Add a corn husk top to your ristra is very simple. You need:
Dozen dried corn husks – get them at your grocery store in the Mexican food area. They are used to make tamales.
6 in. twine
MAKE THE HAT
To make the hat, soak the corn husks in a bowl of water for about 10 minutes
Remove the corn husks from the water and place them on a cutting board
Run the tines of a fork over them, separating the husk into thin strips.
Cut a small (about 6 inches) piece of cotton string or twine
Bunch the corn-husk strips around the twine, like a little broom.
Tie a string around the bunch in the center and attach to the twine
Fluff out the top and spread over the top of the chile ristra
Watch Chris Alexander at Ristramnn Chile Co. in Mesilla, NM make an authentic red chile ristra with a decorative corn husk top.
Go to 12:20 for instructions on making the corn husk top