Humble corn husks take a decorative turn when dyed a rich burgundy shade and looped around a wreath frame. The resulting display makes a radiant Thanksgiving welcome.
- Liquid Rit dye, in Wine; ritdye.com
- Corn husks (50 for 18-inch wreath)
- Paper towels or kraft paper
- 18-inch straw wreath form, createforless.com
- Floral U pins, createforless.com
- Satin ribbon (optional)
In a large bowl, prepare a dye bath with a ratio of 2 teaspoons of dye to each cup of warm water.
Working in small batches, soak husks until they reach desired color. (You may need to swish the liquid around to dye the husks evenly.)
Remove husks, and lay them flat on paper towels or kraft paper; let dry slightly.
While husks are still damp and pliable, begin making the wreath. Tear husks in half lengthwise along their natural striation. Working in rows and overlapping as you go, loop each husk and anchor its ends to the wreath with a U pin. Continue until the form is covered.
Hang from a loop of ribbon.