How to Make Cornstalk Bundles for Fall Yard Decorating
One of the biggest reasons I love living in Northern Missouri is because we get to really experience all of the four seasons. That being said, Fall is one of my absolute favorites! My Mom and I absolutely love to decorate our yards for fall.
A while back I done a post on how to decorate your yard for fall so I thought this time I would focus on how to make cornstalk bundles for your fall decorating. Of course, I know you can probably buy these corn bundles in the city but I am sure they are outrageously expensive. If you don’t have your own cornfield, I suggest asking a farmer if you can cut a few cornstalks down out of their field. Ask them what they would charge for them. I am sure it would be much more cost effective than buying them already made.
Once you have your cornfield, here’s the supplies you’ll need:
- corn knife or something to cut down the cornstalks that is very sharp
- wire cutters
Once you get to the field, you’ll want to use your corn knife to cut the stalks off at the bottom. One quick whack does it if your knife is sharp enough. Think about where you will be putting your bundles to know how many to put into one bundle. Be sure to lay each bundle on a long wire. You’ll use this later. I go ahead and create bundles as I cut them down so I know exactly how many I will need. It takes a lot more cornstalks than you might think.
Once you have your bundles made, take the wire that is on the bottom of your bundle and put it around the bundle to secure it. Now you can easily load your bundles into your truck or whatever you are hauling them in.
I put the cornstalks bundles by a pyramid of straw bales in my front yard. Since it’s in the yard with no way to secure it, I drive a steel fence post into the ground to wire them bundle to. You also need to think about how windy it can get. Be sure you have those bundles secure! You don’t want your hard work blowing away!
I also put cornstalk bundles on the posts on the front of my house. I just secure the wire and bundle around each post. I usually use a few pieces of wire at the top and middle so I know it’s secure.
I’ve shown below in the video how we gather our cornstalks to make bundles for our yard.