Corn Husks…they’re not just for Tamales!

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love tamales!
And when you go to the grocery store and ask to be pointed in the direction of the corn husks, that is exactly what the clerks assume you will be making with them.
(Don’t go to 4 different craft stores looking for them!
Learn from my wasted time and “duh” moment!
“Oh, are you making tamales?”
“Nope. I’m making a wreath!”
Silence….blank stare…more silence…
“That will be $3 please.”
I will happily put up with those blank stares though, because I am here to show you:
3 ways to use $3 worth of Corn Husks!
1. Make a Corn Husk Wreath
On Saturday, we showed you two of our Harvest projects and I shared with you that I, after years of saying that I would NEVER make a wreath,
finally caved to the crafting pressure and tackled this Martha Stewart creation.

Other than the fact that I thought it was so beautiful in its simplicity, I’m pretty sure I was also drawn to it when I saw that the instructions were about as basic as they come.
You may recall that I am a bit Craft Challenged!

Here is all you need to get started:
1 bag of Corn Husks (look in either Mexican food aisle or produce section of grocery store)
1 Straw Wreath (I used the smaller size)
2 packages Greening Pins

Soak your corn husks in a large bowl of water for 10 minutes so that they will become pliable.

Tear them into 2 inch strips. Fold them in half and starting on the inside of the wreath and working your way towards the outside, pin them in rows of 4 or 5 across, covering the pins with the next row of husks.

Choose your ribbon and that is all there is to it.
If I can do this, believe me, YOU can do this!

I still had quite a few Corn Husks left and I knew I wanted to carry the
Harvest theme throughout the house.
2. Place in an urn for a simple, yet elegant arrangement.
By tucking some of the remaining husks into this urn, it became the perfect finishing touch for my mantel!

Here is a peek, just a peek mind you, at how it is all coming together.
Would you believe that I still had some corn husks left over after that?
3. Use the Husks in the layering of a Centerpiece.
I’ve had this little clustered arrangement of faux wheat for awhile and knew I wanted to do something different with it this year. My last space to tackle was my dining room table.
I plunked this down inside one of my favorite pots.

Then, using the leftover husks, I layered them around the perimeter.
I followed that up by tucking in pinecones and faux pumpkins, gourds, acorns, etc.

I think it adds just the right Harvest touch to my Dining Room table.
That $3 bag of Corn Husks went a long way!
Maybe next year I’ll actually make some Tamales with them!

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  1. It doesn’t look like you’re craft challenged to me. The wreath looks great and you make it sound so easy. Thanks for the tutorial! I’ll have to try this one, too!!!

  2. This is gorgeous! I love it. I’m definitely going to try it.

  3. I adore the wreath, it’s so natural yet beautiful!

  4. I love it! It is so simple and pretty! My kind of wreath for sure!

  5. Great idea’s. I’ll have to give them a try. I just love the texture they give.

  6. I love your corn husk wreath!It looks so beautiful against your black door!

  7. Such a fabulous, low cost idea that adds a lot impact to fall displays. I am so going to buy some when I go to the store tomorrow. I love the texture it adds, just beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing! XO ~Liz

  8. I love these. Love the wreath on the mirror. Very cute. You are so creative with these corn husk, who would have thought? My hat is off to you!

  9. What a great idea. Your projects look wonderful, and oh so fallish! I love them!

  10. This is gorgeous! I want one too!

  11. Vanessa,thank you soooo much for your lovely compliments on my fall decor!! You truly helped to make my day! That was so sweet of you! I love the wreath that you have posted today; and I am following you right back! Thanks for sharing! Be blessed!

  12. Loving the new “fall item” you’ve introduced us to! I’ve got my own idea whirling around for a wreath using these. Headed to the grocery store tomorrow!

  13. Really, really cute, Vanessa! I would have gone to the craft store to buy them too! Great idea about the grocers! You did a wonderful job for being a “non wreath making” kinda gal! xo Diana

  14. Not sure what happened…I left a comment earlier and it is gone…oh well, I probably did something wrong. Hey, wanted to tell you that I made a cornhusk wreath too…a little different than yours. I will post mine later with a tutorial. I thought it was fun! Yours is beautiful…especially against your black door. REALLY pretty!

  15. Super cute ideas, Vanessa!
    FAll…Love it!

  16. You had me at Tamales!! Love that wreath and all the husks used throughout your fall decor. Great idea! My mother is Mexican and now I can almost taste those Texas tamales!! It’s coming up on the Christmas season soon and that’s traditionally when tamales are most often made and served.

