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Thanksgiving Craft with Indian Corn

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A quick and simple Thanksgiving craft using mini Indian corn and raffia. So easy that you can do it in minutes.

‘Tis the season for fun and fast fall and Thanksgiving crafts. I recently created an easy fall sign in just a few minutes and now I’m making Indian corn Thanksgiving decor even faster.

mini Indian corn and raffia hanger on stone wall

Before we get to this easy project, let’s talk a bit about Indian corn (an often overlooked fall decoration).

How do you decorate Indian corn?

There are so many fun ways to decorate with Indian corn. Last year I created a DIY Indian corn wreath for our front door. It was a really easy project to do (I know…I say that a lot!), plus I love how big and bold it is. It certainly says “fall”.

You could also make a simple, traditional door hanger with 3 Indian corn cobs tied together with raffia or string.

Can you save decorative Indian corn?


I have had my Indian corn in storage for more than 2 years now without any issues. The leftover corn from my wreath project was carefully wrapped in newspaper and stored away in my craft cabinet.

The wreath itself is stored in our cool, dry basement when it’s not hanging on the front door. I always cover it with a large plastic bag and hang it from the rafters. Of course if you tend to get little mice critters that come to visit, you may want to store your Indian corn in an airtight plastic bin (they can chew through a cardboard box).

How do you hang Indian corn on a door?

You can either try this simple craft, or you can make a wreath, like my DIY Indian corn wreath.

If you want to go an even easier route, and a bit more traditional, you can tie 3 corn cobs together by the husks with raffia, string or ribbon and hang it on your door.

Ok, let’s move on to this simple Thanksgiving craft…

Supplies to make hanging Indian corn decor

We all know how to hang Indian corn on our front door by tying the husks with raffia, but I’m going a bit further and hanging several Indian corn bundles on long lengths of raffia. It’s perfect to hang on your front door, or in my case on the stone wall next to my front door.

It would also be a unique way to dress up the center of your Thanksgiving table as a table runner.

Creating our hanging Indian corn decor

Don’t blink because you may miss out on how I made this. Seriously, it’s that easy and it can be done in 5 minutes.

First I unwrapped all of the mini Indian corn cobs and unpacked the raffia. I bought a package that has long lengths so that I could hang my trios of corn down the length of the raffia bunch.

mini Indian corn cobs and a bunch of raffia

Next I pulled out a piece of the raffia from the bunch and tied it around the husks of 3 mini corn cobs.

3 ears of mini Indian corn

Make sure you tie it tight, in a knot, but don’t break the ends, you will need them to tie the corn trios to the raffia.

When you have several trios tied up (I made 4), you can start tying them to your long lengths of raffia.

tying raffia around husks of 3 mini Indian corn cobs

Before I started tying the trios of corn to the raffia, I made an open knot in the top so that I could hang it up. I just used a piece of the raffia to tie the knot and all the pieces together.

end of mini corn hanger raffia, tied in a knot

For a bit of added security I also threaded a piece of floral wire through the raffia knot just in case.

floral wire tied in raffia bunch

Next I laid the length of raffia (the whole bunch) on my kitchen island and tied each corn bundle so that the tips of the corn cobs in one bunch was touching the tops of the husks of the next bunch.

tying corn cob bunch to raffia

When all 4 bunches were tied on to the raffia I took it outside and hung it next to my front door. My Indian corn wreath is currently on the door so this is a nice accent.

closeup of mini Indian corn tied to raffia

Of course you could always hang it right on your door instead of a wreath, or use it as a table runner.

closeup of mini Indian corn tied to raffia on stone wall

That’s it!

Like I said, so easy to do and now I have some unique Thanksgiving decor that I can use for several seasons to come.

Maybe I need to name my new creation…mini Indian corn raffia hanger thing-a-ma-jiggy?


mini Indian corn and raffia hanger on stone wall

Check out more of my fall craft ideas…

DIY Indian Corn Wreath

Hydrangea Wreath DIY (with my own flowers from the garden)

collage of mini Indian corn tied to raffia and a large graphic
Yield: 1 hanging Indian corn decoration

Thanksgiving Craft with Indian Corn

closeup of mini Indian corn tied to raffia on stone wall

A how-to for a quick and easy Thanksgiving craft using Indian corn and raffia to hang on your front door or to use as a table runner.

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5


  • Indian corn cobs
  • 60" length raffia bunch
  • floral wire
  • wire cutters


  1. Sort Indian corn into 4 bunches of three
  2. Use a piece of raffia to tie each bunch together by the husks...tie a tight knot but don't break raffia
  3. Straighten out the bunch of raffia
  4. Create a hanging loop in the top of the bunch of raffia and tie it tight with a piece of the raffia
  5. You could also use a piece of floral wire to make a hook for hanging
  6. Simply guide wire through raffia loop that you created
  7. Twist floral wire, trim ends
  8. Begin tying each Indian corn bunch to the raffia, make sure the bottom of the corn cob touches the top of the husk on the next bunch
  9. After all 4 bunches of corn are tied to the raffia, hang on your front door or use it as a Thanksgiving table runner

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  1. Deborah Halcomb says:

    Great idea. I have always liked indian corn for fall decor. Can’t wait to see what you do for Christmas this year.

  2. I like to use Indian Corn for Fall decorating. Your Thanksgiving craft is ideal for any home or style. Love it!

  3. Kim Purvis says:

    Ooh I love this! It would make a great garland for the front door too! Pinned!

    1. Thanks so much Kim! Yes, it would make a great garland for the front door! Love that idea!

  4. It’s so pretty and it looks perfect against your rustic stone cottage. Hoping you’re well my friend!!

    1. Thanks so much my friend! I really love decorating with these mini Indian corn cobs. Hope all is well with you!

  5. Anita Holland says:

    Well you learn something new everyday. I have never heard of Indian corn here in Australia but I will be having a look for it. The look is so unique, thanks for sharing.

    1. Oh wow, I’m glad that I was able to introduce you to this versatile fall decor staple (and the mini corn cobs are so cute!). My corn wreath was really the first time I decorated with it but I have more projects in mind so I’ll definitely use it again.

  6. Lori Nell says:

    Love this so much bang with just a little time and effort!!

  7. That’s beautiful Kristi! Would love to get my hands on some of these 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Sara! I love these cute little Indian corn(s). I found them on Etsy a few years ago but they aren’t always easy to find.

  8. Michelle Leslie says:

    Quick and easy crafts are always the best, especially when they end up looking so lovely.

    1. So true, Michelle! There’s nothing better than quick and easy (and inexpensive) crafting. 🙂

  9. Kippi Ohern says:

    Nothing says harvest like Indian Corn decor. Great idea for the perfect Thanksgiving decor.

    1. Thanks so much, Kippi! I’ve never decorated with Indian corn before but it’s become one of my fave fall and Thanksgiving decor staples.

  10. A perfect side to that amazing wreath. Your mini corn wreath is my favor of all your wreaths—the pink tulips a second.❤️❤️

    1. Thanks! It does go well with my mini corn wreath (and it’s my fave as well).

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