How to Make an Easy Indian Corn Vase Flower Arrangement for Thanksgiving

Add a harvest note to your Thanksgiving or seasonal fall décor with an Indian corn vase and centerpiece. This easy to make vase is the perfect vessel for a floral arrangement or centerpiece for your Thanksgiving or fall table.

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Happy Monday!

It’s one of my favorite days of the month when I join my

Monday Morning Blooms’ friends to share some flower therapy!

We’re excited to welcome Shannon at Belle Bleu Interiors, joining us as a Guest ‘Bloomer’ today!

You can find my flower friends’ links to their floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.

Thanksgiving is a couple of weeks away and our common theme for this week’s edition

of Monday Morning Blooms was ‘Giving Thanks’.

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Indian corn is symbol of harvest season and one I associate with Thanksgiving.

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According to History.com:

 Indian corn or Flint corn is one of the oldest varieties of corn, a type that Native Americans taught the early colonists how to cultivate. The kernels come in a range of colors and have “hard as flint” shells, giving this type of corn its name. Flint corn kernels contain a small amount of soft starch surrounded completely by a larger amount of hard starch, which means the kernels shrink uniformly when drying and are dent-free.

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I like to use Indian corn in my seasonal fall harvest and Thanksgiving décor.

I used throw it out at the end of the season for the critters to nibble on

but noticed it would sit there uneaten for weeks.

Apparently, the squirrels, raccoons and other wildlife found the hard kernels unappetizing

in comparison to the fresh sunflower seed, available in the birdfeeders. :)

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I started storing ears of Indian corn in a plastic bin, to use from one year to the next, as

 the low moisture and sugar content of the kernels gives it a long shelf life.

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I’ve seen Indian corn vases on Pinterest and this project

has been on my ‘to do’ list for several years.

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I’m happy to say it was surprisingly easy!

Here are the easy steps if you’d like to make one to add a harvest note

to your table or Thanksgiving décor.

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Start with a glass cylinder vase and ears of Indian corn.

How many you’ll need will depend on the size of your ears of corn and your vase.

The vase I used was 8-inches tall by 6-inches wide.

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Remove the husks from the ears of corn by snapping them off.

Mine snapped off pretty evenly and cleanly except for one or two ears that were a little more stubborn.

My grocery store usually sells Indian corn in 3-ear bundles up though Thanksgiving.

It took 5 bundles (15 ears) for my 6 x 8-inch vase.

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To secure the ears of corn against the side of the vase, you’ll need some large rubber bands.

You can a variety or large rubber bands on Amazon.

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I couldn’t find any rubber bands large enough locally when I was ready to make my vase

and didn’t want to wait for delivery.

Necessity is the mother of invention, as so scoured the aisles at Dollar Tree

and picked up some elastic headwraps. I’m happy to say they worked great!

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Wrap your vase with your elastic or rubber band and tuck your ear of corn against side of the vase.

Continue to add your ears until your vase is concealed.

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After adding several ears of corn, I decided it would be easier to work on a Lazy Susan Turntable

so the ears didn’t shift as I continued to work my way around the sides of the vase.

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Ta da. . .finished in under 5 minutes!

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Some of my ears were slightly shorter than the height of my vase

but the height difference would be concealed by my floral material.

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I transferred my vase to a round bark tray I found at HomeGoods several years ago.

There is a similar one on Amazon.

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Brown satin wire-edge ribbon found at Hobby Lobby

was tied around the Indian corn to conceal the elastic band.

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Ready to fill with flowers!

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I started with a favorite tool, chicken wire, to support the flower stems for easy arranging.

Chicken wire is an eco-friendly alternative to wet flower foam as it is reusable.

Cut your chicken wire at least 4 inches wider than the opening of your container,

so you have some excess wire to bend and hold against the walls of your container.

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I cut some small branches of fall leaves to provide the framework of the arrangement.

Tip: Peel woody stems foliage and flowers with a vegetable peeler to allow them to "drink" and stay fresh longer | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #diy #indiancorn #vase #flowerarrangement #fall #harvest #thanksgiving

When using foliage or flowers with woody stems, remove 3 – 4 inches of the outer wood

with a vegetable peeler to helps the stems ‘drink’ and stay fresh longer.

Dollar Tree is a great spot to pick up an extra vegetable peeler dedicated to

 flower arranging so your kitchen vegetable peeler won’t be dulled by woody stems.

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Next I add some mums from the grocery store, along with some foraged fall grasses.

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Then I added sunflowers, alstroemeria, a few more grasses

and sprinkled in some more maple leaves.

