Thanksgiving Craft: Paper Towel Roll Indian Corn


This Paper Towel Roll Indian Corn is not only easy to make but you can recycle your paper towel rolls too. It’s a fun Thanksgiving craft to make with kids.

Hi everyone, It’s Erica from Messy Momma Crafts. I’ve been crafting a lot lately and love to recycle while I do so. With this Paper Towel Roll Indian Corn you can use your old paper towel rolls to make something fun for Fall with the kids or create it as a Thanksgiving craft along with these cute paper pumpkins.

This Thanksgiving Craft: Paper Towel Roll Indian Corn is not only easy to make but you can recycle your paper towel rolls too.

How to Make This Easy Thanksgiving Craft

This craft is a perfect way to celebrate Thanksgiving or to welcome Fall and all the beauty that it brings.

What you need: 

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Craft Tools Needed: 

Supplies Needed: 


A crumpled paper towel roll shaped to look like an ear of corn and a hot glue gun.

1. cut and bend your paper towel rolls.

Carefully cut each paper towel roll in half, bend each end together and carefully hot glue the ends closed. If you are going to use this as a craft for preschoolers or kindergarteners, I suggest doing this step before you invite the kids to help.

Paper towel rolls shaped like ears of corn and painted brown

2. paint the paper towel rolls.

Use the foam paintbrush to lightly brush on the brown paint and let dry. This is also a good step to do before you bring the younger kids in. They might not have the patience to wait for their corn to dry.

A brown paper towel roll shaped like an ear of corn and painted with yellow, white, and orange dots.

3. Paint the corn kernels.

Squirt a small amount of each color paint onto a paper plate. Use the end of the foam paintbrush to dip into the paint one color at a time and onto the brown paper towel roll to look like corn kernels. Let dry.

This Thanksgiving Craft: Paper Towel Roll Indian Corn is not only easy to make but you can recycle your paper towel rolls too.

4. Place the husk on the corn.

Lay out an 8×10 piece of green tissue paper and place the painted corn on top. Wrap and twist each end of the tissue paper around the corn to look like the husk. Cut a tan pipe cleaner into quarters and twist one around each end to hold the tissue paper on the corn.

This Thanksgiving Craft: Paper Towel Roll Indian Corn is not only easy to make but you can recycle your paper towel rolls too.

Questions About This Easy Corn Craft

Here are some questions people have asked about this craft. If you don’t see your question below, please leave it in the comments.

Can I use toiler paper rolls?

If you don’t use paper towels in your house, you can always make smaller versions of this with toilet paper rolls too. They are actually a fun little size for making smaller ears of corn.

What do you do with this paper towel craft?

This is such a fun craft to make with your kids! After you make it, what do you do with it?

Well, here are some of my favorite ways to use this paper towel Indian corn craft:

  • Filler in a DIY gift basket – you can use it to decorate a Thanksgiving gift basket
  • DIY Centerpiece – put it on the Thanksgiving table as a centerpiece
  • Attach to a door wreath – put the ears of corn on a DIY wreath on your front door.

What age is this craft for?

This is the perfect November craft for preschoolers or can even be a fun Thanksgiving project for kindergarteners. It is best for younger children. Older kids, teens, or adults can still have fun, but it’s designed for smaller kids.

Indian corn craft made out of paper towel rolls and green tissue paper.

What’s Next? 

If you enjoyed this Paper Towel Roll Indian Corn Thanksgiving craft then you’ll enjoy these other fall-themed crafts and recipes too.

Caramel Apple Rice Krispies Treats

Easy Pumpkin Craft With Popsicle Sticks

Marshmallow Snowman Treats

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First published August 2019. Updated with answers to questions and more fall craft ideas on September 2020.

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  1. This is such a cute craft for the kiddos this harvest season! I need to pass this idea onto some teacher friends.

  2. That is such a great idea. I think those turned out really good. I would love to make these with my daughters. They’d be great for keeping around Thanksgiving.

  3. This is just the cutest Thanksgiving craft! I can’t wait to make it with all the kids over the holidays.

  4. I think that this is going to be fun to do with kids. It’s a pretty nice activity to try. This is going to bring out the most creativity in you.

  5. What a great craft project for the kid! It is harvest season after all. Making this with my nephews.

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