I didn’t play with a ton of dolls when I was younger but I do have a pretty vivid memory of playing with a corn husk doll that I made at school. I wasn’t very attached to it, and I’m sure she found a place in the trash can not longer after I brought her home, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the simplicity of a good corn husk doll today.
Call me old fashioned, but the idea of Lyla playing with simple, handmade toys like these makes me all kinds of giddy. I love being able to create things for her that bring her joy which is why I added it to our fall bucket list.
There just happened to be 8 ears of corn in the produce box that we picked up at the Farmer’s Market last week so I set them aside while I cooked dinner and quickly got to doll making!
To make a corn husk doll you need: green corn husks, string and a pair of scissors. That’s it!
 Start with 4-5 fresh corn husks. Lay them flat on top of each other and tie together with small piece of string.
 Flip upside down and pull each husk down.
 Using another piece of string, tie a piece around the top of the husks to form the head.
 Grab another husk, lay flat and roll tightly to form the arms. Secure each end with string.
 Place the arms between the long “body” husks, just below the neck. Secure with piece of string to form the waist.
 Take another husk and cut in half. Drape pieces over the body in a criss-cross pattern to form the shoulders and secure with string.
 Take a few more long husks and gather around body to form the skirt. I tied this part with baker’s twine to add a little color ’cause my doll is fancy 😉
You could easily turn these into “boy” dolls by gathering half of the long skirt husks and tying them together at the end to form feet. I left my doll out to dry for a few days before giving it to Lyla to play with and ended up having to tighten up some of the string since the husks shrink when drying.
Now that we have started crossing things off of our list, I am in full on fall mode. This week I’ve teamed up with Jenna from A Savory Feast as well as some other awesome bloggers to share our favorite posts about fall and to give you a chance to win some cool prizes. The giveaway ends tomorrow so make sure to get your entries in today!
Happy crafting 🙂
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