Corn Husk Dolls

I have been wanting to make corn husk dolls with the children for ages and after a trip to the Saturday morning Farmer's Market and loads of fresh farm corn, I had no excuse. :-) Not only was it an easy activity, but we have had hours of fun with the dolls.

Pull all the corn husks off and leave them in a basket to dry- the hardest part of this craft is waiting for them to turn a light cream colour.

corn husk dolls, pioneer crafts

Once they are dry, which should take about 4 to 6 weeks although I have to confess ours sat a little longer due to someone procrastinating! Once they are the right colour you need soak them for about 2 hours- yes, in water! This makes them pliable and workable. My children couldn't believe we dried them out for so long only to wet them again!

corn husk dolls, pioneer crafts

Drain them in a colander and then they are ready to use. We worked on top of a folded towel which worked well. Take about four corn husks and place them on top of each other as shown below.

corn husk dolls, pioneer crafts corn husk dolls, pioneer crafts

Take a piece of string, I just used a good crocheting cotton, but string would be fine, and tie the four husks together about two and a half centimetres from the top.

corn husk dolls, pioneer crafts


Trim the top of the husk neatly.

corn husk dolls, pioneer crafts

Divide the husks in half and fold them over the string to form the head and then tie a string to form the neck area.

corn husk dolls, pioneer crafts

Next take a single corn husk and trim it neatly on both sides- this piece will form the arms.

corn husk dolls, pioneer crafts


corn husk dolls, pioneer crafts

Roll up the husk and tie it on both ends to secure.

corn husk dolls, pioneer crafts

Slide the arms in just below the head and then tie a piece of string below it to secure them in place.

corn husk dolls, pioneer crafts


corn husk dolls, pioneer crafts


corn husk dolls, pioneer crafts


Take another neatly trimmed husk and put it around the neck and criss cross over the front as shown.

corn husk dolls, pioneer crafts


If you are making a girl doll, then your project is ready to dry.



If you are making a boy doll, you will need to snip the corn husks and tie them separately to form two legs.

corn husk dolls, pioneer crafts

Then all you have to do is let your corn husk dolls dry overnight and they will be ready to play with the next day. My children drew faces on some and made little clothes for them too- we even had Viking corn husk dolls!!





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