Making a corn husk wreath is an ideal way to celebrate the harvest season. DIY corn husk wreaths are surprisingly easy to make and you can hang the finished wreath on your front door, a fence, or anywhere you want to add a little autumn ambiance. Read on for corn husk wreath ideas and learn how to make a corn husk wreath.
Making a Corn Husk Wreath
Begin with a straw wreath from a craft store or hobby shop. You’ll also need plenty of dried corn husks. If you don’t have a corn crop, you can buy husks at a farmer’s market or pick up tamale wrappers in the ethnic section of your supermarket.
Soak the husks in lukewarm water for a few seconds or until they’re pliable. Pat them dry with towels. You may need to soak the husks as you work if they become too brittle or hard to work with.
Wrap husks around the straw wreath until the straw is covered. Secure the husks on the back of the wreath with u-pins or a hot glue gun. Fold the husks in half, one at a time, by bringing the top of each husk down to join the bottom. Pinch or twist the joined ends and secure them with florist’s wire.
Arrange the folded husks around the straw wreath in groups of three, then work your way around until the entire wreath is covered. Rows should consist of a folded husk on the front, inside, and outside of the wreath. Attach the husks with u-pins or a drop of hot glue.
Alternatively, leave the husks unfolded if you want them to radiate out from the wreath, like the petals of a sunflower. Attach several layers of “petals” until the wreath looks full. Trim the ends of the husks if you like or leave them raggedy for a more natural, rustic appearance.
What to Do with Your DIY Corn Husk Wreath
Embellish your DIY corn husk wreath with dried flowers. Attach the flowers with pins or a hot glue gun. You can also add a few pinecones, nuts, interesting branches, or anything that catches your fancy. Attach a big, satin or velvet bow to your corn husk wreath. You can also make bows from burlap ribbon or natural jute.
Color the corn husks with a liquid dye. Autumn colors are beautiful, but bright purple or hot pink corn husk wreaths are fun and guaranteed to draw attention. If you’re looking for a more subtle color, dip the tips of the corn husks in a light dye solution.
Invite your friends over for a dried corn husk wreath-making party. Serve pumpkin muffins and hot cider or cocoa.