Create your own amazing fall decor with these perfectly dried corn stalks. Here’s how to make this classic fall decoration yourself.
I love using corn stalks to decorate my house in the fall. They create such a great fall-y atmosphere pretty much instantly and they’re such a great back drop for all the other fun pumpkins and mums that we like to put out as soon as the cooler weather hits (and sometimes a little before that).
In the past, we’ve either picked up our corn stalks from the local farmer’s market, already dried and tied up with a bow for us, or we’ve just used them green from our garden. The thing is, in late September or early October when we’re usually doing most of our fall stuff, the corn in the garden is still green. I see that corn dry out, along with the corn in the fields, around the end of November, which is just a bit too late for most of our fall decor needs. I always thought that the corn stalks that you get at the farmer’s market were maybe just some kind of special breed that dried up early so they could harvest it and sell it in the fall.
You have to dry that stuff out! So here’s how to do it.
Perfectly Dried Corn Stalks
First, grow yourself a little jungle of corn, eat the corn, then wonder what to do with all those leftover stalks.
Next, harvest your corn stalks from the garden by cutting them close to the ground.
Next, hang them upside down, either by tying them up, or by hooking them on to something. We just dried ours by hooking them onto the chicken wire supports that our grape vines grow on.
Wherever you put them, make sure they’re upside down, so that the leaves stay upright, and in a sunny spot.
That’s it! It only takes about 5 days or so, and the corn stalks become the perfect harvesty gold color for fall decor!
Definitely give this one a try for your fall decor if you’ve had corn growing in your garden. A few more corn stalks are always a good idea when it comes to fall decorating!
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.