October 24, 2012

Indian Corn Wreath (Fall Wreath Tutorial)

After finishing up my outdoor fall decor last week, I knew I wanted to craft a new wreath for the space, as well. There is something about a new wreath that makes me feel like I’m adding a smile to my front door!

Indian corn is such a vibrant, natural display of fall color at its finest, and I opted to use some mini Indian corn and a simple grapevine wreath for this project. Although this wreath only requires a few simple supplies, the end result is anything but ordinary! Let me show you how I put this together.

For this project, you will need…

  • Indian corn (I used 2 packages of 3 ears of mini Indian corn, and two large ears of Indian corn)
  • Grapevine wreath
  • Ribbon
  • Fabric scrap
  • Hot glue
  • Foam board
  • Decorative paper (I used wrapping paper)
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
To begin, soften the husks of your corn by submerging them in warm water. A few seconds is all it takes to make them nice and pliable. Lay each ear of corn onto a piece of wax paper or freezer paper to dry slightly.

When the husks are dry enough to handle easily but still pliable, fold each husk piece down toward the ear of corn to form a pretty loop. The husks will bend easily, and you will likely find they will hold their shape on their own, but if you encounter any stubborn pieces, use hot glue to secure the loop into place.

Use hot glue to affix the ears of corn to your wreath, layering them in a way that showcases the pretty loops husk loops and the colorful kernels on each ear.

Cut a 3-inch strip of fabric, and wrap it around your wreath for another layer of color, securing it as you work with hot glue. (My fabric is from Joel Dewberry.)

Accent the wreath with a pretty ribbon bow, if desired.

I finished my wreath with a monogram made using foam board, which I covered with some fun faux bois wrapping paper from the dollar section at Target and Mod Podge. My friend Diane has a terrific tutorial for creating these monograms on her blog.

I love how the husks of the ears of corn mimic the look of flowers, and the rich fall colors make my heart happy!

Thanks so much for making me a part of your day!

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
Amy @ Positively Splendid
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9 Responses to Indian Corn Wreath (Fall Wreath Tutorial)

  1. Kim October 24, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Amy, where did you find the mini Indian corn?

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid October 24, 2012 at 9:50 am #

      I bought mine at Kroger. They had a great selection of fall gourds, Indian corn, and other goodies in our produce section. Thanks for stopping in!

  2. Lindy October 24, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Gorgeous wreath Amy!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid October 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

      Thank you so much, Lindy!

  3. Beverly {Flamingo Toes} October 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Amy I love it!! The way you fixed the husks of the corn is so cute – like little bows. 🙂 It turned out really pretty!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid October 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

      Thanks so much, Bev!

  4. T'onna October 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    Gorgeous fall wreath!

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