Drying Sunflowers for Natural Autumn Decor

Drying Sunflowers

the smallest things bring the greatest joy

Drying Sunflowers

Our youngest daughter has a love of gardening and earlier this summer she asked about planting Sunflowers in the garden. We were at the store one day when she spotted the spinning rack of seeds and I let her pick out her favorite packet of seeds. With a smile on her face and joy in her heart she just couldn't hardly wait to get home and plant her seeds. 

drying sunflowers

With great anticipation she planted the seeds and then spent time each day caring for them. They began to grow taller and taller and she would come tell me everyday how they had grown and how they would soon be blooming. When the stalks were full of large vibrant yellow sunflowers she would go out and clip them off for bouquets in the home. We have had many mason jars filled with a little bit of "sunshine" scattered through out our home the last several weeks. 

drying sunflowers

When the sunflower heads began to droop I knew that I wanted to preserve them for use in our Autumn décor. I love using natural elements to decorate and I knew that the dried heads of the sunflowers would be perfect. I was surprised to find out that the drying process was very easy. 

drying sunflowers
drying sunflowers

To dry the sunflowers I simply wrapped the stem with some jute twine and hung them on my peg rack to dry. When the leaves have a crunchy feel to them and the yellow petals can easily be pulled off you will know that the flowers have dried. 

Drying Sunflowers

Once the sunflowers are dry you can clip the heads off to use in your décor. These are wonderful to tuck into any fall décor like natural fall wreathes or use them as bowl fillers. You could also choose to leave the stems on and use them as dried flower arrangements. So many various uses and I love that I can enjoy them for more than just a few days in a mason jar vase. 

dryed sunflowers for fall decor

and to think that such a tiny seed can bring great joy

dried sunflowers
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Sources for items in this post:
Utility Scissors:  Freckled Hen Farmhouse
Zinc Flower Pot : Freckled Hen Farmhouse
Wooden Tray: Kirklands
Picture: Vintage Find
Basket: Longaberger Vintage Find