Corn Cob Projects

Corn Cob Projects

Old Fashioned Crafts:

By Brenda Hyde

Fresh sweet corn has been a favorite since it was called maze. Native Americans knew the value of this great vegetable, and taught the early American settlers to use every part of it, including the cob! With all of our modern conveniences we take so many things for granted, but remember that families didn't have a Toys 'R Us around the corner and had to make their own crafts and toys. On a cool Saturday afternoon make yourself a big pot of corn chowder and dry the corn cobs for a day of fun with the kids this fall!

First, here is a nice simple recipe for fresh corn chowder.

Fresh Corn Chowder


1 sweet onion, chopped

4 slices bacon, diced

6 ears fresh corn

2 quarts whipping cream or half and half

salt and ground black pepper to taste

1 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme (optional)

Remove corn kernels from the ears of corn and set aside cobs. Saute the bacon, onions, and corn in a medium pot until the onions the bacon is crispy. Add the cream. Heat through over medium low heat. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.

CORN COBS: After you've removed the corn from the cobs, dry them for 1-2 weeks in a spot that squirrels and other wildlife can't get to them. They'll need good air circulation so they dry and don't mold..

Corn Cob Placemats

You'll need:

Corn Cob

Corn cob holders

Fabric paints

Fabric-cotton muslin works well

Prepare your fabric-I always like muslin because it's inexpensive and though it needs ironing, it works well for crafts. Cut pieces of the muslin to the size of a placemat. Place down colored ads from the newspaper (the ink doesn't smear like on the regular paper pages) on your work area. Cut the corn cobs into 2 inch pieces-each person should have one piece. Attach the corn cob holders to each piece.

Put a small amount of paint on a paper plate--each color should have its own plate. Dip the corn cob into paint on one side--then dab it on a piece of paper towel or rag to get off the excess. Roll it across the placemat until a pattern is created. Allow one color to dry and add more until its done as you wish. Notes: You should have enough corn cobs that everyone can trade cobs with different colors OR you can rinse and dry the cobs between colors too. Just dry them with a paper towel or rag. Try dipping the ends of the cobs in paint for some neat circles.

MORE PROJECTS: You can use this method to make wrapping paper, pictures, handmade cards, background for signs etc. It's easy, inexpensive and the kids will have a blast!

A Bird Cob Feeder

You will need:

dry corn cobs

peanut butter


large nails

string or jute

Push the large nail into the thick end of each cob. Use the back of a wooden spoon, butter knife or spatula to spread the corn cob with a good layer of peanut butter. Place the bird seed in pie plate and roll the peanut butter cob in the seed until it's coated. Tie a string to the head of the nail and hang the cobs from tree branches.

ANOTHER FUN PROJECT: Make corn husk dolls this autumn with the kids! Click Here.

About the Author

Brenda is the editor of She is a wife, mom to three and a freelance writer as well.


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