Cleaning out dead stems from my garden and using them as décor in my home

Using dried daylily stems as decor

It all started when I came across this post and picture on HomeTalk.

Daylily Decor on the Patio

Laura from Top This and That showed how she used something from nature, spray painted it, and then used it as décor on her deck!

Any guesses as to what those stems/stick are from?

Need a hint?  (Ok, I already gave it away in the title picture, but if that wasn’t there what would you guess?)


They are dried daylily stems!  When the flowers on daylilies die, the stems turn brown and dry as well.  Every year in late summer I pluck them from the plants and usually discard them.

dried daylily stem

But not any more!!  Now I am going to be loving those dead stems as much as I love the daylily blooms!  Here was my “harvest” of dead daylily stems!

dried daylily stems

I was actually really excited to find this tip as I needed some “filler” for some flower arrangements I was making for a bridal shower.  I just used some simple silk flowers in a mason jar.  But I really needed some height and interest to the arrangement.  The daylily stems were perfect and even better FREE!

flower arrangment with dried daylily stems

Here you can see the food table at the bridal shower I helped decorate for (not at my house).  I used 2 arrangements on the food table.

flower arrangment with dried daylily stems

(Loved how that cake turned out too!  I browsed Pinterest for some ideas and loved the simple idea of the burlap banner on the top.)

flower arrangment with dried daylily stems

And used another flower arrangement in the living room where all the guests gathered to watch the bride and groom-to-be open presents.

flower arrangment with dried daylily stems

I also love just using the stems in a vase of some sort too!   I am already thinking of what I can do with these for fall Smile

dried daylily stems

So go clean out your garden and gather some décor for your home!  (Or if you don’t have daylilies ask your neighbor, friend, or family member if you can clean out their garden for them Smile)

Using dried daylily stems as decor

What do you like to use from your garden or from your yard as décor in your home?  Would love some other ideas!  Share in the comments.

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  1. Who knew that dead stems could looks so gorgeous in a centerpiece!? You should come share it with us at Keep Calm & Link Up when you get a chance. We’d love to have you at our party :o)
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  2. What a fantastic idea! I love the way you found an eco-friendly way to decorate, and clear out dead items from your garden at the same time! Great work, and the arrangements are gorgeous– you have a real talent!

  3. Who woulda thunk it?! They look great! I’m gonna do this for sure, I have daylillies from the hub’s grandma so I have plenty of these available~~

  4. These are great in a Christmas tree as part of a topper. Just dip the ends in red or any color you choose and add to your topper.

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