I am in full Fall mode around the house and I have been pulling out all of our Fall and Halloween decorations. I wanted to spruce up the Burlap Wreath I made for the front door with something other than some faux leaves or flowers. Luckily my in-laws had a garden full of corn ready to be picked and let me take as many ears as I wanted!
If you don’t have awesome in-laws who grow some indian/cattle corn to support your craft habit, you can find them already dried at most grocery stores and craft shops this time of year.
If you do have your own fresh corn, this are the steps I followed to make my wreath decoration.
You Will Need:
- Cattle/Indian Corn
- Elastic Bands
- Floral Wire
- Wired Ribbon (I used a 6 foot length)
- Wreath Hanger
First gently peel back the husks as far as you can. Some will break off, some wont, don’t worry if you lose a lot of leaves. I use elastic bands to secure the husks at the top of each ear.
The I took the corn somewhere to dry where it would be hopefully free of critters who would want to eat your decor. I put mine on my husbands work bench for about a week to dry out.
After a bit of drying time, bring in your corn and select a few to bundle together. I picked my best 3. You will notice when they dry out the colours get brighter and more vibrant.
Fastening the Corn
I fastened the 3 cobs together with another elastic band and I also temporarily fastened the bottom with a small elastic. The corn is not full dried yet, so fastening them together will help train them to dry nice and close together.
Making the Bow
To create the bow I tied a Fall coloured wire ribbon around the top of my corn and tied a bow with large loops. Then I repeated the same process with the tails of the bow and tied another bow right over the first. Now fluff your loops and trim the ends of the tails to match.
Finally I attached a piece of floral wire around the whole thing to hang.
To hang, I hung my wreath on my wreath hanger and hung the corn from the wire loop. I didn’t bother attaching the two together. The weight of the corn would have probably lead to a crooked wreath anyways. So now they are perfectly positioned and straight!
You can see in the image below the elastic holding the corn together for drying. Hopefully it is dry enough that it doesn’t attract any visitors and the front of my house won’t end up looking like an Alfred Hitchcock movie!
You can see my Burlap Wreath tutorial HERE.
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