Saturday, October 8, 2011

Corn Ladder

"Corn Ladder", you ask?  Well, really it's some jute tied with a few knots holding some Indian corn but I prefer to call it a "Corn Ladder".   I've had mine for many years now and love to display it during this time of year. 

If you're interested in making one
all you're going to need is 4 ears of Indian corn and a roll of large 4 ply jute.  You should be able to find the thick jute at your local craft or hardware store.  Each ear of corn I used for this project is about 9-10 inches long.  Try to get the corn about the same in size but different colors for a more interesting look. 

Instructions:   Cut a piece of the jute 8 feet long.  This will work for 4 ears of corn.  I have about 2 inches between knots on mine and about a 2 1/2 inch opening for the corn between the knots.

Now take your cut piece of jute and fold it in half.  At the fold, this will be the top of the ladder where you can hang it from.  While holding the fold, tie a single knot leaving about a 2 inch loop for hanging.  You should now have two long strands of jute coming from the top loop. 

Next, tie another knot about 4 inches from the first knot on each strand. 

Starting at the second knots, you are going to untwist the jute with your fingers to insert the corn through the middle of the four twisted strands.  Do this again on the other hanging strand. 

Once you place the corn through the twisted openings, you then tie another knot right under the corn on each strand to hold it in place.  (See below.)  Keep the openings for the corn snug so they won't fall out when you are moving the ladder about.

Once the knots are tied under the corn, move down about 2 inches and tie knots again on each strand.  Below these knots will be the next openings for the 2nd corn. 

When placing the corn inside the openings, reverse the direction of the corn to balance the weight on the ladder.
Repeat this step two more times for the 3rd and 4th ears of corn.

After the last corn is in place you can untwist each strand the bottom and trim to a desired length.  I have left mine untrimmed and they hang about 4 1/2 inches.

 I've also made a corn ladder with baby corn and I used thinner jute. Very cute!
 You can also use fresh corn for your critter friends too!
Thanks for looking and  Happy Fall Y'all!

1 comment:

  1. Looked everywhere for a roll of jute just last week. At my local craft stores, the employees didn't even know what I was talking about! Thanks for the tip; I didn't even think to try the hardware store.


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