Corn Husk Wreaths
For Fall Decor
Why Not Just For Fall Decor?
When September comes, we are already in harvest mode, thinking about cooler temperatures, bonfires, football games, hay rides, the county fair, and pumpkin pie. The holidays and family gatherings are on our minds, and we also like to decorate to as a way to celebrate our blessings with those closest to us. One way to welcome our family and friends to our home is by hanging a beautiful wreath on our front door or entryway.
A staple wreath choice for the Fall season happens to be the corn husk wreath, and it's a good choice, not just for an autumn wreath, but for the spring and summer seasons as well. Simply made and unassuming in its beauty, the corn husk wreath adds an elegant warmth to any home decor. This wreath makes an excellent choice for a seasonal home accent, and here are just a few reasons why.
An Americana Work of Art
The corn husk wreath is, in my opinion, a handmade work of art that reflects back to an uncomplicated time of early Americana. Back in the day, before the mass production of goods, people in rural America decorated with what they had on-hand at the time. Corn husks were basically free, a by-product of the local corn harvest. Feed corn and their husks, used to feed farmer's livestock, was let to dry out in the fields into the Fall. People also let the green corn husks from fresh summer corn dry out for many practical uses. In addition to wreath-making, people used dried corn husks to make brooms and scrub brushes, and they also fed husks to cattle in the winter to supplement their regular diet.
Many Different Style Choices
Since they are made in numerous ways, the corn husk wreath shines in most home decor styles, from primitive, farmhouse, to contemporary and even modern decor themes. Some husks or leaves are tied or sewn onto a metal wreath frame with garden string. Others are simply pinned with floral pins onto a foam or straw wreath form. Some husk leaves are braided, some left straight, and others husk leaves are shredded lightly to give a different effect to the wreath. Wreath-makers may leave some pieces of the dried corn and cobb showing as part of the design.
Simple Elegance and Warmth
The corn husk wreath adds a warmth to any entryway or wall space due to its simplicity of style and structure. The natural dried corn husks bring the outdoors inside in the most understated way. From the simplest design to more sophisticated styles, a husk wreath brightens any front door or wall area and adds a natural texture to any space it occupies. Adding a seasonal bow can easily transform your wreath to work in any season. Corn husk wreaths also make a great conversational piece. It's a handmade, natural wreath that stands out in our world of mass-produced goods.
Where to Buy a Corn Husk Wreath
Corn husks wreaths are available at several sites for handmade items. One such site is Etsy. My own corn husk wreaths are available for purchase at Sherry Rowell Art on Etsy. You may also want to visit two other sites: My Community Made and Michaels new Maker Place site. All of these are sites that have handmade goods for sale. Just search for "Corn Husk Wreath" to find my items. Or, shop around for some truly unique finds with other crafters.
In addition, a Google search for "corn husk wreath" will show images and shopping links for purchasing various wreath styles.
How To Make a Corn Husk Wreath
If you would like to try your hand at making your own Corn Husk Wreath, you can find my DIY Wreath Kit here with a digital instructions download at Etsy. All the items you need to make your wreath, including the same corn husks I use, are shipped to your mailbox. I also sell the natural corn husks here (with the tips uncut) for crafting projects like corn husk dolls, basket weaving, florals, wreaths, and much more.
If you have access to a corn field in the summer or fall, you can get corn husks to use for free when making your own corn husk wreath. In the summer, lay the green empty husks out in the sun to dry for about three weeks. Or, in early Fall, you can go to fields where feed corn is grown, and get the husks that are already dried out. I pick my husks up off the ground, since they are left behind after the combines have stripped the dried corn out of the husks. A Google search for "DIY corn husk wreath" will give you numerous instructions for making your own wreath.