Friday, November 11, 2011

Indian Corn Necklaces

Can you believe the seemingly endless amount of activities to do related to autumn?  It seems like every time I click onto someone elses  blog I see another fun fall craft, or recipe, or activity.  I thank God for the abundant harvest he gives us all the fun things we can do relating to it!

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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20 comments:

  1. This is fun! :) I'm going to pin it! :)

    :) Ami
    www.walkingbytheway.com

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  2. Waaaaay fun! What a WONDERFUL fine motor activity & the finished product is beautiful. I shared it with my readers on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Living-Life-Intentionally/261252997248957 - thanks for linking up to TGIF. I look forward to seeing wht you link up next!
    Beth =-)

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  3. Wow, what a neat idea and great results! Visiting from HHH.

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  4. Your corn necklace is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

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  5. OOOOOh - I like this! I think I might pin it for a future Thanksgiving craft!

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  6. Aww! Love the picture of the kids smilin' so big with their corn! So cute!

    Great idea, Amy!

    p.s. your updates still aren't triggering on my blog or dashboard... ??? What's going on???

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  7. This is such a great idea! I've seen lots of Thanksgiving creations, but this one's a first. Beautiful!

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  8. Thanks to all of you lovely ladies for your comments! Beth, thank you for sharing on facebook. Jacinda, I didn't realize that this wasn't common =) So glad I could share something different!

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  9. What a great and pretty idea! I've never seen it anywhere before! Soaking a little longer maybe?? Just make sure they dry really well or they might mold. You could hang them in the sun for one or two days inside a south window :) Lovely! A kiss for your fingers!

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  10. What a fantastic idea! I love how it turned out ;-) Thank you for sharing your ideas with us on The Sunday Showcase

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  11. Ohh I so wish I could borrow you every day for craft time! :) What a fun project! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. You are too kind, Candace =) Believe me, it's not every day a good idea comes around! lol

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  13. These turned out great, sorry about your fingers. I have never seen this before and don't know what you could do to make it a simpler task. Very fun necklaces though, thanks for sharing on Monday Madness.

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  14. P.s. - I'm featuring you tomorrow on Monday Madness!

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  15. Brooke, thanks so much for featuring me!

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  16. These are too cute! What fun! Thanks for linking up!

    I emailed you about advertising and still would love to if you have a space available. Just contact me.

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    1. You know, I didn't think of that...but I may have needed thimbles for just about all my fingers =)

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  18. What a terrific idea! I'm going to have my kids start soaking some corn today.
    I popped over from 'Meet Penny' and am enjoying taking a look around. Thank you!

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    1. I'm glad you popped over =) Did your necklaces work out?

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