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Corncob Table Setting

You'll wow your friends and family when they find this Corncob Table Setting at Thanksgiving dinner. Making your own Corncob Table Setting is easier than you might think, and you'll have tons of fun mixing festive fall colors to make this Thanksgiving arts and crafts project. You can use this technique for all your Thanksgiving decoration ideas, whether you make placemats to use again and again or simply stamp paper napkins to add a burst of autumn color to your table.

Corncob Table Setting















  • Tulip Soft® Fabric Paint Chocolate (15800 )         
  • Tulip Soft® Fabric PaintCrimson Red (15790)         
  • Tulip Soft® Fabric PaintGrape (15793)         
  • Tulip Soft® Fabric PaintMandarin Orange (15787)         
  • Tulip Soft® Fabric Paint Olive (15798 )         
  • Brush - ½” flat
  • Scissors
  • Corn
  • Heavy weight paper napkins – natural color
  • Knife
  • Foil
  • Fabric placemats – natural color
  • Paper towels
  • Wedge makeup sponges
  • Paper towels
  • Corncob holders or bamboo skewers



  1. Break off a 2” long piece from corncob. If needed, get an adult’s help to use a knife to cut kernels from corncob, leaving about 2” of kernel. Wrap in paper towel to absorb moisture.
  2. Push cob holders or skewers into the ends of corn piece.
  3. Cut three wedge sponges in half lengthwise.
  4. Squeeze a small puddle of each color of Soft Fabric Paint onto a piece of foil.
  5. Practice the technique on a paper towel before starting on placemat. Tap flat end of wedge sponge in Olive paint then tap off excess on foil. Pounce paint onto a ½” strip across kernels. Working quickly, tap a clean sponge in Chocolate and pounce next to first stripe. Continue with remaining colors around corncob, repeating colors if needed depending on corncob size.
  6. Holding skewers, place corncob at edge of paper towel then start rolling cob away from you along length of towel, slightly pressing to create pattern. Add more paint to corncob, adding color to same place as before, then line up where paint starts to fade on paper towel, press in place and roll again.
  7. Set placemat on work surface. Repeat steps 5-6 on placemat, adding more paint as needed to complete longer side. Roll a stripe along bottom and one side about 3” in from edge.
  8. Roll cob on layers of paper towels to remove excess paint. Dip flat brush in Grape Soft Fabric Paint and paint a strip around middle of cob just the width of brush. Line up corncob just outside the stripe on side of placement and roll color up the side. Roll off excess paint then repeat step with Olive, rolling along the bottom edge of mat. Refer to photo. Let dry.
  9. Repeat steps along edges of paper napkins.
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