How to Make Cornhusk Dolls

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Cornhusk dolls were originally made to celebrate the harvest, but with the right materials, you can create them any time of year. The dolls are simple to make, and the materials are inexpensive. Even small children can craft the dolls with minimal adult supervision.

Things You'll Need

  • 7 pieces of cornhusk
  • Paper towels
  • Ruler
  • Yarn or twine
  • Scissors
  • Buttons, fabric scraps and ribbon for embellishment (optional)
  • Glue (optional)

Step 1

Soak the cornhusks in water for 10 minutes; then dry them with a paper towel.

Step 2

Set the single remaining cornhusk aside. Stack six cornhusks on top of each other. Tie the six husks together about 1 inch from the top using yarn or twine.

Step 3

Peel the husks down one at a time, starting with the outermost cornhusk and covering the yarn or twine. You should put three cornhusks on each side of the yarn or twine.

Step 4

Tie the husks in place about 1 inch from the top to create the doll's head.

Step 5

Roll the remaining cornhusk into a long cylinder shape. Tie yarn or twine at both ends of the cylinder to create the doll's arms.

Step 6

Unfold the cornhusks of the doll's body and position the arms between the layers of the body, centering the arms. You should have three cornhusk layers on each side of the arms.

Step 7

Tie yarn or twine around the body of the doll just below the arms to create a waist.

Warning

  • Be sure that the waist is tied tightly and that the arms are secured; otherwise, the arms could slide out of the body.

Step 8

Separate the cornhusks evenly to create legs. Tie two pieces of yarn or twine onto each leg. One piece should be near the middle of the leg, and the other piece should be near the end of the leg at the doll's ankle.

Tip

    • Instead of creating legs for the doll, you could alternately leave the cornhusks free so that it looks like the doll is wearing a dress.
    • If no cornhusks are available, you can also create a corncob doll by removing the corn and allowing the cob to dry out.

Step 9

Trim the legs of the doll with scissors.

Step 10

If desired, glue buttons, fabric scraps or ribbon onto the doll to create clothing and facial features. Note that if you are creating a traditional Iroquois doll, the doll should be faceless.

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