Autumn sheaves are really big this year as Autumn table top decorations for the home. Tabletop sheaves resemble the old wheat sheaf from the turn of the century in which the wheat was bundled and stood on end to dry.
Making your own Autumn table top sheaf decoration is totally easy to do, and can be made out of almost anything. After discovering that my local discount store was actually selling bundles of dried sticks and grass for $15 on sale (imagine that!) I decided to make my own Autumn sheaf using found objects from the back yard. The end result was a rustic tabletop sheaf out of dried sunflowers along with dried corn tassels and a bit of hemp rope. From start to finish, the entire project took me about 15 minutes and cost absolutely nothing to make. Here’s how it was done:
Supplies & Instructions.
* Hand pruners
* 24″ lengths of cut, dried sunflowers. It’s OK to use live sunflowers for now, since they will dry out within a few weeks
* Scissors & Twine
* A coil of 1/4″ thick hemp rope
* Raffia or crafting hemp
* Assortment of dried florals from the garden such as coneflower, corn tassels, yarrow, or dried herbs.
1. Gather the sunflowers in your hand, arranging the sunflower heads so that they are uniformly distributed across the top.
2. Cut two 12′ sections of twine. Use on strand to tie the bundle just below the lowest sunflower. Use the second section to tie the bundle again, this time 3 inches from the bottom.
3. Starting at the top and working down, wrap the sheaf with the 1/4″ hemp rope, pulling tightly as you wrap around the stems. To prevent the rope from uncoiling, either rubber band the end of the rope to the sheaf before you begin coiling, or hot glue it in place.
4. Stop coiling the rope when you are within 2-3 inches of the base. Cut the end of the rope, and tuck under to secure.
5. On the front face of your Autumn sunflower sheaf, use raffia to make a bow or to tie a sprig of dried herbs or corn tassels for extra embellishment.
6. To finish up the sheaf, insert some corn tassels or other dried perennials into the top of the sheaf for some variety. Prune the base evenly so that the sheaf can stand up on its own.
While I used dried sunflowers to make this rustic looking Autumn tabletop sheaf, you can choose to make yours out of other dried plants found in the yard. Dried corn stalks, dried herbs, yarrow, and dried Shasta daisies are just a few examples of materials that can be used to create your own rustic Autumn sheaf.