Ever needed to make cornstalks for a theater production, an exhibit or for holiday decoration? Well here is how to make green cornstalks out of ordinary materials you can find at your local hardward store.
Bamboo pole (approximately 1.5” diameter x 6’ long)
4” hunter green duct tape
2” hunter green duct tape
Heavy gauge wire
18” 20 gauge floral wire
Golden yellow pipe cleaners (aka Chenille stems)
Hot glue gun
Razor blade or sharp knife
Hunter green tissue paper
Light green tissue paper
TAP Plastics silicon mould kit
Yellow spray foam insulation
Faux corn cob
Long tall container
2 plastic mixing cups
Making the Stalk
1 Bamboo pole (approximately 1.5” in diameter x 6’ long)
Spray the bamboo with a coat of hunter green paint.
Spray a light mist of the medium green over the dark green, make sure you keep the spray can far away from the bamboo so the mist doesn’t get too heavy.
Layer on a fine mist of the light green spray paint. You don’t want too much of the light green color, just a little bit to give it some depth. If you get too much of the light green, go over it again with a fine misting of the medium color.
The bamboo should look like this when you are done.
Making the Ears Using the Molding and Spray Foam Method
Silicon Mold Making Kit from Tap Plastics (link to website)
A faux corn cob
A container to hold the mold
2 plastic measuring cups that measure in milileters
Can of spray foam insulation
Secure the tip of the cob to the bottom of the container using hot glue and secure the top so it doesn’t move around and is standing upright.
Mix the silicon mold kit according to directions from the Tap Plastics website (link)
Mixing ratio (silicon to catalyst) by volume will be 9 to 1. Use the plastic measuring cups to measure and mix.
Pour silicon mix around the cob in the container. Allow to cure for recommended time according to Tap Plastics (usually 8 to 9 hours).
Once cured cut the mold out of the plastic container that it was allowed to cure in; cut the mold in half. The faux cob should come out easily and your mold is complete!
Put the mold halves back together and tape shut.
Fill the mold with spray foam and allow the foam to dry according to the time on the packaging.
Once cured, open the mold and you should have a foam corncob, like you see above.
Optional ear making method:
You can also carve the ears out of wood and tissue paper like shown here. Instead of using duct tape, make the inner leaves with light green and dark green tissue paper.