White or Off-White Cardstock
Corn Husk Colored Cardstock
Piece of Scrap Chipboard/Cardboard
Glue Dots or Hot Glue
Wooden Embroidery Hoop
Surface Covering (VERY IMPORTANT)
My supplies ended up being cardstock from American Crafts (cream) and the pale green that was embossed with a texture from Cordinations, paint from Ranger (a yellow, orange, red, and brown), along with a scrap of bubble wrap, lint roller from my sewing supplies, and a misc paint brush.
These supplies were easily gathered from my stash which is always a bonus on the frugality, but would also be very inexpensive to pop into a local craft store and pick up.
Once we had all of our supplies laid out, Tyler got to work on our background paper for the ears of indian corn by randomly applying our colors of paint on different areas of the bubble wrap covered lint roller. I did suggest to him that he not over lap the paint colors too much as they would mix and would end up the same color. This reminder was somewhat useful.
Once the paint mostly covered Tyler's roller, he rolled all over the paper until the entire piece of cardstock was covered with tiny dots or kernels of corn.
While the paint was drying, I created a cardboard template for the ears of corn. Once the paint had completely dried, Tyler turned the cardstock over and traced the ears of corn. He got 6 ears from each piece of 12x12 paper he made.
I helped Tyler a bit more at this point and we free handed the husks of our ears of corn. he helped with placement and I trimmed the shape. Once our ears of corn were completed we mostly symmetrically attached them to the inner frame of an embroidery hoop with glue dots. I highly recommend adhesives such as glue dots when working with kiddos.
After adding some ribbon from our stash, our new wreath was ready to hang and enjoy. We even have about a dozen more ears of indian corn to use to either decorate our Thanksgiving table, use as place cards, or even dish markers during our Thanksgiving festivities.
While I did this craft with our 8 year old son, I do feel it can be done with younger children with just as little frustration. Very fun and very memorable craft to share!