Nothing says Christmas in a Latinx house like tamales. That’s why this amazing wreath is so genius we wish we thought of it first.
Luis Octavio, host of the “Nos Vemos en el Swap Meet” podcast created the unique piece and told Hip Latina, “I’m sure that if these were mass-produced, they would sell out because it’s not just a wreath, it’s a piece of art – one that helps us remember our family traditions. When my mother saw it she said, “ahi hijo, esto me recuerda a los tamales que hacía tu bisabuela.” [That] is what I wanted this wreath to make you think of: of family and traditions.”
Want to wow your family—and all your neighbors—with a tamale wreath of your own? Here's how to DIY it:
- 24 inch wreath
- 1 can of Great Stuff gap filler
- corn husks/leaves
- yarn or ribbon of your choice
- Put on gloves before handling the gap filler.
- Take the corn husks and fold into the shape of a tamal leaving the top open.
- Squeeze the Great Stuff gap filler into the tamales. It takes about 20-25 minutes to dry.
- After the gap filler has dried in all the tamales, cut off excess at top.
- Tie ribbon around each.
- Loosen branches on the wreath.
- Arrange tamales around the wreath to pick the design you’d like.
- Slide tamal with ribbon onto branch (double check to make sure they’re secure). Do the same with the rest.
- Add bow on top.
Now get ready to have the coolest house on the block.
H/T: Hip Latina