How to dry corn for beautiful Autumn decor

There is nothing more beautiful than the changing colors of the autumn season. Bringing those colors into your home is a great way to appreciate the beauty of the changing seasons.

This summer Darrick and I planted over 900 “Glass Gem” corn kernels by hand.

Glass gem corn is an heirloom seed with beautiful rainbow translucent kernels. It’s used mainly for popcorn, grounding into flour, and decoration.

It takes about 3 months to grow corn. In northern Minnesota that is just about all we have for a decent growing season.

When the corn was finished growing we had to peak through a few kernels to find out if they had gotten their colors. When the corn is growing it is a regular white kernel and get their pop of color when they are mature. We only harvested a few at first as most weren’t mature yet. By the next time we went out to check them it had rained and we got an early unexpected frost so unfortunately a bunch of our crop got ruined. We saved about 50 colorful kernels.

To turn them into decor I pulled the husks back and put them in a solution of bleach and water and let them soak for half an hour to kill any mold or bugs on them. If using for eating- don’t use bleach. After that rinse them well, tie each one to a cotton yarn string, and hang them to dry. I hung mine outside; but I wouldn’t suggest that as the squirrels had a hay day buffet. In the end we ended up with about 20 dried rainbow cobs, just enough to decorate our mantle.


Thank you for visiting and we hope you are able to successfully make your own corn decor. If you have any questions or comments please post below. If you are interested in reading more, please subscribe.

God bless,

Darrick and Kay

You visit the earth and cause it to overflow; You greatly enrich it; The stream of God is full of water; You prepare their grain, for thus You prepare the earth.

~Psalm 65:9

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