Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Don't Throw Out Those Corn Husks - Make Dolls!

We had an influx of corn a few weeks back. I went ahead and looked up a tutorial for it. Here's a picture play by play....

Note: If you use green husks like I did instead of drying them first then the doll will shrink when it dries. To use dry husks just soak them for a bit first until they're flexible.

1. Husk your corn, saving the ears & husks and throwing out or composting the silk.

2. Take 4 corn husks and arrange them as shown.
(The original tut has a good pic for this one.)

3. Tie the straight edges tightly with some twine and trim in a semicircle.

4. Turn upside down and pull the husks down to form the head.

5. Tie up the head (that semicircle you cut) with your twine.

6. Flatten another husk and roll it lengthwise. Tie off both ends to make your arms.

7. Stick the arms inside your doll below the head and tie again lower to make your waist.

8. Drape two more husks across the doll in a X to form the shoulders and tie at the waist.

9. Take about 4-5 husks and trim them. Form them around the waist and tie off to make your skirt.

10. Enjoy your new corn husk doll! ^^

We made a girl doll this time but if you'd like you can go ahead and check out that tutorial for guy doll instructions and personalization tips.


  1. How cool. I am so into pioneer stuff, and this fits right in!

  2. Those look so cute! We'll probably have quite a bit of corn soon too, so I'm bookmarking this to try... thanks!!

  3. Oh I love this!!! I might have to raid the corn patch next door, hehehe!

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. We will make these little beauties for SURE! Thanks so much for sharing on Friday's Nature Table today,
    Blessings and magic.

  5. Wow, well, I'm certainly glad to be of service! ^^