One fun thing we did this year was make Indian corn necklaces. I have always seen beautiful Indian corn this time of year, but I had never bought it before.
|Beautiful Indian Corn|
|The kids proudly displaying their corn!|
The first thing you have to do is remove the kernels from the cob. I found it was easiest if I broke the cobs in half, then the kernels just had to be sort of pushed off one-by-one from the broken end. What I liked about this part is that all of us were capable of doing it, even Mackenzie! She didn't get very many, but it really kept her focused and occupied for quite a while! Trevor was very excited when he got ALL of the kernels off of his one (half of a) cob.
|The kids hard at work!|
|Our beautiful pile of kernels!|
I was amazed at how many kernels we got! I really could have just bought one cob of corn. The next part was hard for Trevor because you have to w a i t. The kernels need to soak in water for quite a while to soften them up. One website I read said to soak them in boiling hot water for one hour, but the kernels were still way too hard to work with. Another site said to soak them for a few hours and then your kids should be able to string their necklace using a blunt needle. Yeah right! I could barely get a regular needle through. So we let them soak all day and then I strung the kernels on the needle and Trevor's job was handing me which kernel he wanted to go on next and then pushing it down the string.
We ended up making two necklaces. I would have loved to use up all our kernels to make more, but my fingers were just too sore! If anyone knows of an easier way to make these, please let me know because I'd love to try again next year, but not at the expense of my fingers =)
Afterward we were left with three bare corn cobs. What would you do with these? Here's what we did!
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