Floralife Clear Crowning Glory Solution, a game changer for prolonging the life of your flowers! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #diy #indiancorn #vase #flowerarrangement #fall #harvest #thanksgiving

I can’t say enough good things about Floralife Clear Crowning Glory Solution!

It’s an anti-transpirant spray that seals in moisture and prolongs the life of your flowers and arrangement!

It dries clear and is safe to use on all flower types.

I’ve had flowers last as long as two weeks and it helps extend the life and vibrant color

of those fall leaves that would typically fall off a day or so after cutting.

Crowning Glory will dry within 30 minutes to an hour, depending the temperature and humidity.

Note: Wait to spray roses after they are open with Crowning Glory

as it will prohibit them from opening further.

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Here are few tips to help extend the life of your flowers in your arrangement:

Cut your flower stems at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake and

remove any leaves below the water line.

 Always add floral preservative packets to your vase water.

 If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula.

 Check your water level to top it off as needed and change your water

every other day if possible, to reduce bacteria and extend the vase life.

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I placed my finished harvest arrangement and

Indian corn vase centerpiece on the porch. . .

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Along with a fringed plaid throw and sunflower and pumpkin pillow.

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Coming soon as a centerpiece for a Thanksgiving table. . .

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Here’s a teaser. . .

“The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.” – Douglas Wood | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #diy #indiancorn #vase #flowerarrangement #fall #harvest #thanksgiving #quote

“The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for

 we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.”

– Douglas Wood

Add a harvest note to your Thanksgiving or seasonal fall décor with an Indian corn vase and centerpiece. This easy to make vase is the perfect vessel for a floral arrangement or centerpiece for your Thanksgiving or fall table #diy #flowerarrangement #indiancorn #fall #thanksgiving #centerpiece ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Visit my talented blogging friends to see their floral inspiration this week:

Pam at Everyday Living

 Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Shannon at Belle Bleu Interiors

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  31 comments for “How to Make an Easy Indian Corn Vase Flower Arrangement for Thanksgiving

  1. November 7, 2022 at 7:28 am

    Mary, the Indian corn vase has been on my to-do list for a while. With your expert tutorial, I think I can accomplish this beautiful vase. I always appreciate your tutorials which are easy to follow, especially for one who is not a DIYer. Your foraged leaves and grasses along with grocery store mums made a beautiful arrangement for the Thanksgiving table! What a warm and inviting setting on your porch, a perfect way to start an autumn morning.

    I look forward each month to share Monday Morning Blooms and flower therapy with you. Wishing you a lovely Monday🧡

  2. Debbie J
    November 7, 2022 at 7:29 am

    What a beautiful arrangement! Thank you for the detailed instructions you always provide. Happy Monday.

  3. Bonnie Morgan
    November 7, 2022 at 7:54 am

    Mary, the Indian corn vase is stunning! Thanks for your tutorial. The headband was perfect for holding the corn. I love the colorful fall leaves, sunflowers, mums, alstroemeria, and grasses in your arrangement and the beautiful brown ribbon and round bark tray. Your porch is very festive with your pretty plaid throw and fall pillow with scattered pumpkins as a great backdrop for your Indian corn fall arrangement.
    We do have so many blessings. I am thankful for the inspiration and enjoyment I receive from Monday Morning Blooms. Thank you.

  4. November 7, 2022 at 8:17 am

    Mary, your Indian corn vase makes quite the statement. I love the idea of using foraged leaves and grasses. The mums are a lovely addition. A beautiful porch setting to enjoy this autumn season. Love the teaser photo with your warm rich colors and turkey tureens against the plaid tablecloth.

  5. Ellen
    November 7, 2022 at 8:51 am

    What a beautiful idea! Thank you!

  6. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
    November 7, 2022 at 9:08 am

    Good morning, Mary! Your Indian Corn vase and arrangement is gorgeous! The vibrant fall foliage with the mums and sunflowers is so pretty. You have inspired me to try my hand at making one for our Thanksgiving table. You made me laugh about the critters not wanting the tough corn. I must have some squirrels living around here with razor sharp teeth. Last year, I accidentally left some Indian corn on my porch table, only to find it the next day eaten clear to the cob! I don’t know how they managed to eat it. Thank you so much for inviting me to be a guest bloomer. I have had such a wonderful time. You are all so talented! Have a wonderful day, sweet friend!

  7. Janet Robinson
    November 7, 2022 at 9:32 am

    This is a fantastic project and arrangement! I am going to make this. We have lots of corn here in Maine! Thank you Mary!

  8. Jane Greene
    November 7, 2022 at 9:37 am

    The arrangement is absolutely beautiful!! Thanks for the tip about the preservative spray. I’m heading to the store to find some Indian corn. Because your instructions are so clear, it will be a fun project!

