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How to Make a Corn Husk Wreath

Oct
14

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I love the rustic, old-fashioned charm of just about any craft involving corn husks, but wreaths are one of my favorites. Corn husks are easy and fun to work with–not to mention free if you save and dry your own. If you don’t have your own, this is the time of year to buy them by the bagful, cheap, at farmers markets to use in crafts (and tamales) all year long. (Retail craft stores are the worst places to buy corn husks–the price is marked up by the time they get to a store.) I made this wreath for free, of course, because I dry my own corn husks. (See how to dry corn husks here.)

To make a primitive corn husk wreath, all you need are corn husks, some twine and scissors, and a wire clothes hanger. Often when crafting with corn husks, you need to soak them to make them pliable to work with, but for this wreath, all you’re going to do is bundle them to the wire hanger, so there’s no need to do that. In fact, for this craft, you will actually make them more difficult to work with if they’ve been soaked.

If you want, you can use a store-bought metal wreath frame, but why spend money on something you’re going to cover up? Just go find a wire hanger in your closet and stretch it out into a circular shape for a “homemade” wreath frame. Look how handy that is–it comes with a hook to hang the wreath and everything!
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How I made this corn husk wreath uses a very basic wreath-making technique of attaching twine (or wire, if you prefer) to the wreath frame then laying down piece after piece, looping the twine around each piece as you go. Start by tying the twine to the base of the hook on the hanger, which will give your corn husk pieces something to bump up against as you begin going around the circle. Place the first piece down at a 45-degree angle. Loop the twine around the husk and the wire, tighten, then move on to the next one.
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You are not tying or knotting the husk onto the frame, just looping the twine around it to fasten.

As you go, each piece is held in place by the piece before it and after it on the continuing loops of twine.

You’re working on the backside of the wreath as you go around the circle of the frame. Here, the next piece goes down on top of the twine, which is coming out from under the frame after tightening the previous piece.
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With the piece at a 45-degree angle to the frame, pull the twine up and over the husk leaf then back under the frame.
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This makes a loop around the piece.
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Now tighten it down.
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You can use this same technique (and a wire hanger) to create wreaths using evergreen boughs, twigs, etc. Wire works better for evergreen boughs and twigs, but I like twine for corn husks as the colors blend together, making the twine disappear, and husks don’t require the strength of wire to hold them in place. Twine does the job just fine.

When using wire wrapped on a small spool, you pull the wire on its spool around and around the frame as you attach the corn husks. Using twine, I cut lengths of it. When one length runs short, I just tie the end to a new piece of twine and keep going.

Push the attached corn husks together as you go, making sure to keep the frame as full as possible so you’ll have a full wreath. Sometimes I attach one corn husk leaf at a time, sometimes two.
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Look how filled out it is becoming!
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Making a corn husk wreath is a messy job. I would have done it outside, but it was a little chilly.
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When the wreath is finished, tie off the twine on the hook of the hanger. I went ahead and wrapped the twine all the way up the hook before knotting it off to make the hook blend in with the husks.
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Then I tied on another loop of twine to hang the wreath on my front door.
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(Hanging it straight from the hanger hook is a little difficult because there’s so much fullness to the wreath from the bundled ends of the corn husks at the back of the wreath. It hangs nicer from a loop of twine attached to the hook.)
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The loops of twine that attach the husks, viewed from the backside of the wreath.
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Corn husk wreaths are really quite sturdy and will last a long time if you don’t put them some place where they’ll get smashed. You can hang them inside or outside, and they make great (free or cheap) gifts that people are thrilled to receive because they’re so cute.
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I prefer corn husk wreaths plain, in the beauty of their primitive simplicity, but you can use wire or more twine to attach seasonal items, ribbon, etc. (They’re not just for autumn!)
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Go make a wreath!

More corn husk crafts:
Make a Corn Husk Doll

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on October 14, 2009  

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  1. 10-14
    1:44
    am

    Beautiful. I love this idea. I think I’ll ask some farmers for corn husks after all.

  2. 10-14
    3:42
    am

    I am not a big fan of rustic decor, but I love this wreath!

  3. 10-14
    5:13
    am

    Nice idea!
    Nice and rustic look for my farm
    Beautify for fall!

    Anne

  4. 10-14
    5:31
    am

    Oh I like that and so easy! I’ve never tried making a wreath, but oh my it looks easy!!! I started some drying last week, they should be about done by now……..and then a cedar one for Christmas! Thank you!

