Broomfield, Colorado, the home of Botanical Interests, was named after the broom corn plant around 1900 when a lot of farmland was devoted to growing it. Brooms were traditionally made from the straw-like fibers after stripping off the seeds. ‘Broom Corn’ is not related to corn, but is actually a sorghum, a member of the grass family. Instead of growing tassels and ears, it is topped by richly colored shiny seeds.
This year, we grew a patch of broom corn in our trial garden. It performed beautifully and produced plentiful tassels. Instead of making a broom, we made a fall-inspired door swag that will greet guests with the hues of fall and the wonder of harvest.
To create your broom corn door swag, you’ll need the following:
- Several tassels of broom corn
- Thick gauge wire
- Wired ribbon (we used two colors)
- Garden sheers
- Wire cutters
- Door knocker or hook for hanging
- Using garden sheers, cut broom corn stalks from plants to desired length. We cut ours to about 18″ from the tips of the tassels to the end of the stalks.
- Using thick gauge wire, tie tassels of broom corn together leaving at least 6″ of wire. You will use the extra wire to attach the swag to a door knocker or hook.
- Dry the broom corn by hanging the bunches upside-down for at least two weeks.
- Gently lay broom corn stalks on a flat surface and tie a bow around the stalks. We used two ribbons for a two-layered bow. Using a wired ribbon helps the bow keep its shape.
- Using excess wire, attach your swag to a door knocker or hook.
We’d love to see how creative you get! Hashtag your creations with #botanicalinterests.