Seasonal Crafts: Cornhusk Doll

Decorate Your Home This Autumn!

September 26, 2019
Cornhusk Doll
Margo Letourneau

In the Colonial Era, people painted faces on cornhusk dolls and made them into toys. Here’s how to make your own!

Make a Corn Husk Doll

  • Save some fine-grained inner cornhusks and store them in a dry place.
  • Soak dried husks in warm water to make them easier to handle.
  • If you want, dye them with regular fabric dyes (they pick up the color, but slowly).
  • For the head, make a ball out of a cornhusk, fold two husks over the ball, and tie off for the neck with cotton string or heavy thread.
  • Make arms by rolling husks into a tight tube or braiding three husks together, then put the piece through the middle of the doll.
  • Make a dress by folding husks over each shoulder and crossing them at waist level.
  • Tie the waist with string and cover with a narrow cornhusk.
  • Trim the skirt so she can stand up.
  • Glue on corn silk for hair, and make a bonnet out of a husk.

cornhusk doll
Illustration by Margo Letourneau

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Corn husk doll.

Like crafts of long ago and want to try this doll. Wondering if the husks bought in a craft store would work as well, if I soak them?

its a wonderful idea of

its a wonderful idea of activity . i would love to do it with my year 4 kids at school.