Seasonal Crafts: Cornhusk Doll

Decorate Your Home This Autumn!

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.


Illustration by Margo Letourneau