Corn husk dolls were made by Native Americans way back in the day, as a way for little girls to have a friend they could take with them everywhere. After making one today, I can’t believe I ever stopped playing with dolls – they are SO much fun.
What you need:
Dried corn husks or tamale wrappers (you can find them in the international section at your supermarket)
Pipe cleaners (I got mine at A.C. Moore)
Twine or string
Little fake flowers
A hot glue gun
What you do:
First, soak your husks in warm water for about ten minutes. This will soften them up, allowing them to be pliable. Blot them dry.
Take about 20 pieces of twine or string (10 inches long each), and tie them into a knot at the end. This will be your doll’s head! I tied mine twice just to make it a tad bigger.
Take 2 corn husk layers and place them underneath your string, with the knot at the bottom. Place 2 more layers on top and then tie a piece of twine above your knot.
Peel the husk layers down, revealing the doll’s hair. Tie a piece of string beneath the large knot, creating a neck. Place this aside.
Time for the arms and legs! Take three corn husk layers and roll each one up, lengthwise, with a pipe cleaner in the middle of one. Tie together at one end with a piece of twine. Then braid the pieces together and secure with twine on the other end. Trim your pipe cleaner if it’s too long. This one braid will act as both arms. Repeat this step two more times, once for each leg. You don’t need to include a pipe cleaner for the legs unless you’d like them to be posable.
Open up the front flap of the first piece you made and position arms and legs in place. Close the flap and secure everything in place by tying a string around the doll’s waist. Wrap the string around a few times to make sure it’s secure!
Now for the flower crown! Cut a piece of string about 5 inches long. Cover with tiny flowers, using hot glue. Leave an inch of space on either end so that you can tie it around your doll’s head!
Tie the crown around your doll’s head and she’s all finished!
The best part about corn husk dolls is that you can play with their hair! I even did a little fishtail braid on mine. :) I love how she looks like she’s jumping for joy and throwing flowers in the air here:
Photos by Brigette.
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