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DIY Fall Votives with Cornhusks and Feathers

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Hey y’all…I’m so excited about today’s project! This is another project that I created in less than 5 minutes! If you have been following us for awhile, it is no secret that I love feathers. I started collecting them as a little girl. Each one is different and unique and has special meaning to me. I subtly incorporate them throughout my home decor – in an antique inkwell, on top of a book or in a seasonal display like my Fall Coffee Table.

Last week when I entered my grocery store, boxes of mini Indian corn were being unpacked and displayed at the front of the store. The minis are cute but they didn’t have a place in my decor this year. But – I did notice that the stock clerk was cleaning up cornhusks and throwing them into the empty boxes.

DIY Fall Votive with Cornhusks and Feathers

I sweetly asked him what he was going to do with the cornhusks. He gave me a sideways glance – almost trying to determine how sane I was – and he stated that they would be thrown away. I asked if there was anyway that I could have them…and he gave them to me for free with the store managers approval. Trust me, I’ve learned the hard way that it never hurts to ask.

I left the store on cloud nine. The clerk and the store manager didn’t even wait for me to be our of earshot before saying “What is she gonna do with that stuff?”. I felt like I just got away with robbing the bank! LOL. I didn’t even have an idea of what I was going to use them for – until yesterday.

I collected my materials – the cornhusks, craft feathers from my stash, raffia and some glue.

DIY Fall Votive with Cornhusks and Feathers

I’ve just begun working on my Fall mantel and decided I wanted to cover this glass candleholder. I also covered an empty holder that I had saved.

DIY Fall Votive with Cornhusks and Feathers

I lightly washed the husks under running water – this makes them more pliable. I started adding them one at a time on the outside of the glass with a dot of glue. I used my glue gun but you could easily use craft glue, but you would need to wait for it to dry. I wasn’t that patient.

DIY Fall Votive with Cornhusks and Feathers


DIY Fall Votive with Cornhusks and Feathers

I wanted the rim to be more clean looking so I trimmed off the tops. The feather is kept in place with a piece of raffia tied around it.

DIY Fall Votive with Cornhusks and Feathers

I displayed everything inside this vintage tulip crate…

DIY Fall Votive with Cornhusks and Feathers


DIY Fall Votive with Cornhusks and Feathers


DIY Fall Votive with Cornhusks and Feathers

…see how the cornhusks glow when the candle is lit?

DIY Fall Votive with Cornhusks and Feathers

This vintage amber apothecary jar is from Jenn’s wedding…

DIY Fall Votive with Cornhusks and Feathers



DIY Fall Votive with Cornhusks and Feathers


DIY Fall Votive with Cornhusks and Feathers


DIY Cornhusk and Feather Votives - Perfect for Fall

When gluing the husks onto the glass it doesn’t need to be perfect. The husks are very textural and forgiving. I may make some small votives for the dining room table…wouldn’t that be cute?


  1. These votive are too cute! I love how easily they’ll transition from now to Thanksgiving. The soft glow from the candles is perfection. I love that this is a 5 minute project too. So awesome, hugs, Coco

    1. Thanks so much CoCo – I know that you are a feather girl too. And I’m sure you recognize the beautiful feather that you gifted me in the post. There are never any two exactly alike and they have so much meaning to me! Hugs to you too!

  2. I put feathers on a client’s storyboard and he said he didn’t get it – Ha! It was for color inspiration, the perfect gray brown. Pinned this, so pretty.

  3. I like the look! I’m not big on feathers but these seem just right. Thanks for sharif te how to do too. Linda

  4. Hi Vicki, Omg these corn husk votives are way too cute and you keep amazing me with your creativity. Bravo to you for asking for them. Love that. have a great day, Lisa

    1. Hey Lisa – you are gonna make my head swell LOL. I do my best work under pressure! Thank you so very much!

  5. Love this idea Vicki! The things we do for crafts! They turned out beautifully and you can’t beat free and fast! Thank you for sharing!


    1. Yes Cat – I will do just about anything, especially when it’s free LOL. Thanks so much!

  6. Such a cute idea Vicki! I love the corn husk story, I can imagine both the looks on the store employees faces’ as well as your excitement! Love the combined textures of the husks and the feathers together. Thanks for sharing!!


    1. Hey Shonee – I chuckle every time I think about it. I’d like to say this is the first time I’ve done something like this, But…it isn’t LOL. Thanks so much for liking the votives!

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