Modern uses for corn cobs include grinding them up for packing material and for bedding material for pets.
Old-fashioned ways they've been used include turning them into pipes, boiling them to make corn-cob jelly and stacking them next to outhouses before the invention of toilet paper. Ouch!
This wreath is just one example of the many crafts that kids can make with dried corn cobs. I found it in an Old Town consignment shop in Berea, Ky., and thought you might like to make one to celebrate harvest time in the Midwest. A notation on the back attributes it to artist Polly Combs, who made the wreath in 2001.
Supplies you will need: 3 or 4 dried corn cobs. Cardboard. Raffia. White craft glue. Low-temperature glue gun. Compass. Scissors. String.
Ask an adult to cut a few dried corn cobs into 1/4-inch sections. Separate the pieces that are equal in size and discard the rest.
Use a compass to make a circle 5 inches in diameter on a piece of cardboard. Keeping the point of the compass in the center, make another circle about 2-1/2 inches in diameter. Cut both the circles out of the cardboard at the lines.
Use the point of the compass to make a hole through the wreath near the outside edge and thread a piece of string through the hole. Tie the string in a knot for a hanger for your wreath when you are finished.
Glue the sections of corn cob in two rows on the cardboard, working around the string to keep it moving freely. Overlap both the inside and outside edges of the cardboard with the corn cob sections to hide them.
Glue a third layer of corn cob sections on top, placing them where the bottom-layer sections touch and hiding any cardboard showing. Set aside to dry.
Tie a 16-inch section of raffia into a bow and use a low temperature glue gun to attach it to the top of the wreath, just below the string.