Every time I make tamales I stare at the leftover pile of corn husks and think … one day I’m going to make a festive craft with them. But, as we all know the holiday’s fly by and my creative crafting ideas never happen. This year thankfully my PIC (partner in crafting), Kirsten came up with this beautiful corn husk wreath.

I have seen many corn husk wreaths and even spotted one recently at my favorite store Anthropologie. But this one has a few unique touches like the colorful ribbon and these stunning monogrammed wooden slices that have been burnished to say “tamalada” to welcome my guests for my upcoming tamalada. Of course, you can spell whatever you’d like, like your last name or “welcome”. The possibilities are endless.

Stay tuned — I will be posting another blog post to share how to make the wood burned slices for gift tags, wine charms, or ornaments.



  • Straw wreath
  • Corn husks
  • 2 feet of jute cord
  • Ribbon
  • Glue gun
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  1. To make corn husks more pliable, run under warm water for 15 seconds and blot dry.
  2. Wrap and overlap husks around the entire wreath using a glue gun and pins to secure.
  3. Cut remaining husks for the sunburst into a point.
  4. Alternate and layer each pointed hust with hot glue and pins.
  5. Finish off with the ribbon around the center and a bow.
  6. Hang with the jute cord.

Instructions for the wood lettering coming soon!


DIY by Thrifty Rehab