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Cotton Ball Corn Cob Craft

Cotton Ball Corn Cob Craft

Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

Sweet corn is a lasting symbol of the Thanksgiving holiday. Make your own corn on the cob to celebrate the harvest season!

by Amanda Formaro

What you'll need

  • 8"x 10" piece of green craft foam
  • 4-5 cotton balls
  • Yellow acrylic craft paint
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue
  • Paintbrush

Helpful Tip:

1. To make this project into Indian corn, use tan craft foam instead of green and add touches of burgundy, orange and brown paint through the corn kernels. 2. Make several of these and use as place markers for your Thanksgiving table. Simply write family members' names across the green foam with a black marker. 3. This makes a fun classroom wall project. Have each child create a corn cob and build a cork wall with rows of corn.

How to make it

  1. Cut a corn cob shape out of the green craft foam.
  2. Line center of the craft foam with white craft glue.
  3. Pull small pieces off of the cotton balls and roll into balls with your fingers.
  4. Place the rolled balls onto the craft glue. Continue this step until entire center of green foam is filled with "corn kernels."
  5. Dip paintbrush into yellow paint. Paintbrush should be full, but not dripping.
  6. Using a dabbing motion, add paint to the cotton until mostly covered (see image). Allow to dry for about two hours.
  7. After paint has had a chance to dry, add more yellow paint where needed.
  8. Let dry completely.