Corn Husk Dolls

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By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

Create a fun, harvest themed decoration with this traditional folk-craft.

 

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

To begin, separate the husks, and soak them in warm water for 10-15 minutes, or until pliable.

Remove six corn husks that are similar sized, and blot dry. Lay them one on top of another in a pile, pointed sides up, and flat bottoms lined up together.

Take a piece of raffia, and tie the stack together tightly about 1-inch down from the pointed ends.

Divide the untied ends of the stack in two, three husks on either side.

Gently fold the stacks of three up and back over the top of the pointed ends that you just tied together to enclose them. Turn the stack so the folded edge is at the top, and the untied ends are at the bottom. Take a piece of raffia, and tie around the stack, about 1 inch down from the folded edge – this will be the head.

To form the arms, take one husk, and fold the pointed end inward to make a rectangle.

Roll the husk up along the long edge, and use a piece of raffia to tie the roll 1/4-inch away from each end to form hands.

Separate the husks on the doll so there are three in front, and three in back – insert the arms in the middle of the stack, below the tie for the head, so they are even on both sides.

Use a piece of raffia to tie the bundle of husk around the doll’s body, directly below the arms. If you’re happy with your doll as is, fluff the bottom husks to form a skirt, and let her dry. If you would like the skirt to be fuller, continue below. If you’d rather make pants, carefully cut the skirt portion of the doll up the center through the stack – this makes two legs. Tie the bottom of each leg about 1/4-inch up from the bottom to create feet.

To add layers to the skirt, cut the point off of some husks, and stack them so the edge you just cut is as the doll’s waist, and the wider portion of the husk is covering up the dolls head. Add the same amount of husks to the back, and the front of the doll.

Take another piece of raffia, and tie the new husks on to the body of the doll at the waist.

Fold the new husks down, over the fold, to form the skirt.

Take a long husk, place it behind the doll’s middle, and wrap it around in an “x” shape in the front of the doll.  Tie in place with a piece of raffia around the doll’s middle. Let doll dry.

To make an apron for your doll, cut a rectangle of fabric the height of the doll’s skirt, and as wide as the front of the skirt. Cut ties from strips of fabric, and glue onto the sides of the rectangle.

Drape apron over the front of the skirt.

Tie the apron around the doll’s waist in the back.

To make a bonnet, cut a small rectangle of fabric, fold the edges in to hem them, and glue in place.

Bring two of the opposite corners together, and glue in place to form a bonnet shape.

Glue onto your doll’s head.

 

Add hats, clothes, or other accessories to your doll. Draw a face on your doll, if you desire, with a permanent marker.

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Corn Husk Dolls

  1. Cath

    Sweet! I made these as a kid. They last an amazingly long time. You could extend this craft into Christmas by making ornaments for the tree, also.

  2. Jacqueline M. Anderson

    Hello Michelle!

    What a busy life you have. The ‘CORN HUSK DOLLS’ are something that I have been wanting to make for a
    looong time and now, I have discovered the clearest and concise instructions ever! I hope to learn this
    folk craft and then teach it to children.
    Thank you so much for your time and efforts in planning/presenting your craft projects so PROFESSIONALLY!
    Cordially,
    Mrs. Jacqueline Marcia Anderson

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