How to Dry Pampas Grass in 3 Easy Steps

3 Materials
20 Minutes

Do you love the trend of using pampas grass in home decor?

Me too!

And if you can believe it I have a pampas grass plant right in my backyard but have never used the plumes in my home.

Until NOW!

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Check out my tips to dry pampas grass in 3 easy steps without waiting weeks for drying.

Cut and style your pampas grass on the same day!

Cut Stems of Pampas Grass Reed

Using a small handheld garden pruner cut pampas grass reed to the desired length.

Trim the Foliage on Stem

Remove any foliage from the reed of the pampas grass so that it is smooth for drying.

Prevent Shedding with Hairspray

First I gave the pampas grass reed a good shake to get rid of as much excess plume shedding as I could.

Then I grabbed a can of hairspray and gave each pampas grass plume a generous misting.

That's it!

So simple right?!

I used my pampas grass in glass bottleneck jar vases as part of my dining room table centerpiece.

The reeds have now dried while in the vases and they haven't shed at all thanks to the hairspray!

This project didn't cost me any out-of-pocket expenses since the pampas grass plant is growing in my backyard and I used what I had at home to style the dining table.

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Frequently asked questions

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  3 questions
  • Brenda Gimbel Brenda Gimbel on Nov 09, 2020

    Do you think that a couple light coats of clear spray paint would be a stronger hold for the grass vs. hairspray?

  • Dee Dee on Oct 22, 2021

    I've tried to use hair spray on things like this and it stuck everything together. What am I doing wrong?

  • Sue Sue on Oct 23, 2021

    Do you put water in the vase?/


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  • Kathryn Kathryn on Oct 23, 2021

    If you are thinking of planting Pampas grass, think twice. They have a strong large root system that are impossible to rid. The grass would be good for erosion prone areas. I am so glad that I have found this use for the grass. Thank you

  • Betty Betty on Oct 24, 2021

    I have put the grass in a milk can outside in the fall with corn shucks for a filler really looks great by my pumpkins and goards