I wanted to make something different for candle holders this fall, so I decided to experiment with corn husks. I got these at Walmart. One package contains enough corn husks to make several candle holders.
My other supplies included: glass containers, votive candles, raffia, and a hot glue gun. The votive candles I found are in their own individual glass holders, which I really like. I found them at Walmart as well.
The corn husks were dry and brittle, so I soaked them in water for a few minutes to make them more pliable. You can soak them in a container like this, or just use your sink.
After they have soaked for a few minutes, lay them out on layers of paper toweling:
Cover with more paper toweling and blot as much water out as you can:
Lay them out to dry. This takes several hours. I found out the hard way that they become dry and brittle again after about a week, even if you have soaked them. So I recommend using them within a couple of days of their soaking.
Protect your surface with wax paper or parchment. Apply hot glue to the pointed end of a corn husk and lay the glass container on top until it adheres.
Repeat this process and work your way around the container:
It will look like this:
If you want it to be thicker, you can add more:
Gently pull all the corn husks up and secure with wire or a pipe cleaner.
Then tie with raffia. After that, you can remove your wire. I added another piece of raffia and looped and tied it under the bow:
Then I snipped all the ends to give it a scraggly look:
This is the finished result. I used more corn husks on the left one. Just go with whatever look you like the best.
I tucked a couple of silk autumn leaves behind the raffia:
I placed two with the pumpkins on my mantel:
And one to greet our guests on my kitchen window ledge on the back porch:
This project was so much fun. I am hoping they will last from year to year. If not, I will just make more next year!