DIY Corn Husk Flower Child Doll

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:

DIY Corn Husk Dolls

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.

DIY Corn Husk Dolls

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.

DIY Corn Husk Dolls

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.

DIY Corn Husk Dolls

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.

DIY Corn Husk Dolls

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.

DIY Corn Husk Dolls

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!

DIY Corn Husk Dolls

DIY Corn Husk Dolls

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!

DIY Corn Husk Dolls

DIY Corn Husk Dolls

Tie the crown around your doll’s head and she’s all finished!

DIY Corn Husk Dolls

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:

DIY Corn Husk Dolls

Have fun!

DIY Corn Husk Dolls

Photos by Brigette.

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This is adorable!! My mum would make dolls out of Banana Leaves when she was a child! I love making dolls


so adorb! reminds me of making this kind of thing in girl scouts


Oh my goodness, these are absolutely adorable! I’m definitely going to make one of these <3


Firstly, I would like to declare that cultural protection is not an attack, on the author of the Cornhusk doll post or to the Free People company. I only hope to prevent the preservation of stereotypes and offense to other Native American readers. This is a message about the most recent post about cornhusk dolls. It is extremely offensive that your blog has chosen to use the terms “were made” and “way back in the day”. These past tense grammatical phrases educate your readers that Native Americans no longer exist, no longer make cornhusk dolls, and are no longer a… Read more »


Although I see your point and respect your right to discuss your views freely, I don’t believe that Brigette intended to put a negative light on the Native American culture, as she has stated above. From reading her brief post, I did not take away all of the issues mentioned in your post, but rather an appreciation for the culture (which we all know is still alive and well). Rather than thinking that others are attacking you, you might want to look again and see the context through which it is used and understand the other parties’ side before jumping… Read more »


I love making dolls. I use to take flowers and flower buds to make cute dolls in dresses. I am going to make some of these dolls to decorate the house.


wooooooooooow ♥


I love it

will yuo help me with dolls makers


Its okay

Samantha ♥

Definitely worth a try! I really love this idea. You did a lovely job :)


This is so adorable! I need to make a corn husk doll for school and this really helped me thanks!


This is so adorable! I need to make a corn husk doll for school and this really helped me. Thank you!


I love this. I’ve been wanting to make one of these since I first saw this post; today I have the materials & am finally going to make one! :)


Thanks for sharing! My mom would make these way back in the day, too!! We’re from Mexico. I do not take offense. Just made some tamales and I have some leftover husks…glad I found this site!

Dolores Pesterfield

Loved your post.Thank you for sharing. I will definitely try this.

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