One of my favorite flowers are wild sunflowers. Unlike the single super sized sunflower head that kids go wild over, wild sunflowers have dozens of blooms with heads ranging in size from one inch in diameter to three. For bringing color to your yard and home, wild sunflowers make a wonderful addition to any garden.
Part of a wild sunflower’s charm is that they begin blooming as early as June and continue blooming clear into October. Their lovely yellow flowers with black centers are colorful and make fantastic arrangements for summer parties and barbecues. Better yet, once the sunflower heads begin to die back the seeds attract dozens of finches and chickadees clear into the winter.
Dried sunflower heads also make fantastic Autumn decorations for the porch and your home. Because of the different sizes and varying stages of drying, wild sunflowers are well suited for Autumn home decor. Here’s some easy and unique ways that we use dried wild sunflowers to decorate our home for Autumn.
Arrange dried sunflower heads in an attractive canning jar.
Decorating with dried sunflowers doesn’t get easier than this craft. To make a rustic tabletop decoration, collect an assortment of dried sunflower heads and arrange attractively in a jar. Finish up the arrangement with a sprig of dried flowers or corn tassels and wrap with raffia or crafting hemp.
Make a natural wild sunflower sheaf.
Sheaves are bundles of dried grasses, wheat, corn tassels or twigs tied up at the midpoint with a thick coil of hemp. Dried sunflowers and their stalks can also be transformed into an Autumn sheaf tabletop decoration. What I do is cut several dozen dried wild sunflower heads with about 24″ of stalk, and then wrap about 3 inches of the gathered stalks with thick hemp for a rustic look.
Use to decorate an Autumn wreath.
I love decorating my front porch with seasonal wreaths. But, instead of buying a new wreath every month, I just change out the decorations seasonal on a plain 24″ woven wood wreath. For Autumn decorating, dried wild sunflower heads are an easy way to decorate a wreath for the fall. To use dried sunflower heads on your wreath, cut the head leaving a 2″ stalk. Press the stalk tip into the wreath leaving the front side of the sunflower head visible to approaching guests.
Place in an attractive basket for coffee table display.
Wild sunflower heads in various states of “drying” look attractive all by themselves in a rustic dollar store basket. For extra Autumn color, toss in a few dried acorns, small pine cones, and dollar store foam gourds with the sunflowers.