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Make a Corn Husk Doll

Sep
24

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Did you save your corn husks? Are they dry yet?
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Some of mine are dry, others need more time. It’s been cloudy and rainy here lately. But it’s fall decorating time and I need corn husk dolls! Corn husk dolls are the epitome of primitive, so you can’t go wrong. They’re fun to make, with kids or without, and cute to dot around your house and porch in autumn. And they’re free! Can’t beat something that’s fun, cute, and free!


See how to dry corn husks here.

To make a corn husk doll, you need a couple of dry corn husks, a bowl of warm water, and scissors. That’s it! (The dogs are optional accessories.)
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Soak the dried husks for 10 minutes in warm water to make them pliable.
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Remove leaves from the warm water as you need them and dry on towels.
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Take six husk leaves and, using another thin strip of husk, tie the six leaves together at the narrow end.
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Now turn the leaves inside out and wrap the leaves down over where you tied it. (You could also add some cornsilk in there, if you want, so that when you turn it inside out, the cornsilk pops out of the top, making hair.)
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Using another thin strip, tie the leaves together at the “neck” to make the doll’s head.
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Taking three thin strips, tie one end with another thin strip then braid the three pieces together.
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Tie the other end off and trim. This will make the doll’s arms. Braid two more strips for the legs. I used shorter strips for the arms (about six inches), longer strips (about eight inches) for the legs.
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Slip the strips under the leaves. Place the piece for the arms horizontally under the neck.
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Position the legs below.
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Take another long strip and tie the doll around the waist to hold the arms and legs in place. Now you have a fully-formed dolly.
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Trim the leaves to make her hips. (Alternatively, you could leave them and trim them up later along with her skirt as underskirting. Also, technically, you don’t have to give her legs. Which would totally keep her from running away.) Look at her showing off, doing the splits. In broad daylight. Naked.
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We gotta get this girl some clothes! Take three leaves and place them with the fat end up and the narrow end just below the doll’s waist. Put the doll on top of the leaves.
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Put three more leaves around her from the top. Using another long piece of husk, tie the leaves onto her around the waist.
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Pull the leaves down to form a skirt.
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Take another long piece of husk and wrap it around her neck, pulling the ends forward to her front and crossing them.
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With another piece of husk, tie her around the waist again, securing her clothing. Trim skirt evenly. She’s dressed!
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Whew, maybe she’ll behave now.
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Uh oh….
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This one’s gonna be trouble, I just know it!

More corn husk crafts:
How to Make a Corn Husk Wreath

See the rest of the story about the little corn husk doll in A Cautionary Tale.

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on September 24, 2009  

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  1. 9-24
    4:14
    am

    Darling idea! Cute! Cute! Cute! Thank you.

  2. 9-24
    4:25
    am

    Ah! How cute is that? :D

  3. 9-24
    4:27
    am

    Oh, I love these! Very cute, Suzanne!

  4. 9-24
    4:51
    am

    So cute.These will look so cute around your house.

  5. 9-24
    5:00
    am

    That was awesome. The last shot made me laugh out loud.

  6. 9-24
    5:05
    am

    I can remember making these when I was a little girl. I also remember making some out of hollyhocks but now I can’t remember exactly how they go together. Anyone know how to do the hollyhock dolls?

  7. 9-24
    5:26
    am

    My Mom used to make all manner of things out of corn husks. We had an unlimited supply of them. All we had to do was go pick them from our fields before Dad combined. I remember Mom making a lot of corn husk wreaths for gifts. I still have the one she made me when I officially moved out. I may just have to try my hand at making a wreath this year!

  8. 9-24
    5:28
    am

    I guess it’s probably better she choose beer as her vice than smoking!!! lol

  9. 9-24
    5:32
    am

    So glad to see that the Giant Puppy and Boomer are assisting you in all your work. My dogs do the same thing. It’s always good to have helpers. :D

  10. 9-24
    6:46
    am

    :hungry2: I have just got to make some of these next year…they are just so darn cute! I even have the optional dogs to boot!

  11. 9-24
    6:46
    am

    :purpleflower: You crack me up!! :devil2: That is the nicest cornhusk doll I’ve ever seen, even if she is trouble!!! :sun:

  12. 9-24
    6:59
    am

    Very Funny!

  13. 9-24
    7:49
    am

    What a great idea, will have to try it soon!

  14. 9-24
    8:00
    am

    I always wondered how these cute little dolls were made. You make them look so easy! I’m gonna have to try. Thank you!

  15. 9-24
    8:14
    am

    That is so cute!!! I remember you saying “dry your corn husk!” Wish I had listened!! I’ll be saving mine next year.

    I remember my Dad making farm animals from cornstalks. You need to make her some of those to follow her around. I’ll grabs some cornstalks from my cousins field on the drive in today and email you the instructions if you like. Wonder if I could use the dried shucks from the ears in his field that haven’t been harvested yet to make dolls? He knows I always pick a couple of buckets of his ear corn to feed my squirrels through the winter and I cut cornstalks for my shock fodder decorations in the Fall.

  16. 9-24
    8:23
    am

    Great idea! I’m going to do this!

  17. 9-24
    9:04
    am

    Haha! This is made of win!

    It starts with drinking, then the next thing you know she’ll be out all night partying with the Corn Cob Pipes. Just you wait…you’ll have little cob babies running all over the place and causing a ruckus soon.

  18. 9-24
    9:42
    am

    LOL, how adorable she is!!!

  19. 9-24
    9:56
    am

    That is really fantastic – even though my first grandchild, due in Dec, is going to be a boy child (I loved that description from The Godfather), I will have to make one or two of these!!! I’m living in corn country, after all.

    I think you should name this doll Clover, as it sounds like the two have a lot in common.

  20. 9-24
    10:29
    am

    So sweet! There’s a really neat corn husk wreath in this month’s issue of Better Homes & Garden, I’m sure you could make it.

  21. 9-24
    11:33
    am

    This brings back so many memories of corn husk dolls I had been given as a child. I think they came from my grandmother… so cute!!!! I also just clicked over to your candle making posts and I’m so inspired! I’m off now to Goodwill to find some suitable jars. I just got a part time job at my local craft store so I can even get a discount on my other supplies. Yay! Great Christmas gift ideas!

  22. 9-24
    12:03
    pm

    Wow, Suzanne, just what can you NOT DO????!!!! You are so creative. I bet you could also make some good Tamales out of those husks AND those little dolls would be cute little ghosts at Halloween!!!!!
    I made cracker candy today, using the heavy duty foil, sprayed with Pam …WONDERFUL. So easy to remove the foil this time!!! I also used half the amt. of chocolate chips called for, as the whole pkg. was just too much for me. I do love chocolate, but it was too much…I just used double the pecans!!! Ha! :sheepjump:

  23. 9-24
    2:12
    pm

    It starts with the beer and then before you know it …. little corn-husk babies, what is our world coming too.

    Very cute doll …. I can almost see my great-grandmother sitting to play with her doll on the porch.

  24. 9-25
    6:06
    am

    That is so cool! I love it! I want some of those and I have some corn husks to make them with too!

    I’m going to do this, I swear…I reallly am going to do this…no kidding…as soon as I have time…really.

  25. 9-25
    6:40
    am

    Love your cornhusk doll!! Have you ever made a cornhusk wreath? They are very pretty and last for a long time. Enjoy reading your blog. Have a great Fall.

  26. 11-9
    11:23
    am

    these are so cute! i cant wait to make them for christmas!

  27. 12-6
    12:00
    pm

    wow! thats so cute!i made one but i tied with string. :wave:

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