute twine.
In addition, to hide the zip ties and twine, add additional husks to the center of the garland with hot glue.
Note: The husks are fragile, and I only use hot glue when necessary. Getting them to adhere is hard, and you need to hold them in place gently.
Hang the Corn Stalks Garland
There are several ways to hang garland around your front door. One of the least invasive methods is using command hooks.
However, since this garland is made to hang on our porch swing, I only need two of these S hooks.
I hang the S hook in one of the swings chain links and attach the garland to the hook.
Once the garland is secured, bend the stalk to align with the swing chain. This will most like break the stalk, but that’s ok, provided you have attached the pieces to the grapevine or rope.
The fall garland is secure and looks perfect on the porch for fall. To brighten the garland, I added twinkle lights as well. In addition, secure the stalks to the porch swing chain with jute twine to prevent them from blowing away.
Here is a sneak peek of the front porch decorated for fall. I’ll be sharing a full tour in the next few weeks.
I hope you liked these easy and budget-friendly fall decorating ideas. Stay tuned for additional inexpensive fall decorating ideas using corn stalks.
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