Corn Prints

Make a paper corn craft by coloring it using real corn prints. Corn is a wonderful material for making unique prints on paper or fabric. It can be used for adding texture to pictures, collages and other craft projects.
Corn Prints craft


  • Corn with husk
  • Any water-based paint
  • Paint brush
  • Stick or dowel
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Safety Tips

  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Corn Prints craft Ask for an adult's help.1. Separate the husk from the corn. Set the husk aside for later.
Step 2 Corn Prints craft 2. Make an outline of a corn on a sheet of paper. A fun way to do this is to trace around the actual corn itself (Younger children can work by pairs). You may also print out this corn pattern or draw the outline yourself.
Step 3 Corn Prints craft Ask for an adult's help.3. Cut the corn into halves and skewer each corn through a stick or dowel. Snip off the pointed edge on each stick, if there are any.
Step 4 Corn Prints craft 4. Take one corn and paint its entire surface yellow, making sure to paint all of the kernels.

*Add only a minimal amount of water to the paint, just enough to make it spreadable. Runny paint will not stick to the corn kernels.
Step 5 Corn Prints craft 5. Roll the corn back and forth on the paper until you have covered the area inside the corn outline.  Reapply paint onto the corn when the prints become too light.
Step 6 Corn Prints craft 6. Obtain a piece of corn husk. Make corn husk prints following these steps:
  • (A.) Paint the rougher surface of the husk green.
  • (B.) Press the painted surface of the husk onto a sheet of paper.
  • (C.) Peel off the husk to reveal a green corn husk print.
Step 7 Corn Prints craft 7. Make 2 or more corn husk prints.
Step 8a Corn Prints craft 8. Once the paint dries, cut out the corn husk prints.
Step 9 Corn Prints craft 9. As well as the paper corn cob.
Step 10 Corn Prints craft 10. Glue a pair of corn husk pieces on either side of the corn.
Step 11 Corn Prints craft 11. You may glue 2 more corn husk pieces at the back.
Step 12 Corn Prints craft 12. If you wish to, you can trim the sides of the husk to add curves or shape it more to your liking.
Step 13 Corn Prints craft 13. That's it! These paper corn decorations are great for sprucing up any room for an autumn/Thanksgiving theme or you may put them together inside a paper basket.

More Ideas

Colorful corn prints Allow kids to explore colors and patterns by making random corn prints. Provide a large sheet of paper where they can enjoy rolling the corn and making multi-colored corn prints. 

*It's best to assign 1 corn per color of paint to avoid making muddy-colored corn prints.
Corn prints chicken Older kids can cut out shapes out of the corn-printed sheets of paper and assemble the shapes into a collage.  The unique prints made by both the corn cob and the husk give the resulting image a nice highly-textured look.
Corn Prints Apron craft Corn prints can also be used to decorate aprons, pillow cases, placemats, bags and other fabric craft projects.

Check out this lovely Corn Prints Apron craft.