I made these beaded corn ears with my daughter Anna’s Brownie Girl Scout troop for Thanksgiving when the girls were young. As with many bead projects, everyone enjoyed sitting around a table and creating them. They also enjoyed the finished products, each one a slightly different interpretation of corn.
• Approximately 30 pony beads (9 mm or larger) in varied
corn colors, like yellow, brown, orange, ivory, and black
• 1 yard raffia or twine
• Pin back and glue, if desired.
Cut raffia or twine in two 18″ pieces.
Slide both pieces through one bead, so that the bead is right in the middle of each piece, and separate the four strands.
String seven beads onto each strand. The original bead will now be at the bottom of the “ear” of corn.
Slide one bead through the four strands at the top to pull them together.
Tie remaining raffia or twine into a bow.
Glue a pin back to the husk, if desired.
This activity and many others appear in Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World.
Photos by Susan Sachs Lipman