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28 September, 2012

How to Make a Dried Corn Garland

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CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT DIY Dried Corn Garland I am excited to show you something new that I added to my fall decor…something that I have been planning for a whole year… 
my dried corn garland!

basket and garlandIt hangs over the door on my front porch for a little something different this year! I love the way it looks with my fall basket!
You know I must love it if I have been thinking about it for a year!
So where did the inspiration come from?

New England, Canada 10-10 337 (2)It came from this photo by Honey at 28O5 when she told us about her trip to Quebec in the fall last year. Her post was filled with beautiful photos...you should go check it out for a little virtual vacation!  But this one really jumped out at me. I knew I had a plan for  my front porch this fall and pinned it immediately! It’s Le Lapin Sauté…a restaurant in the Petit-Champlain district of Quebec. Don’t you just love the corn garland? Thanks so much for sharing it with us, Honey!

Corn garland prep 2So when corn was on sale at the end of the summer this year, I stocked up! I actually bought about 40 ears for the garland and to add to my door basket since it will become quite a bit smaller when it is dry.
First, I pulled back the husks and secured them with a rubber band.

corn drying for garland Then I let them dry for several weeks. My patio table was a good location since the air could circulate around them. They will mold if they do not gets lots of air! Hanging them is another good alternative if you have the space.
So now we wait…

Kitties and Catnip …while the staff entertains themselves with a little catnip…

Dried corn …and then two weeks (or so) later (said in my best Sponge Bob frenchy narrator voice), here it is! It has dried to a nice golden color!
Now to make the garland!

011 I start by cutting a length of rope to fit over my door and the sidelights. Then I cut off the rubber bands and tied each ear to the rope using jute twine.

Corn garland tutorialDon’t worry too much about placement since you will be able to slide the ears along the rope if you need to move them a bit. I used a 70 inch length of rope and approximately 30 ears for the garland.

corn garland Finally, I tied loops of twine on the ends and along the rope in several places and attached them to the door frame. I adjusted the spacing a bit to get it to hang the way I wanted it to, although I didn't want it to be perfect.

porchAnd here it is on my front porch for fall! I love it…so fun and different! And it was not expensive, either. I spent about $14 for the corn and I already had everything else on hand! I don’t think it will last anther year, so I will put the ears out for the squirrels when winter comes…a tasty bit of fall decor on a cold day!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my project! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY by Design for Fall into Fall

Thrifty Decor Chick for the Easy Fall Decor Party 
The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday 

2805 for Potpourri Friday
At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Craftberry Bush for Happy Hour on Saturdays
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
Debbiedoo's Power of Pinterest Party on Saturdays
See you next time! A la prochaine!
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21 comments:

  1. Hi Debbie, It came out fabulous! I love the whole look of your entryway. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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  2. It looks great, Debbie! Very festive and welcoming!
    How do you remember and have time to link up and visit at all those parties? You are the energizer bunny!
    Have a great weekend!

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  3. Hi Debbie! Your garland and the tutorial are splendid, my friend! It is a charming addition to your porch decor! So happy my picture inspired you!

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  4. Debbie I love that you got your inspiration from Honey's blog!! It really is fabulous and will feed the squirrels later also! win~win I would say!
    hugs,Linda

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  5. This is great!! Definitely pinning this for next year - who knew it was this simple?! Thanks for the detailed instructions -- beautiful!

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  6. Wow ~ this is fabulous. Love it!!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  7. It turned out great. Wonderful idea!

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  8. Well that is just the most clever idea! And super cute too! Love it! ...and your front porch is lovely! ~Enjoy your weekend! :)

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  9. It looks fabulous. I would have never thought to dry the corn myself. I would have spent $59 on the indian corn at the farm market. Great idea.

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  10. THAT IS ADORABLE, DEBBIE. YOU ARE A WOMAN OF MANY TALENTS, AND YOU DO THE CUTEST DOORS.

    HAVE MISSED YOU. I'M GLAD I WAS ABLE TO STOP IN AND SEE THIS. JUST AS CUTE AS CAN BE.

    HAPPY FALL, MY FRIEND...

    XOXOXOX,

    SHEILA

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  11. SORRY ABOUT THE ALLCAPS. I'M ON AN IPAD THAT WON'T LET ME TYPE IN LOWR CASE FOR SOME REASON. PLUS I CAN'T SEE TO TYPE. LOL

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  12. I love that. If I see some fresh corn I am scooping it up! Two weeks? That's amazing! Love it.

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  13. wow. Love this and pinned it also so I don't forget about it. I wonder if it's too late to dry the corn? I'd love to try. Take care, thanks for the tute. Linda

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  14. I love this! Pinned it!
    Kim @ Sand & Sisal

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  15. This is fantastic! I would love to do something like that for my mantel. And I can't believe you dried all the corn yourself. (By the way, I love the Spongebob reference!) The garland looks great on your door, although if I tried that it would probably be picked clean by the huge blue jay population we have.

    Angela

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  16. Love your corn garland. Natural approaches are my favorite!

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  17. It's a-Maize-ing!!
    It never fails-- I always click on your link at parties if I haven't already seen your post. It's official: love your style!!!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original Linky party is open!

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  18. What a fabulous idea! I just simply LOVE it!

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  19. Debbie...I never thought to dry my own corn...that is fantastic...The corn garland is so wonderful!!...such a gorgeous, gorgeous Fall display on your porch..you are so wonderfully creative!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie

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