Tabletop Autumn sheaves have become popular decorating trends these past several years. You’ve probably seen these in your favorite home decor stores; sheaves are basically a collection of similarly sized grasses or sticks tied together with a bit of natural rope. The bases are cut straight across so the sheaf can be used as a tabletop or mantle decoration.
Making your own Autumn themed tabletop sheaf is very easy to do and certainly is much cheaper than buying a natural grass Autumn sheaf at the store. Here’s some simple instructions for making your own tabletop sheaf with dried flowers and stalks that can be found in a backyard.
Supplies & Instructions for making an Autumn tabletop sheaf.
Items needed include:
* A large armful of dried twigs, willow sticks, dried sunflower or corn stalks, dried corn tassels, dried yarrow, or other dried flowers cut to the same length. 12″ lengths, 18″ lengths, or 24″ inch lengths are typical
* small bypass pruners
* Hemp or rope in the thickness of your choice
1. Gather up the dried flowers or twigs in your hands to create a bundle of at least 2″ (or more) of thickness. If working with dried flowers, arrange the blossoms so they are evenly distributed across the top.
2. Cut two sections of twine 10″ long. Tie one piece of twine around the bundle 2″ from the bottom. Tie the second piece of twine 6-8 inches above the first string.
3. Tuck the tip of the hemp rope into the uppermost section of twine, pointing downwards.
4. Working from top to bottom, tightly coil the rope around the bundle so that the stalks are completely hidden. Stop the coil about 2″ from the bottom, cut, and work the tip of the rope back under the coil to hide. To guide you through this step, take a close look at the accompanying photograph.
5. Once the rope has been tied off, use the bypass pruners to even up the base of the Autumn sheaf so that it will stand.
These five simple steps is really all it takes to make an Autumn table top decoration using the dried flowers and stalks found in many yards. Considering that retailers are currently selling their own versions of tabletop sheaves for $30 and up, this easy craft is an affordable alternative for decorating your home in an Autumn theme.