  5. 10-14
    5:32
    am

    very pretty!!

  6. 10-14
    6:32
    am

    Suzanne that is beautiful! I’ve never tried making a wreath with corn husks before but now that I’ve seen how you did it I’m going to make some for sure. We moved onto our little farm too late to have a garden but there’s lots of corn sitting in the fields around here so I’m going to see if I can talk one of the farmers into selling or giving me (better yet)enough to make a wreath. Next year I’ll grow my own! Thanks for the clear instructions and great idea.

  7. 10-14
    7:00
    am

    I love it.

  8. 10-14
    7:37
    am

    Oh, my….I am in love with your blog, and your wreath is wonderful in its beautiful simplicity, and your front door….OH MY! Thanks for the clear instructions, and now I shall run over to look at how you got the husks ready for this wreath!
    XOXO
    Joni

  9. 10-14
    8:40
    am

    That’s an awesome wreath! Great job and tutorial!

  10. 10-14
    8:55
    am

    As will all the other ladies that have commented – WE ARE ALL GOING OUT TO MAKE A WREATH!!!

    All Hail Suzanne!! LOL

    Seriously thanks for the idea your awesome!

  11. 10-14
    10:17
    am

    I love that wreath!!! :shimmy: It’s beautiful!!!! :) I would love to try this sometime!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!! :)

  12. 10-14
    12:03
    pm

    Beautiful wreath…have to look for some corn husks somewhere…in our area corn never has a long enough growing season for the cobs to mature….but maybe I would have corn husks…right?? will have to plant some next year or buy and eat enough corn to have husks, loved the corn husk doll and now the wreath….hummm…who would have a large corn field within driving distance……

  13. 10-14
    12:36
    pm

    Once again….very very cute!

  14. 10-14
    1:51
    pm

    This is the first time I have seen a wreath made out of corn husks, very nice. I like that rustic natural look too. :shimmy:

  15. 10-14
    3:14
    pm

    Beautiful! Great idea and looks so easy!

  16. 10-15
    6:22
    pm

    I love that! Thank you for sharing the instructions!

  17. 10-19
    9:29
    pm

    I love this type of wreath. Your instructions make it easy enough to do. I might give this a try this weekend.

    You are so talented Suzanne.

  18. 10-28
    1:23
    pm

    You always make it look so easy. I love the rustic, country look and I’m definitely gonna have to try once I find some corn husks.

  19. 8-8
    3:50
    pm

    I just found your website while looking for some great fall decor ideas. Love the wreath! Never would have thought of using a coat hanger, of all things, for the base of a wreath. Also, Im in the process of making the corn husk angels from your site as well. I have been drying my corn husks since end of June and am ready to get started.
    Thank You!

  20. 9-12
    7:29
    pm

    Simply falltastic!

  21. 9-18
    4:12
    pm

    Thanks so much for this great tutorial!!! My girls and I are going to making these today, I hope!

  22. 10-11
    4:09
    pm

    :purpleflower: That is beautiful–I am going to try on thie week.

  23. 3-7
    10:00
    am

    I was wondering about how many corn husks it took to make that size wreath?
    Thanks for this post.

  24. 3-7
    10:20
    am

    Tina, I didn’t count them. I’d say 50, but they weren’t full husks. I had a bag of husks from the farmers market and some were split. It does take a lot to make it full!

  25. 3-30
    10:29
    am

    New to your site….must say I love it!! I live in CORN country so this is a craft I will tackle during corn harvest, I also put up lots of free corn and now I have a project to use up all the free husks!!

  26. 9-22
    6:49
    am

    Suzanne, how do you get your dried corn husks to be so nice and flat? Mine always curl up into thin strips as they dry. I do cut the hard end off as I husk the corn, is that the reason?
    I want to make a wreath like yours but my husks are too narrow to look good.

  27. 9-22
    6:59
    am

    brookdale, when I made that wreath, I was drying the husks outside. I’m drying them now in my Excalibur dehydrator. Both ways, I leave the hard end on while it’s drying. I think that helps retain the shape.

  28. 9-22
    5:19
    pm

    Oops! Didn’t know that. They must take a longer time to dry, leaving the stem on. Oh well, better luck next year. Is there a use for skinny rolled up corn husk leaves, other than the compost pile?

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