We spent some time this month exploring Indian corn, or variegated corn. After removing the corn kernels to make our sensory bag we had a lot of kernels left over, so I thought we’d try making a new craft. That’s how these Indian corn sunflowers came about!
Materials for Indian Corn Sunflowers
- Corn kernels
- Husks (snipped off the cob to preferred length for sunflower petals)
- Thin cardboard circles (ours are 5 inches in diameter)
- Loop of twine or string of some sort (optional, if you want to attach to the back so the sunflowers can hang)
Steps for Making Sunflower Craft
We started by covering the back of our circles with glue. Tinker loves squeezing glue at this age, so she was all about it!
As we started to add the husks to make the flowers Tinker stopped for a minute to explore the texture. We talked a bit about how it felt.
We made a few layers of husks adding glue in between layers.
Just keep adding layers until you feel the flower is full enough. The husks may not seem like they are sticking well, but they will stick once the glue dries.
Grab something heavy to place on top of the flower while it dries. We had a pumpkin handy. (And I should note that I don’t recommend placing paper under this project. Umm…glue and paper, bad combo! I learned that the hard way as I tried to peel these off the paper, but it all worked out.)
After the glue was mostly dry we removed the pumpkins and flipped over the flowers.
The girls each added more glue to the center. Then they sprinkled corn kernels, trying their best to cover the circle completely.
After waiting for them to dry, the girls were so proud of their creations. They’ve been showing everyone who visits lately! You can decide what to do with them. They’d make great wall decorations. They have a 3-D effect so we are using them to add to our fall centerpiece on the dining room table.
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