Complete instructions to create this Indian Corn Pin from beads and paper twist.  Make one for each guest at your Thanksgiving celebration.

Materials and Supplies

Craft Supplies:

  • 1 Brown or tan chenille stem (Pipe cleaner)
  • 12" piece of paper twist, Natural or tan color
  • Bar pin with three holes in it
  • 12" piece thin ribbon in fall color
  • 45 tri beads - 5 beads each of 3 different colors per ear of corn. You will make 3 ears of corn.

Craft Instructions

  1. Cut the paper-twist in thirds. This will give you three piece each 4" long. Set aside.
  2. Cut the pipe cleaner in thirds giving you three pieces each 4" long.
  3. Slightly bend one end of each pipe cleaner to prevent the beads from sliding off.
  4. For each ear of corn, you will use 5 beads each of 3 different colors for a total of 15 tri-beads per ear. You will be making 3 ears of corn for a total of 45 beads. Do not be afraid to experiment with non traditional colors like blue and purple.
  5. Working with the unbent end of the pipe cleaner, *slide on one bead of color 1, then one bead of color 2 and one bead of color 3. Repeat from * until all 15 beads are on the 4" piece of pipe cleaner. This will only fill the pipe cleaner about half way.
  6. Repeat step 5 with your other two pipe cleaners. The color combinations can be different for each of the three ears.
  7. Untwist the three pieces of paper twist. These will be your husks.
  8. Poke the straight end of your pipe cleaner thru the paper twist about an inch or so below the top end of the paper twist. Then, re-twist the paper that is both above and below your beads. Set aside.
  9. Repeat step 8 with the other two ears of corn.
  10. Take the bar pin and keep the flat side facing you. Poke one pipe cleaner thru each of the three holes.
  11. Carefully open up the pin and tightly twist the three pipe cleaner ends together.
  12. Adjust the ears of corn how you would like them then, tie a piece of ribbon around the top of all three husks and tie it in a bow. Trim ends of ribbon at an angle for a more finished look.

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