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Rit Dye

By Rit Dye Team

November 13, 2017

Project Description

Create this beautiful Christmas wreath with dyed corn husks. An affordable DIY wreath that can last for years to come.


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 2 hours

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You'll Also Need

  •   1 - 8oz package of dried corn husks (can be found at most grocery stores. Corn husks are traditionally soaked and used to make tamales.)

  •    Straw wreath form (16" used here)

  •    Krylon Crystal Clear Spray (optional)

  •   4 gallon pot

  •   glue gun

  •   large metal spoon

  •   paper towels

  •   plastic table cover

  •   rubber gloves

Step By Step

  1. Cover table with plastic. Gather supplies.

  2. Fill bin about halfway up with very hot water. Shake dye bottle before pouring. Wearing rubber gloves, add ½ of the bottle of your favorite Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye. Stir well.

  3. Test dye color by dipping a paper towel or spare husk directly into the dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye; if color is too dark, add more water.

  4. Add the corn husks into the prepared dyebath stirring occasionally. Leave in dyebath until desired color is achieved.

  5. Remove the husks from the dye bath, rinse in cold water and place on paper towels to dry.

  6. Once the husks have dried slightly you are ready to get started forming the wreath. You don’t want the husks dripping wet but pliable enough to work with.

  7. You want each husk piece to be about 2” wide so you’ll have to rip some of the bigger husks into two or three pieces.

  8. Place straw wreath form on paper towel and plug in glue gun.

  9. Take a piece of dyed husk and fold it in half. Put a thick strip of glue along the bottom and glue in place in the middle of the wreath form, with skinnier park of the husk on the bottom.

  10. Continue this, overlapping quite a bit, until you have a ring all the way around the middle of your form.

  11. Next, start on the inside of the form and make another ring of husks. Repeat this process again to make a ring around the outside of the form.

  12. Make sure you overlap each husk in the same row and the rows themselves quite a bit because once the husks begin to dry they will shrink and you don’t want any gaps.

  13. OPTIONAL: If you are displaying your wreath outside and are worried about it getting wet you can seal the whole thing with a clear coat. Krylon’s Crystal Clear was used which is water resistant and adds a glossy finish.

  14. Once totally dry add a bow or other decoration and hang.




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