Organic wreath A wall gains harvest style from this wreath that resembles a sunburst. Soak husks in water until they are pliable, then tear into 1- to 2-inch-wide strips. Starting from the outer edge of a 14-inch straw wreath form, secure rows of strips with dressmaker pins. Overlap each row to hide pins. For the last row, pin strips to the back and bend to cover the inside edge. Strips hold their shape when dry.
Pumpkin covers For clever pumpkin art, attach slightly damp corn-husk strips at the stem and base of pumpkins with clear-drying gel glue.
For a bountiful centerpiece, cover a cake stand with fanned out corn husks. Then pile on gourds, leaves and ornamental corn.
Wrap glass votive holders in textural flair. Tie raffia around three or four overlapping moistened corn husks trimmed to fit. A spotted guinea fowl feather (available at crafts stores) adds a flourish.
A handful of fallen leaves (we found oak and maple) provides patterns for pretty package accents, place cards or garland decorations. Trace leaves onto damp corn husks, then cut out the shapes.
Fashion flowers from corn husks for seasonal napkin rings. To create the flower, cut a freehand spiral from a soaked corn husk so it has at least four rings. Starting from the outside, roll up the spiral. This will form a rose shape. Let dry; the rose should hold its shape loosely. Secure with gel glue. Glue a circle to the base. For the ring, cut out a rectangle and fold to form a loop. Hot-glue ends. Glue flower to the top, and you’re ready!
Buy packs of dried corn husks (used to make tamales) in the international foods section of a grocery store or at Walmart. Soak husks in water until they are pliable, then shape.
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