Decorating with Indian Corn

A Step Back in Time – Indian Corn Decorations.

According to folklore, Indian corn was named after the Native Americans. However, the rustic ears are not only found in North America.  Indian corn was grown throughout  China, India and South America for centuries. 

Lots of ideas for decorating with Indian CornOne of the great things about Indian corn is the variety that the ears produce. This graphic from Home and Garden TV shows just how many colors there are.

Varieties of Indian Corn

Image shared from HGTV

The difference between now and years ago is that our ancestors ate Indian corn, and now we decorate with it.  And to make this an easier task, you can even grow Indian corn from seed, just like you can normal corn.  (affiliate link)

Indian corn is great for decorating with.If you do try to eat this Indian corn, you will find that it is not sweet like the typical ears of corn.  It has a starchy texture and taste a bit like hominy.  It can be ground to make flour and the whole kernels can be used for popcorn.

Here are some creative ideas for using Indian corn for home decorating.

Indian Corn Wreath with cobs and sheathsOne of the main ways that I have seen Indian corn used for decorations is in a wreath.  In this creative design, the cobs and ends of the corn alike are used to make a unique wreath with lots of texture and color.  Directions from Midwest Living.

Squirrel and Bird Feeder made of Indian corn.The squirrels and birds will love this one.  To make it, just cut ears of Indian corn in half and poke a hold through the center of each cob piece.  Thread a piece of wire or a wire coat hanger through the center so that the ears form a circle.  Tie a ribbon of pieces of hay at the top and hang.  Idea shared from Pretty Organized Palace.

Indian Corn Candle holder displayThis idea would be so easy to do.  Just alternate light and dark colored ears of Indian corn around a fat cream colored pillar candle and tie the whole thing with some rustic string.  Idea shared from BHG.

Indian Corn and Wheat Centerpiece for ThanksgivingThis lovely centerpiece would be perfect for Thanksgiving.  It is also easy to do.  Just add a piece of floral foam to a bowl and then insert wheat stalks so they fan out and then top with ears of Indian corn.  Idea shared from Midwest Living.

Indian Corn Bird HouseWhat a neat idea this is – it houses and feeds the birds all in one go!   This is a photo of a product that has sold out from Orvis but doing a DIY project for it would be quite easy if you have a wooden framed bird house.  Just cut all your ears of corn in half length wise.  Glue them to the sides and top of the wooden bird house and fill in between the ears with some faux greenery.

Indian Corn Candle HolderThis project is simple but very effective. There is something about that glowing candle in the midst of all that Indian corn that just says fall.  It’s an easy project too.  Just a glass vase, a pillar candle, some string and your Indian corn and you are all set.  Be sure to trim the stalks so that there is not a fire hazard.  See the tutorial at Confessions of a Plate Addict.

Indian corn Pitchfork DIYThis fast and easy project requires just a bare wall that needs dressing up, some Indian corn ears and an old pitchfork.  Just thread the Indian corn on to the pitch fork where the tines are if your fork has just a few tines, or in between them, if it has a lot, and display.  Idea shared from Midwest Living.

Indian corn swag fence decorationWhat a lovely way to decorate a rustic wooden fence. Take your ears of Indian corn and add some silk greenery in autumn colors to the top.  Tie it all up with some strands of raffia and attach to the top of your fence. Very easy and makes a great looking swag.  You could also hang this on a front door for a neat entry effect.  This idea is shared from Picking Petals at Etsy but would be very easy to duplicate if you are crafty.

Indian Corn and Pumpkin vignetteThis lovely rustic fall vignette is shared from Organized Clutter.  My friend Carlene combined Indian corn, small pumpkins, a Kiltie Plaid Jug and a rustic Lantern for this display.  See how she assembled it at Organized Clutter.

Indian Corn Swag on a blue door. Great color combo!This Indian Corn door swag could not be easier to make.  Just grab three long ears of Indian corn with stalks attached.  Fold the stalks down and then wrap a piece or raffia around the center of the stalks and hang on a nail on your door. The cobalt blue of this door is a perfect back drop for this display.  Image shared from Flickr.10 Ways to Decorate for Fall with Indian Corn

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  7 comments for “Decorating with Indian Corn

  1. 10/19/2015 at 9:36 am

    Thank you so much for featuring my Indian Corn Swag on your blog! :) What lovely ideas for decorating with Indian Corn for this time of year. Fall is my favorite!

    • Carol
      10/19/2015 at 3:49 pm

      My pleasure Shasta. I love the swag. I changed my door this year to one with an oval glass panels, so I am on the hunt for swag decor!

  2. 10/19/2015 at 1:48 pm

    I love Indian corn!

    • Carol
      10/19/2015 at 3:50 pm

      Me too. It’s so festive and crafty!

  3. 10/22/2015 at 4:30 pm

    I’m seen the Indian corn in the stores, but have never bought any. I love these different ideas for decorating with it. Great collection!

    • Carol
      10/22/2015 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks LInda. I think I might make a swag for my door this year.

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