Bulrushes (also known as cattails) are emblematic of nature's graceful charm. Typically found in wetland habitats, these lovely specimens need not stay outside with their beauty. With a few simple steps, they can be prepared and preserved for display around the home or office.

red bulrush amongst green sheet
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Collect bulrushes when they are in season, and dry them to enjoy all year.

Step 1

Cut off the bulrushes, evenly and at approximately the same length, along the stem, using garden shears.

Step 2

Tie the bundle of bulrushes together with twine, about an inch or two from the base of the cut.

Step 3

Hang the bundle upside down, in a warm, dry place with good air circulation. The bulrushes should not, however, be placed in the sun because the sunlight will fade the flower's colors.

Step 4

Let the bulrushes air dry for several weeks. Do not remove them until they are completely dry.

Step 5

Carefully remove the bundle, and spray it lightly with hairspray to provide extra protection. Hang the bulrushes anywhere, although they should still not be placed in direct sunlight.