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Make Your Landscape Last: DIY Pampas Grass Decor

Meredith Gaines — Aug 23, 2022

Once the flowers dry out and the leaves fall away, what’s left of your garden? How can you enjoy the fruits of your labor once the weather cools down? In this new series, we’re exploring ways you can make your hard-earned landscape last.

First up: do-it-yourself pampas grass decor!

Natural Pampas Grass Decoration

Pampas grass is an ornamental grass known for its fluffy plumes. In the late summer and early fall, these blooms grow tall above the plant’s emerald foliage. 

Pampas plumes are popular additions to boho and desert-themed floral arrangements. But pre-dried stems are fairly expensive, especially if you’re getting a larger size. 

Do you have pampas grass in your yard? Then, you can make your own pampas grass decor for a fraction of the retail cost! 

Supplies Needed

To create your own pampas grass decor, you’ll need:

  • A pampas grass plant with at least 4-5 plumes
  • Pruning shears
  • Gardening gloves
  • Extra-strong hold hairspray

Steps to Making DIY Pampas Grass

Got all your supplies? Make sure the pampas grass you’re cutting is dry (i.e., it hasn’t rained that day). 

DIY process of harvesting the plumes to make Pampas Grass

1. Harvest the plumes

Wearing your gardening gloves, pick out at least 4 of the prettiest plumes on your pampas grass. Using sharp pruning shears, carefully cut each stem off the plant, close to the base.

DIY process of removing extra leaves to make Pampas Grass

2. Remove extra leaves

Extra leaves grow along the stem of each plume. With gloves on, peel back these extra leaves (as shown), being careful not to bend or damage the stem. You’ll know you’ve removed them all once the stem looks smooth like bamboo. 

FGT Pro Tip: Do this outside or somewhere you can make a mess!

DIY process of Spray them down to make Pampas Grass

3. Spray them down

Spray down each plume and its stem with hairspray. The hairspray helps preserve the fluff, and it keeps the plumes’ seeds from dropping off as easily.

DIY process of Let them dry to make Pampas Grass

4. Let them dry

Spread out the plumes and place them somewhere they can dry for at least one week. You can hang them or place them upright, but avoid laying them directly on a table or against a wall. You don’t want to flatten the plumes’ feathery texture.

DIY process of Fluff your plumes to make Pampas Grass

5. Fluff your plumes

Once dry, your pampas grass will be slightly duller in color. This is normal! Now you can fluff each plume to bring out the iconic pampas grass texture. 

DIY process of Spray with hairspray again to make Pampas Grass

6. Spray with hairspray again

After fluffing, spray each plume again for good measure. This will lock in the plumes’ seeds and prevent a mess when you arrange them.

DIY process of Cut and arrange as needed to make Pampas Grass

7. Cut and arrange as needed

Find your favorite vase (larger floor vases work great!) and use it to measure how short you should cut the pampas grass stems. You also don’t have to cut all the stems to the same length! Varying heights can add dimension to a pampas grass arrangement. 

You may also use your pampas grass to make other types of decor, like a chic, all-season wreath

Completed pampas grass after all the DIY processes.

8. Enjoy your newest natural decor

The best part about DIY projects is enjoying the finished work. And we’d love to see how you made your pampas grass last—tag us on Instagram (@fastgrowingtrees) or Facebook with the final product, or explore our profile to find more tips on all things plants. 

Make Your Landscape Last—Looking Ahead

As we all head indoors for autumn, we’ll be creating more DIY garden crafts tutorials like this one. In the coming months, look out for helpful articles on:

  • Pressed flowers
  • Drying flowers (with or without silica gel)
  • Flower printing
  • Preserving evergreens (holiday garland, anyone?)
  • And more!

If you have a fun DIY plant project you’d like us to cover (or one you’d like to share), shoot us an email at information@fastgrowingtrees.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Meredith Gaines

Meredith's love for plants started at a young age, and only grew when she started working in the Desert Exhibit at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens and the Historic Filoli Estate in the Bay Area. After graduating from Clemson University (GO TIGERS!) with a degree in Biology and Horticulture, she found her niche in the FastGrowingTrees.com family as a horticulturist and has grown in her current role as Senior Plant Expert.

She currently resides in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, and enjoys spending any time she can outdoors. She learns new things about plants every day and loves sharing her plant knowledge and tips with those around her. Her favorite plant is constantly changing, but her long-time favorites are peonies, oak trees, and ferns.

Questions? Contact Meredith at information@fastgrowingtrees.com.

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