With the incoming of fall, so is the incoming of all kinds of earthy-toned decor. Pumpkins and guards; mums and wheats.
And Indian corn.
I happen to love Indian corn, and why wouldn’t I? It’s the decor gift that keeps on giving. It doesn’t spoil. It looks great year after year. Heck, if you can shelter it from the unwanted squirrel, then you’re golden. As far as fall decor is concerned, Indian corn is a win win.
Fortunately for me, I have a few of my farmers on speed dial and my dear friends at Green Acres Farms had me covered. I had pretty much been on their nerves since the beginning of September about picking Indian corn for me, and I was a tad impatient when they told me it needed a little longer in the field to dry out. Yeah, whateves, but when I finally received the call that the corn was ready and they picked me a couple bags, I was elected. Of course, I had big plans for this said corn.
You see, I wanted to make a wreath – a wreath like the dozens I had seen on Pinterest. A great big Indian corn wreath that, according to everyone that had made one, with the help of some hot glue and 20 minutes, I would have the Indian corn wreath of my dreams.
So they say.
I bought the supplies that most suggested: a straw wreath form, and an ample amount of hot glue. With everything in place, I got started. I worked with the wreath flat on the floor and like clockwork, I had a wreath in 20 minutes. That is, until I picked it up to hang it. All but about three ears of corn fell off.
Back to the drawing board. Maybe I needed more hot glue? So I hot glued some more and let it set and dry. Take two for the hanging, and again, most fell off. Clearly, I thought to myself, the corn needs more surface area. No probs.
Turning to a scrap piece of drywall we had lying around, I cut out a circle the size that I wanted, this time with more surface area for the corn to adhere to. Yeah, I said to myself, this is going to work.
All that hot glue I went through and it didn’t even come close to cutting the mustard.
I tried gorilla glue. Nope.
I tried commercial grade glue. Nope.
I even tried liquid nails. Not even close.
Now, I’m a week into my Indian corn wreath project and not only am I frustrated, but I’m mad. How can all of these people on Pinterest say that they made an Indian corn wreath with a straw wreath form and a bunch of hot glue, all in 20 minutes?! Clearly, my hot glue is inferior.
Now that I’ve tried every adhesive under the sun and nothing worked, I was down right perplexed. What gives?! Was the corn too fresh? Should it have dried a little more? I was so frustrated that I was letting this Indian corn wreath take over – like to the point where both Mac and Caroline were like “Mom, enough already about the corn wreath. Can’t you just go buy one?” (picture me here with bad posture, rubbing my temples.)
I was going on and on to a friend of mind, waving my hands and letting my voice change octaves from high to really high, and he looked at me and simply shrugged his shoulders and said “Brooke! Why don’t you just turn the wreath over and screw dry wall screws into each ear of corn?”
So, I’m here to tell you that I did all the research for you. If you want to create an Indian corn wreath in less than 20 minutes, you’ve gotta turn to the screw. If only I had asked him sooner. Here is how you make an Indian corn wreath…
1 3 foot square of dry wall
22 ears of Indian corn
44 dry wall screws
1 screw gun
Here’s the how to:
Cut the dry wall into a 15 inch circle, allowing the depth to be at least 4 inches for the corn to adhere to. On the floor, lay the corn out in a circle, evenly spacing as you go along. Place the dry wall circle over the corn and start screwing in the screws, two screws per ear of corn.
That’s it folks. Turn the wreath over and you’re ready to hang. My Indian corn wreath is simply resting on a screw. You may need to insert a molly because of the weight and the surface you’re planning to hang your wreath from.
After all this, I’m happy with how the wreath turned out, and truth be told, this thing is staying put until Thanksgiving for sure. My only dilemma now is figuring out how to store it and keep it safe from those unwanted pests. I have a feeling a bunch of aluminum foil will be involved.
So please, I beg you. Follow my advice! My way is really the tried and true way to make a DIY Indian corn wreath in less than 20 minutes!