  17. WHAT? That is the cutest darn thing Vanessa. They look gorgeous. Great tip and wonderful idea.

  18. You’re amazing. That’s a whole lot of crafting out of those tamales. I’m super impressed.

  19. So pretty, Vanessa! I’ve never even had one but the tamale decor is beautiful (so creative)!


  20. Hot Tamale!

    I couldn’t resist. That’s what we used to say back in the ’70s when something was really wonderful. (OK… I admit it that it was usually a boy who was really wonderful, but it still works here.)

    I can’t believe you got all that for three bucks. I want to try the wreath when I finish the other 4000 projects I seem to have taken on at the same time.

  21. I guess I have never has tamales because I sure didn’t know you could buy corn husks in a package like that. Love that wreath because it is simple yet pretty.

  22. Beautiful! I love your Basket, the corn husks worked wonderfully!

  23. What a great wreath! Love the other uses for the corn husk too. Love it all!

  24. That is such a pretty wreath and I would never have guest they were make with good ole tamale wraps!!! I also love the other uses for them and $3.00 is so manageable!!

  25. I am new to your site and still have to catch up on all of your blogs. Since I started reading the other week what you are doing is fantastic.

  26. GIRL … you are officially the corn husk queen !! I absolutely LOVE what you did with them. The wreath is gorgeous … simple, yet elegant … and tucking and tying pieces here and there truly creates beautiful harvest touches! They are probably going to run out of corn husks everywhere now because of the wreaths and fillers soon to appear in blogland because of your inspiring self, and people all over the world who actually want to buy them to make tamales are going to be a bit miffed! LOL. Thanks for sharing … can’t wait to try this! xoxo

  27. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says:

    Fantastic! What a great wreath!!! I love how it turned out! :)

  28. What a great idea. I really like the simplicity of that corn husk wreath. The nice thing is that you can leave it plain or dress it up. I bet you could even dye the corn husks before putting them on the wreath for a completely different look. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Great job Vanessa!! Love the wreath and I love that centerpiece!! Seeing all these corn husk craft projects is making me crave Tamales now LOL!!! Martina

  30. You are soooo crafty! I would never have known they were in the grocery store. Love this project and can’t wait to make my own. Thanks for linking up to my Monday Linky party. You are so sweetly supportive! Love, Me

  31. Hi Vanessa,
    Your corn husk wreathe is gorgeous!!! It makes me want to make one, not sure if we can find those in Canada, but I will look. That would be the perfect thing for my door.
    Your other ideas are great too!
    So glad you gals found my blog so that I could visit you back.
    Hugs, Cindy

  32. Love all of your fall decor! Thanks for hosting the party:) Have a wonderful weekend!

  33. You did a great job on the wreath, Vanessa. I made one of those about 25 years ago and was able to use it over and over for about 10 years before it started to fall apart. So just wrap it up carefully after the season & you will reap the benefits of your endeavor for several years to come.
    :) CAS

  34. Great ideas! I’ve been wanting an inexpensive and cute wreath. Good idea thanks for sharing – RM

  35. Wow! So beautiful and so simple…I like seeing what you did with all your leftovers too! :) Next time, you can make a wreath AND your dinner for 3 bucks…haha. I’d love for you to link this up at my Fall Door Decor Challenge:

  36. I wish I had seen this a week ago when I spent two days going to every craft place I could think of looking for corn husks!!!! Guess what – nobody had them! I even looked at the seasonal decorations in my grocery store today. Duh…it never occurred to me to look in the ethnic foods section. I was all prepared to go the Farmer’s Mkt. tomorrow to see if they have them. Thanks so much for the tip!

  37. That wreath is wonderful! I love the impact that one element can have on a design, like using all corn husk. It is really a work of art! The corn husks also looks very nice in the fall arrangement. Thank you for linking it to Home Sweet Home!

  38. Hey gorgeous,

    Well, $3 goes a loooooong way when you have the know-how…and you sooooo do! This is lovely! And your photos are awesome…so clear and full of light!

    Thank you so much for linking up to my Fall In Love party.


  39. Visiting from Sarah’s the wreath who would have thought corn went beyond the cob..

  40. I featuered you in my TOP THAT post.

    Cheri from Its SO Very Cheri

  41. Another great project, Vanessa! Thanks for linking up to The Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage!

  42. Found you over on the Whisperwood Cottage “13 Autumn Wreath Ideas” post. Your project is so clever and eye-catching!

  43. Very nice! Amazing that one bag could do so many projects. They look great!
    Debbie :)


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