When I was little, my family lived on the Great South Bay and we always had plenty of ornamental grasses around. At the beginning of each fall, my mom would have my dad go out and cut down an armful of plumes. He would always come back with a huge bundle and my mom would make a broom or a wreath for the front door out of them. She would then tie it with a pretty, jewel-colored bow and hang it on the door for the holidays.
I always remember us torturing my mom to let us play with the broom. She usually said no, but every once and a while she would let us carefully sweep our front porch with it. We would take turns riding the broom and sweeping up any little bit of dirt we could find. That broom was always a sure sign of fall for us.
After making this wreath from the Tiger Grass in my backyard, I can see why she didn’t want us sweeping it to pieces! This is a very simple craft you can make with just a few materials, but it will take a while, so make sure you have both the time and the patience!
TIGER GRASS WREATH
- Plumes from 1 Mature Tiger Grass Plant
- 8 Blades from Tiger Grass
- Small styrofoam wreath
- Glue Gun
Step 1: Cut down as many plumes as you can. Depending on your wreath size, you may need more or less. Leave 5 inches of stalk from the plume.
Step 2: Holding the plume stalks on an angle, push them through the styrofoam. You will want to stagger the plumes so that you avoid having any bare spots in your finished wreath. To do this, create a triangular pattern using 3 plumes (see image below) for each triangle. Trim the stalks that are sticking through the back with a scissor.
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