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Winter Wonderland Trees Made From Fresh Corn Husks
Submitted by Pam on Sat, 11/16/2013 - 00:54
Finally! My "frightful" trees have made the transition from Halloween table toppers to sparkly, snow covered winter holiday trees.
A couple layers of spray snow, a few weeks of obsessing and finally a liberal application of fine, snowy glitter transformed what began as fresh corn husks - into a winter wonderland of holiday prettiness.
For now, I have nestled a few 'shrooms near the bases but once I release my boxes of Christmas goodness from their summer storage, I will add tiny feathered birds here and there and let them flit about among the branches while I am sleeping! And there are a few snowmen that I know will love spending the holidays right here as well!!!
These little beauties will be adding cheer to my home through February!
If you missed the post sharing how to make "frightful" trees from fresh corn husks, you can find it here.
The great thing about making the trees is that they do not have to be made all at once! Start them in September. Add as many branches as you can with the supply of fresh husks on hand, and then let them sit until you have fresh corn on hand again!
I failed to actually count, but I am estimating that I used the husks from at least 30 to 35 ears of corn to complete all three trees.
One thing I learned the hard way was that the rows of shredded husks must be placed very close together - like 3/8 inch. And even then, sometimes, holes might appear once the husks have dried. It is easy to add additional bits of shredded husk wherever a hole appears. The tree above is my first, and it required a LOT of hole filling! Once these dry, they will blend right in.
Kids will get a kick out of watching the branches twist and curl as they dry. There is no way to predict what they will do - always a surprise. But for the most part the inner husks seem to curl and contort more than the outer husks.
Once completely dry, and Halloween is over, a couple coats of spray snow will give the trees a wintery feel.
Note: spray snow may saturate the husks making them somewhat soggy, so try to dry them in as dry an environment as possible. I sprayed mine outside but brought them into the house to dry. Drying took about 24 hours.
Personally, I was hoping for a thicker coat of snow, but as I said, after obsessing for several weeks, I decided that I needed to love them as they are - not discard them because they didn't look exactly as I expected.
And the addition of glitter made all the difference. In real life - my trees sparkle like everything!
Sorry, but this is the best image I could get. Glitter is a pain to photograph!!!
I sprayed the trees with 3M 77 super multipurpose adhesive and then poured on very fine snow glitter. Used the whole bottle of glitter and tossed it before remembering someone might want to know what I used. Sorry about that. But almost any medium to fine glitter should work!
Now go husk some corn and start building trees!