Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thanksgiving Wreath

Hosting Thanksgiving? Here's a craft to wow your guests from the moment they arrive! 

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I don't know about you, but I'm not ready for Christmas yet. The commercials are starting on TV, the stores are filled with ornaments, and I even saw Christmas lights shining bright in someone's yard the other night - yikes! But what about poor Thanksgiving? It happens to be my favorite holiday of the year and I thought it deserved a little DIY of its own.

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I was excited to try making this wreath after seeing a similar one in Midwest Living magazine. The wreath would look great hung on a rustic fence or wall, above your mantel, or your dining room buffet for the Thanksgiving meal. I ultimately hung mine on our front door. The fall yarn wreath I made last year was just too small for our new door, but the scale of this one is perfect!

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Making this wreath is (almost) as simple as tearing corn husks into strips and hot gluing them to a wreath form. You just need a package of these corn husks from the Mexican food aisle of your grocery store - they are used to make tamales. 


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You can complete this in an hour or two max for under $20. Here's what you'll need.


Supplies for Corn Husk Wreath





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How to Make Corn Husk Wreath


1. Start by tearing the corn husks into smaller strips a couple inches wide. The husks will tear easily if you start at the bottom (widest part) and tear upward.

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2. Paint a subset of the cornhusks and your feathers with the glitter paint and let dry. You only need to paint the top side of each. I painted around 20 of the 1-2" corn husk strips and 10 feathers. This step is really optional - the wreath still looks great without the glitter or feathers. It just adds another nice dimension of color and textures to the wreath.

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3. As your glitter pieces are drying, start hot gluing the plain corn shucks around the wreath. I worked in rows, starting on the outside edge by putting a generous dab of hot glue on the wreath form and then pressing down on the base of the corn husk until the glue set. Then start layering another row of husks in front of that one.

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3. For the inner row you will need to bend the corn husk a bit and apply a generous dab of glue at the base, as well as the midway point of the corn husk so it bends backwards and lays flat against the other rows of husks. Hold in place for a few seconds until it sets. Some of the corn husks can be hard to bend, so use some of the thinner husks for the inside row.

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4. I did 3 rows of husks for my wreath - an outside row, a middle row and an inner row.

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5. Here's what is looks like when all the plain husks are glued on. You can stop here if you want or proceed to add some bling with the glittered husks and feathers!

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6. Once my glittered husks were dry, I put a dab of glue on the bottom back side of the husks and then stuck them in randomly around the wreath:

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7. I did the same thing with the feathers - put a dab of glue at their base and slid them in around the husks:

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I hung with a piece of twine and voila! I can still continue celebrating the fall season for a few more weeks! The best part is this wreath will last year after year if you store it carefully.

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Here are a couple photos of my other fall decorations at the front door:

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