How to Make Corn Stalks for a "Wizard of Oz" Play

Updated July 20, 2017

Creating props for theatrical presentations can be costly and time consuming. The theatrical performance of "The Wizard of Oz" includes a scene in which Dorothy meets the Scarecrow. In this scene, the two characters are surrounded by corn stalks. Sometimes corn stalk props are made using real ears of corn. This can create a large mess, and the corn can be heavy and difficult to move when the set for the next scene need to be placed on the stage. You can use basic craft materials and creative thinking to create lightweight and realistic corn stalks.

Cut yellow poster board into large oval shapes about 1 foot high by 4 inches wide. Cut one oval for every corn stalk needed.

Draw corn kernels onto the poster board ovals using a brown marker. Draw rows of small, rounded squares until the surface of the ovals are completely covered. This will create the cob of the corn stalk.

Use a hot glue gun to add pieces of straw to the cob to create the look of corn silk. Do not add too much straw, as this will overpower the corncob.

Cut three pieces of natural-coloured raffia paper into strips measuring 1 1/2 feet long by 5 inches wide. Raffia paper can be found at craft stores. Scrunch the raffia paper to create a wrinkled corn husk effect. Using a hot glue gun, glue the raffia paper to the base of the paper corncob. Glue one piece of raffia paper to each side of the cob, and another piece to the back. This will create the illusion that the cob is growing out of the husks.

Tape the corncobs to wooden dowels or bamboo stems using heavy-duty tape like duct tape or masking tape. This will create tall corn stalks. Wooden dowels and bamboo shoots can be found at home and garden centres.

Push the wooden dowels or bamboo shoots into blocks of styrofoam. Use large pieces of styrofoam measuring approximately 4 feet long by 1 foot high by 1 foot wide. This will create a light base that is easily moved when set changes occur. Place several corn stalks into one piece of foam to create the corn field effect found in the Wizard of Oz. Creating several foam bases filled with corn stalks may be necessary to achieve a full-looking corn field. Attach long pieces of string to the foam bases for a quick retrieval method when the corn stalks need to removed for the next scene.

Things You'll Need

  • Yellow poster board
  • Brown marker
  • Straw
  • Hot glue gun
  • Natural-coloured raffia paper
  • Heavy-duty tape
  • Wooden dowels
  • Bamboo stems (optional)
  • Styrofoam blocks
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Elizabeth Vander Heide has been writing since 2003. She owns and operates a successful mural and hand-painted furniture business. In addition to art and decorative painting, she is an experienced hairstylist and makeup artist with a wealth of knowledge of the beauty industry. Vander Heide writes decorative painting instructions and seminar guides for professional tole painters. She studied at Cappa School of Hairstyling.