Bubble Wrap Indian Corn
Bubble Wrap Crafts
Bubble wrap Indian corn is an easy Thanksgiving
craft for kids! My daughters love to play with bubble wrap,
and we always seem to have some around the house. Hopefully
you do too!
The only other thing you need is an empty paper towel tube
(or toilet paper tube), and a lunch size paper bag, glue and some
paints. These really look nice when they are done, and my
kids loved painting the kernels.
These would look really
pretty as part of a
Thanksgiving centerpiece, or would make a great Thanksgiving craft
project at school.
needed to make TWO bubble wrap Indian corn cobs:
- empty paper towel tube
- bubble wrap
- glue and scissors
- lunch size brown paper bag
- acrylic paints in yellow, orange, brown and black
Begin the bubble wrap Indian corn by cutting a paper towel tube in half
(5.5 inches in length). This will give you enough to make two
ears of corn. Alternatively, you can use one empty toilet
2. Cut a rectangle of bubble wrap, long enough to wrap around
the tube. Allow a little extra length for you to overlap it
slightly. Allow at least two inches of bubble wrap to extend
above and below the tube. Then, apply glue all over the paper
towel tube. Wrap the bubble wrap around it, securing it with
glue. Hold this together with rubber bands until it dries.
3. In the meantime, apply glue INSIDE the bubblewrap around
both of the extending edges (see photo). Do each end one at a
time so it doesn't get too messy. At one end, tuck the
bubblewrap inside the tube. This will stay in on its own but
the glue will help cure it. At the other end, gather the
bubble wrap together and secure this with a twist tie or another
rubberband. Remember, there should be plenty of glue on the
inside to help hold this together. When it is dry (overnight
drying is best) the ends of the bubble wrap can be snipped off above
the point where the ends are gathered together.
Note: I found that white school glue did not hold this
extremely well, and it took awhile to cure. Another strong
tacky glue may work better. Or, perhaps the ends can be kept
secure by wrapping with a white thread. If you come up with a
better idea while making this craft, please post a comment below so we
can learn the best method.
4. Let the painting begin! Dip your paintbrush into
yellow paint and just paint the raised plastic bubbles on the bubble
wrap. Skip a few "kernels" every so often. These kernels can be painted
orange, brown, or black. You can paint the whole ear, or just
one side. Only one side will be peeking through the corn husk
so it is up to you. Allow it to dry before moving on to the
5. Cut open a lunch sized brown paper bag by cutting down one
of the edges, then cutting around and removing the bottom of the
bag. This will leave you with a large rectangle.
Cut this in half. This gives you enough for two corn
cobs. Wrap the Indian corn in the brown paper. The
brown paper ends should come together on the painted side of the
corn. Allow some excess brown paper to extend from the bottom
of the ear of corn.
6. Turn the corn cob over. Take the extending brown
paper ends and fold them together and up. Secure with a
staple. Turn the corn cob over and fold back the paper ends
to make it resemble the husk. The bubble wrap Indian corn is
now ready for display!
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