A classic DIY corn husk doll can easily be transformed into a Halloween witch with just a few extra details. Continue reading
I made these table place cards with Thanksgiving in mind, but the colors and imagery could easily be altered to accommodate any holiday gathering. Continue reading
Take advantage of fall’s beautiful color by making this autumn leaf bowl from the fallen leaves. Continue reading
A broom corn wreath is a nice autumn decoration because, while it has a variety of colors, the colors are muted in autumn hues. Continue reading
A broom corn swag will last for many years as broom corn dries very easily. They make lovely autumn decorations. Continue reading
Who doesn’t love apple cider? That cold, sweet fresh-pressed taste of homemade apple cider is a plus at any family gathering, but it’s even better when the cider itself is the gathering. Continue reading
Thanksgiving arrives this week. Want to keep dessert in an autumn mood? Try these 10 pumpkin dessert recipes. Continue reading
This one was a request I got from someone wanting to make heart-shaped wheat weavings as favors for their wedding. The hearts are woven around a wire core which allows you to bend the finished weaving into any shape; in this case a heart.
Autumn time is usually when I start getting heavily back into the wheat weaving, but thought I’d start with something simple. A harvest braid is very traditional wheat weaving. It’s also very easy, as the “hair braid” is the only plait you’ll be needing. The trick to making this braid look good is to ensure the straws all stay in the same order and remain flat as you’re weaving, otherwise it tends to look messy.
These are something I make every year. They’re just cute little table decorations and look great in a bunch. They can work for any of the autumn holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc. Usually they’ll last all the way through Thanksgiving before they start to rot (so long as they’re not kept in a very warm spot). Although one year I gave one to my grandmother and it dried, so she kept it right through Christmas!
The nice thing about these is that everything on them is real, except the silk leaves. (I tried real leaves one year and they ended up a crumpled, powdery mess by the end). You can usually find them by the bag at Michael’s or Joann Fabrics. If not, you can cut the leaves off one of those holiday leaf garlands.
One of my favorite parts about summer is of course sweet corn (who doesn’t love that?) and the leftover husks (ok, a little less commonly sought after than the sweet corn, but still loads of fun). Most of our leftover husks go to the cows, as husks are like a cow’s version of desert, but I always save a out a few to make cornhusk dolls. They’re cute little folkart things that are fun to make, and the best part is, if anything gets messed up during the creation, there are plenty more husks where those came from.
Cornhusk dolls have their origins in Native American culture. The dolls were made as toys for children as well for more serious ceremonies. In later years, the pioneers also borrowed the tradition from the Native Americans and made dolls for their children out of cornhusks.
Traditionally cornhusk dolls have no faces. This is due to Continue reading
A love knot is one of the easiest designs to weave and is a good one to start with if you’ve never woven with wheat before.
In order to weave with wheat, there are a few basics things that will be required for any weaving you choose to do. This tutorial shows those basics.