How to Make 3 Different Corn Husk Dolls with Step-by-Step Instructions

Learn how to make 3 corn husk dolls for easy craft ideas and ideal crafts for kids to make, even at a young age.

Once you have made the body from the husks and some twine, the clothes can be made of many designs. As you can see below we have two different corn dolls, one being a Red Indian, and the other a Quaker doll called Mary Jane.

The dried corn silks can be glued in place for the hair, if you want to create a different effect, and the features of the face are painted with water colors or drawn with pen and ink.

How to Make a Corn Doll 1:

Get yourself some husks of several large ears of corn to make your corn husk dolls, and choose the soft, inner husks that are close to the corn. Placing the stiff ends of two husks together, fold a long, soft husk in a lengthwise strip, and wind it around the ends so placed as in Fig. 111.

starting a corn dollSelect the softest and widest husk you can find, corn husk dolliesfold it across the center and place a piece of strong thread through it (as in Fig. 112), draw it in, tie it securely (Fig. 113), place it entirely over the husks you have wound, then bring it down smoothly
and tie with thread underneath (Fig. 1 14).

This this now forms the head and neck. To make the arms, for your corn husk dolls, divide the husks below the neck in two equal parts. Fold together two or more husks and insert them in the division (Fig. 115).

Hold the arms in place with one hand, while with the other you fold alternately over each shoulder several layers of husks, allowing them to extend down the front and back. When the little form seems plump enough, use your best husks for the topmost layers and wrap the waist with strong thread, tying it securely (Fig. 116).

Next divide the corn husks below the waist and make the legs by neatly wrapping each portion with thread, trimming them off evenly at the feet.

Finally, twist the arms once or twice, tie, and trim them off at the hands. The features can be drawn on the face with pen and ink. Fig. 117 shows the corn doll complete, minus its costume, which may be of almost any style or material, from the pretty robe of a lady to the exotic dress of the Red Indian.

corn dolls tiedcorn husk dolls head finishedcorn husk dolls and putting in the arms

corn dolly with head, arms and bodycorn-dolly-finished

Corn Husk Dolls 2 : A Red Indian

The corn husk doll is represented in full Indian costume in Fig. 118. The war-paint and tomahawk are not necessary here, as he is smoking a pipe of peace. His apparel is composed of one garment, which is cut from a broad, soft corn-husk, after the pattern given in Fig. 119.

A narrow strip of husk tied about his waist forms the belt. His headdress is made of small chicken feathers stuck at regular intervals into a strip of husk. The corn-silk hair is
placed on his head, and on top of that one end of the headdress is fastened with a thorn.
A small twig is used for the stem of his pipe, and two rosebush thorns form the bowl. Instead of using a thorn for his mouth, a round hole is punched in the face and the stem of the pipe inserted.

red indian corn husk dolls

Red Indian Corn Husk Doll

Corn Husk Dolls 3: Mary Jane

Here is another way of making a corn doll which is very easy and simple. First find a young ear of corn, one on which the silk has not turned brown; then with a crab-apple for a head and a leaf of the corn to dress her with, you have your material.

Cut off squarely that end of the ear where the corn husks are puckered, to join the stalk, and carefully take the silk from the other end, disturbing as little as possible the closely wrapped husks.

Roll part of the leaf (as indicated in Fig. 120) for the arms, then with a small twig fasten the head to the arms ; stick the other end of the twig into the small end of the corn-cob, and the doll is ready for dressing. Her bonnet is made of the leaf just where it joins the stalk (Fig. 1 21), and is fastened to her head with a thorn. Before adjusting the bonnet, however, the silk must be placed on the head to form the hair.

Make the scarf of part of the leaf (Fig. 122), fold it around the shoulders, and secure it with thorns. The features also are made of thorns. When her dress is complete, you can see that this rosy-cheeked little maid, peeping from beneath her poke bonnet, is very sweet indeed.

Mary Jane Corn Husk Doll
Mary Jane Corn Husk Doll