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How To Dry Your Own Pampas Grass For A DIY Wreath

pampas grass wreath on black background.

In this article I show how to dry your pampas grass two ways and a step-by-step tutorial to make a wreath. Are you ready to make a fluffy, fall wreath? Let’s do it!

Today I am joining KariAnne of Thistlewood Farm and a group of bloggers for a fun Fall Hop!

If you are joining from Eryn Whalen Online, welcome! And wasn’t her front porch project so cute?

Make sure to visit the next blogger linked at the end of this article too!

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white faux pampas grass wreath in a store display.

While shopping at Crate & Barrel I saw this faux pampas grass wreath and it really caught my attention. I love the simplicity and texture, and how it is a bit ethereal. It got me thinking about how to make my own!

This lead me on a wild goose chase. I checked Amazon, but the delivery times were long and I really wanted t see the pampas plumes in person. I checked online and my local Michael’s had plenty faux pampas plumes in stock.

However, when I headed over, the actual inventory was different than their website. I made a bee line for the faux florals and found nothing! Then I asked a very sweet employee for help; she searched the aisles with me, and even went to the back to check unopened boxes that were recently delivered.

No luck!

Then, I went over to Home Goods – no luck!

I left the shopping center and considered ideas of where else I might search. I remembered that a friend had a pampas grass plant! Rejoice!

My goofy excited face & the freshly cut pampas grass!

Woman in car with freshly cut pampas grass in backseat.

Just a warning- these grasses can be very sharp! Therefore, I suggest you use gloves. My arms and hands were so scratched and itchy after cutting. I must have been overly excited and pawing at the strands lol. Next time I will make sure to wear gloves and use more caution.

Gather materials to dry your pampas grass and make your wreath.

Materials to make a pampas grass wreath. Strand of pampas grass, hairspray bottle, wire wreath frame, sisal rope, scissors, and floral wire.

Firstly, you will want to gather items to dry your pampas grass and to make your wreath. I waited just two days of dry time and then made the wreath.

Peel the leaves of the pampas grass.

Hand peeling a piece of pampas grass.

Secondly, you will peel the leaves, the green outer part of the grass. This step is really simple. You may want to wear gloves.

Apply hairspray to the plumes of pampas grass.

Hand spraying  can of hair spray onto a plume of grass.

While doing some research on pampas grass, I stumbled upon this tip to use hairspray to quicken the drying process and help prevent shedding.

Leave pampas grass plumes to dry overnight.

White cat laying in front of a fireplace. Stack of wood and pampas grass to left of fire.

That night we lit a fire and I set the plumes nearby to further dry out.

Wrap sisal rope around a wreath form.

Hand holding sisal rope and wrapping it around a green wire wreath frame.

The grass felt pretty dry by the next day and definitely dry by day two. The stems still retained some flexibility, which made it easy to wrap them around the wreath form. Which leads us to the next step…

Tuck pampas plumes into the sisal rope and wreath form.

Hand tucking a plume of pampas grass into wreath form.

Tuck the stems into the wreath form so that they are all going in the same direction.

Use floral wire to secure plumes to wreath form.

Hand holding green florist wire and wrapping it around pampas grass and wreath frame.

Step back and make adjustments.

Living room decorated for fall. Pumpkins on hearth and mantle. Dried  wreath over mantle.

After hanging the wreath, I made a few tweaks. Some areas looked too bushy or floppy, creating a messy look.

I am always looking for fun ways to decorate my mantle for fall. If you are too, check out this post full of autumn inspiration.

Why not hang your wreath in front of a window?

Dried, ethereal, fluffy pampas grass wreath hanging in front of large windows.

These wreaths will do best indoors or at least in a covered spot indoors. There are so many places to display your wreath! For instance, over the mantle, in front of a window, on a mirror, on a shelf, or even as a centerpiece.

Next up on the hop is Christin from My Homier Home. I’m sure you will love her DIY Porch Sign .

All the Fall Ideas!

Make sure to visit the other linked projects below!


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Amy Sadler Designs   Back Porch Bliss   Cocoon Raw   Make Every Day an Event    Thistlewood    Peacock Ridge Farm   

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65 thoughts on “How To Dry Your Own Pampas Grass For A DIY Wreath”

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  2. What an absolutely great project Marie!!! I have tried growing pampas grass so many times and it never sprouts the plumes. Definitely going to give it another try as your wreath is fabulous.

      1. Wow!!! I had no idea! It gets too cold here for it to make it thru the winter so people have to plant it every year.

    1. This wreath is so beautiful Marie and it’s perfect for Fall too! You are always so creative. I love seeing what you come up with no matter what the season. Hugs, CoCo

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    7. LOVE this wreath, Marie! I wish we had pampas grass around here. I made have to order some and make one myself! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story! Link Party. You’ve been featured this week 🙂

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    17. What a great tutorial, on not only how to dry pampas grass, but how to make the wreath, too! Love the fall coastal feel, too! I’m so happy to be featuring your post at Tuesday Turn About this week! Pinned!

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