Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Corn Husks


We are nearing the end of fall here in Central Wisconsin, marked by bare trees, a few snowflakes that melt before they hit the ground and bitter cold air. I brought some warmth inside with a corn husk wrapped candle with the help of Helmar and May Arts, who have teamed up for a two day inspiration parade! I'm the first stop on the second day of the Hop, however, you can find all the details on the May Arts Blog or Helmar's Blog!



1. I started with a few supplies. I purchased a small candle with lid at a local discount store, removed the label and washed it. I also had some corn husks on hand as well as some cut patterned paper feathers and May Arts Burlap String and Raffia.
2. I then soaked the corn husks in a mixture of dish soap and water to clean them from debris. After patting dry I wiped them with a bit of oil to keep them pliable, and removed any excess with a towel.
3. I started the application of the corn husks to the glass by laying a line of Helmar's Craft Glue directly onto the glass. I love this glue. It acts like hot glue without the hot mess and dries just as quickly!
4. I then wrapped the corn husks around the glass, applying more glue as needed, until most of the glass was covered by the husks.


5. The final decoration was to wrap the corn husks with some May Arts Raffia Ribbon (this comes in an awesome, workable spool, not wrapped up in a bag!) and Rust and Dark Brown Burlap String, securing with a bow. Then I tucked the paper feathers in, adhering with a touch of Helmar's Craft Glue.

(This idea originally adapted from Martha Stewart. Please be responsible and do not leave unattended flames, as the corn husk, ribbon and paper are very flammable.) 



I also make a card to go along with my candle. A piece of husk was adhered to a card stock using Helmar's Craft Glue and then die cut. After die cutting a few more feathers and stamping a sentiment, I adhered the feathers to the card stock base and tied it all off with some May Arts Rust Burlap String.

Please be sure to comment on any stop along the way as there is amazing prizes of ribbon and adhesive to be won! More details are on the May Arts Blog, and you can find the rest of the blogs from yesterday and today there as well! Your next stop is Martha Richardson!

48 comments:

  1. Pretty candle and card - love your feathers, string & ribbon!!!
    Thank you for sharing your handy hints for working with corn husks - it is a fun project, perfect for Thanksgiving :)

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  2. This is a beautiful candle Karen! Love the matching card too!

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  3. Such a perfect idea for a candle. Love the matching card as well.

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  4. What a beautiful project!!
    That candle is so cosy... love the feathers...

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  5. love the rustic elements. The cards is so pretty. LOVE the feathers!

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  6. Love the rustic feel of your projects..fab embellishments....

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  7. So beautiful and the perfect fall decoration. Thank you so much for the tutorial too!

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  8. Wonderful projects, love the feathers.

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  9. wow! check out the husks, what a brilliant idea!!! GREAT projects!

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  10. great off the page project for the hop. i will add this to my bucket list.
    ava g

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  11. totally love this and the cornhusk and feathers are a perfect mix.

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  12. That's a great use for some of the leftover corn husks in my pantry! Thanks for the idea :)

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  13. Great idea . I love that you up cycle the husk . TFS .

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  14. Karen both are fantastic, I love the way you used the feathers to make to completely different projects!

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  15. Super lovely Karen...love the corn husk idea.

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  16. ooo! i really love your project. perfect for thanksgiving! and your card is beautiful.

    Lauren
    www.craftsbyreadysetlove.com

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  17. What a great way to decorate the candle! I really love it!

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  18. Corn husks definitely give a lot of texture... loves me some texture!

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  19. Love the disclaimer and the glue sounds like a must have... you know I already think the ribbon is a must :)

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  20. You had me with your pretty candle idea then I saw this card! I am in love with the polka dot feather!!!

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  21. What a beautiful candle and card combo! Thanks so much for explaining how to prepare the corn husks, because I would never have known to wash them or oil them! I haven't had the pleasure of trying Helmar's Craft glue yet, but now after your recommendation, I can't wait to try it! I love the May Arts Raffia you used as well. The whole thing so lovely and would make a wonderful gift (hint, hint;-)

    Have a terrific Thanksgiving!

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  22. Fantastic gift combo, LoVe it Karen!

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  23. Corn husks! Wow, never would have thought of using them, but this looks fantastic :)

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  24. Both looks great Karen. Love the fall colors, the feather die-cuts... the corn husk looks perfect on the candle.

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  25. Stunning Karen! really and truly amazing!

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  26. What a sweet gift and a card too boot love tfs :)

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  27. I love the rustic look of your projects! (I'm from WI too - just the western part)

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  28. Oh Wow Karen...what a beautiful set!!! Loving the rustic feel ..and I heart those feathers!!! hugs...xoxo

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  29. Very pretty way to decorate a candle. Lovely card too.

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  30. Fabulous Fall decorating idea indeed! Wow! So so pretty!

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  31. What an interesting idea. Thanks for the 'how to' for using corn husks.

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  32. Super cool Idea love the feathers and the colors are perfect. thanks for sharing

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  33. What a fabulous fall ensemble! Love the ribbon, feathers & corn husk together- such great texture!

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  34. WOW that little cluster makes such a wonderful impact, love it and the gifts. Thanks also for dropping by my blog.

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  35. What a lovely candle decoration and card! Peaceful and pretty!

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  36. You are a genius! The candle wrap is beautiful and I love the cluster of feathers on your card.

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  37. Ohhh! I love the candle & card combo! That would be a great little gift! I've wondered about that glue before, I want to try it out!

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  38. I love your project, and your matching card is amazing!!!

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  39. Karen - Loving your sweet candle - it is so very pretty. Love that you used the corn husk - makes it very earthy. I'm also from Wisconsin, but northern Wisconsin. Love your blog and will be back to check it out some more!

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  40. What a great idea! And I love the little feathers you added.

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  41. This would be great for a decoration at home or for gifts...so pretty!

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  42. Great candle project for Thanksgiving!
    DeniseB

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  43. Another great idea! Would of never thought to use corn husks! Lol that you had to put the flame/paper warning!

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  44. so beautiful! love how you dressed up the candle and thanks for the tutorial! i am in love with your card, too. love those feathers!

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