  9. Clara
    November 7, 2022 at 9:40 am

    Love this Mary! It’s so pretty and colorful. Thanks for the tutorial. Happy Monday! Clara❤️

  10. November 7, 2022 at 9:42 am

    Mary, the vase came out so beautifully! It’s been on my Pinterest board for quite some time too, but I haven’t made it yet. So happy that YOU did, it truly looks spectacular! Using foraged leaves and branches is my favorite, the colors of your arrangement speak to the love of fall. Your tutorials are always so clear and very easy to follow. Thank you!

    It’s my favorite Monday of the month too, when we join hands and hearts to share our beloved Monday Morning Blooms. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead, dear friend. xo Lidy

  11. Dr. Mary
    November 7, 2022 at 10:06 am

    Thank you for all your efforts and talents. You bring me and others great joy. This post is so delightful.
    Many Blessings!

  12. Mary
    November 7, 2022 at 10:17 am

    Mary , what a fun and easy project . Great tutorial as always! Love how pretty it turned out and the flowers and corn speak all things fall. Your porch looks great ! Have a good week ! 🧡🍁🧡

    • Rita C.
      November 7, 2022 at 10:54 am

      Mary, that’s so pretty, pinned! I love Indian corn as decor, but the squirrels always ravaged mine within a day or two of using it on my porch! Maybe there are toothless squirrels running around, lol. Brilliant to use DT headbands, and that HL ribbon is lovely too.

  13. Rosalie
    November 7, 2022 at 10:53 am

    So pretty!

  14. Dorinda Selke
    November 7, 2022 at 11:28 am

    Hi Mary ~ I cannot wait to try my hand at making this beautiful container for our Thanksgiving table. I just love all the colors of this time of year – I call them “cozy colors”. Wishing you cozy times with hubby and pups ! Hugs~Dorinda

  15. Barbara Zuleski
    November 7, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    Mary another fabulous creation. I love Indian corn and used in they maker is just perfect for our harvest table…. thank you

  16. November 7, 2022 at 12:23 pm

    So pretty Mary!! And what a fabulous idea! I love your inventive use of the stretchy DT headband, and the brown ribbon is so pretty~ I love the tip about using the vegetable peeler on the woody stems, and the colored leaves look so perfect with your Fall flower mix…hmmm, I need to get out my Indian corn!

  17. Shirley @Housepitality Designs
    November 7, 2022 at 1:01 pm

    In love, love, love with your Indian Corn vase. Using beautiful branches of fall leaves incorporating then with the fresh flowers is fabulous!!! What a showstopper this would make on a Thanksgiving table!!! Happy Thanksgiving Mary!!!

  18. Nancy
    November 7, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    Love, love this vase…I always have indian corn around this time of year, popping off trays with pumpkins, but this is beyond gorgeous…..hmm wonder what I could use for a Christmas vase…….

  19. Leslie
    November 7, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you. You are brilliant and I love your clear, creative directions. Thank you. I only comment once a year or so, but love your posts about the waterscapes, your sweet dogs and all the wonderful decorating ideas and tips. Thank you for all the work you do to help us make life in our homes beautiful. Blessings for a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  20. Susan B
    November 7, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    Mary, the arrangement is beautiful!! The colors are so vibrant and what a clever way to use Indian corn. It’s just perfect for an autumn table. Thank you for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  21. November 7, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    How fun is this! And your tutorial was excellent! Thank you!
    Your Indian Corn vase looks quite beautiful with your foraged flowers, mums, leaves and grasses. It looks great out on your porch. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity.
    Take good care on this beautiful Monday!

  22. November 7, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    I absolutely love the colors and textures in this unique floral arrangement. Thanks so much for posting the tutorial. I pinned it to my Pretty Ideas for Autumn board.

  23. November 9, 2022 at 8:35 am

    Oh Mary, I love, love, love this idea!!! I have ears of corn stored for years, too, but not enough. I need to find more and try this. Thanks for your tips and creativity. 🍁🦃🍁

  24. Christine Vigneri
    November 12, 2022 at 11:33 am

    thank you for this great idea,certainly the first time I’ve seen it! I bought a whole bunch of Indian corn with no clear idea of what to do with it-well,I do now!Thank you-gotta go,can’t wait to get started!

  25. Diane Toth
    November 12, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    This is so beautiful. I love it. Thanks for sharing. You are so very clever

  26. Linda L Hovgaard
    November 14, 2022 at 12:05 pm

    Your posts are always an added jewel to my day! Love your Indian Corn Vase Flower Arrangement is beautiful and fun! Thanks again Mary!

  27. November 16, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    It looks wonderful, I adore all fall decor, but the vase is terrific!

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