In autumn, nature offers plenty of materials to decorate the house or to make something creative with children , Not only chestnuts, acorns, colorful foliage can be used for it. Even with corncobs you can realize unexpected, varied ideas. If you have not recently had a whole corncob in your hands, you can simply get dried maize leaves. These can be easily edited and cut like paper with scissors. Crafts with corn on the cob and maize leaves makes fun for young and old!
Decorate and tinker with corncobs
Autumn flowers are colorful, delight the eye and can be beautifully combined with the intense color of corn on the cob. You can quickly stick a vase or a terracotta pot with corn on the cob. This is how safflower thistles, asters, sunflowers and dahlias come into their own!
Decorate lanterns in autumn
Lanterns are always a stylish addition to any table decoration and can always be wonderfully decorated seasonally. This time, however, the corn is not used as a filler. The corn cobs are simply tied with raffia or other string around the lantern. Always make sure that the flame of the candle does not come near the dried corn leaves. It’s best to use higher lanterns or battery powered candles for added security.
Autumn decoration for the garden
Most summer plants have already faded, but that does not mean that your tubs should be empty. They can be filled with several corncobs. But the star of this arrangement is a simple solar garden light, which is stuck between the corncobs. It is charged during the day over the sun and turns on automatically in the after.
Garlands of corncobs
Garlands of corncobs and leaves can be draped inside and outside. Insert an eyebolt from below through the corncob. Then alternately thread corncobs and pennants from corn leaves on a sturdy string.
Spice up tealight holder
Pack several glass light holders in corn leaves. Your autumn table decoration will be even more atmospheric! First, soak the dry corn leaves in a bowl full of water for a few minutes. This makes them easier to bend. Then trim the moistened maize leaves to the desired size. They are then tied with raffia tape or thin satin ribbon around the tealight holder. A spotted guinea fowl feather (from the craft supplies) would be a wonderful addition.
Flowers from corn leaves
From leaves of maize wonderful flowers are created, which could even be tied together into a bouquet of flowers. But for beginners, this project offers: napkin rings with autumn flair. That is how it goes:
Cut a spiral from a moist corn leaf freehand, so that it has at least four rings. Roll the spiral loosely into a rose, working from the outside in. Let dry. Stick a circle to the base with hot glue and then attach to the ring.
tinker autumnal door wreath
This beautiful door wreath looks like a sun that wants to delight us in autumn with its warm rays! The dry maize leaves were pulled outward and thus hang directly over the edge of the blank. So easy to copy, right? You just need about 30 corncobs with leaves (about 10 – 15 cm long), a straw wreath (30 ø), a hot glue gun and at least 15 glue sticks.
If you want a modern version of the traditional autumn decoration, then this idea would be perfect for him. Instead of making a round door wreath, try out a square. You can use Styrofoam as the basis for the door wreath.
- 90 x 30 x 2 cm Styrofoam plate or floral foam
- corn yellow acrylic paint
- brown paper wire
- 24 small corncobs
- water-filled spray bottle
- black marker
- Knife for polystyrene or cutter
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Tape measure or ruler
Using the tape measure and the black marker, draw a 30 cm x 30 cm square on the polystyrene board. In the middle comes a second 20 cm x 20 cm square. Cut along the lines with the cutter and paint the finished frame with a brush and corn colored acrylic paint. Let dry.
Wrap the whole wreath several times with bast. Stick two corncobs at each corner, then add the rest until you are satisfied with the result. Moisten the maize leaves with the spray bottle. Then untang each leaf to give the wreath abundance. Let the leaves dry like this. With a long piece of paper wire, the finished autumn wreath is hung on the front door, over a mirror or in the hallway.
From corncobs funny figures can be tinkered with children. The corn cobs are decorated with other natural materials such as pumpkin and sunflower seeds, acorns, acorn caps, pine needles, pine cones, beans, rose hips, etc. A popular project are corncob males who are still dressed stylishly with napkins, bandanas or felt. Other great ideas would still house and forest animal figures such as squirrels, hare, fox, hedgehog, chickens, dog, pig, cat, etc. But you can also use dried corn on the cob without grains.
Mostly fresh corn on the cob is used, as it is easier to cut with a knife or pierce through the awl. To cut dry corncobs into slices, a small hand saw should be used. The individual elements can be connected with the help of wire, nails or toothpicks. Let the children decorate. Sunflower seeds form the beak of chickens, pumpkin seeds are perfect as ears. Let your imagination run wild!
Making corn leaf dolls with children
From dried maize leaves you can make pretty dolls in a few minutes. The idea comes from Eastern Europe and most of the characters are peasant women and children. Others associate it with the Lughnasadh, Lammas or Lughasa festival, which was mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literary works and has pagan origins. The ancient Celts celebrated the beginning of the harvest season in early August, honoring the Celtic sun god. Grain dolls were then thrown in thanks for the abundance of nature.
This is needed:
- dry corn leaves
- Yarn or bast
- spray bottle
- thin string in pieces about 35-40 cm long
- a piece of garbage, 30-40 cm long
First, the leaves are prepared. Moistened with water and leave 5-10 cm under a towel. Then they are smoothed with slopes. They should be flexible and not too wet. Remove excess water with a paper towel. Make sure that the corn leaves dry out very quickly and should be kept covered when working.
Step 1. Head and body
Add 4 or 6 already prepared maize leaves (always an even number) to a bundle. Then it is tied about 2 inches from the end with cotton thread. Separate the leaves in equal parts (2 and 2, or 3 and 3) and pull down so that they cover the thread. Tie off again about 2 cm from the top of the head. This is how the head is made.
Step 2. Arms and hands
Fold a leaf piece for the arms and position it under the neck knot between the leaves. Cut to the desired length and bind with bast about 1 cm from each end of the arm. That gives the hands.
Step 3. Waist and legs
Tying waist. For female doll, cut the leaves to a uniform length. For male dolls, separate leaves into equal parts and bind with bast on knees and ankles. Cut off excess.
If you want to give the rock additional volume, could do the following. The principle is like the head. First, the arms should be pulled up and tied. Take the doll in one hand, with the other stack the leaves evenly from all sides. It may like to give two or three layers. Then it is tied again with a string at the waist. The doll’s head and arms are hidden in leaves. Now pull down every single sheet and cut to the desired length. Wrap in damp garbage bags and allow to dry completely for several hours.