Saturday, November 1, 2008

Corn Husk Dolls are FUN to Make!

I did a bit of googling, took our saved popcorn husks and made my first corn husk doll! It's not perfect...but not bad for a first try. You can make a traditional corn husk doll very, very easily!!

First, you soak the corn husks in water to soften them and make them pliable.
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All you need is soaked corn husks, string to tie and scissors. I'm using yarn so it's easier for you to see. OK, reality, I can't find the string, and the yarn was right there. Hee hee.
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Once they are soft, select four individual husks that are about the same size. I'm using the icky looking ones since this is my first try. Trim off the hard part where the husk was attached to the corn stalk, or stem, or whatever that's called.
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Tie the thicker ends (the ends you just trimmed) together. Tie it snugly.
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Flip the whole thing (two to one side, two to the other side)to cover the part you just tied. This will become the head.
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Tie under the 'lump'. That's the neck - it's already starting to come together!!
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Trim the string pieces close, and separate the husks - two to one side, two to the other.
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Take another husk to make the arms. Roll it, and tie both ends, trim them. It will look like this:
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Slip the 'arms' in that space you made when you separated the husks into two pieces, like this:
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Bring down the two pieces and gather them...tie them, and now you have a waist. And arms! Woot!
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Now you have a corn husk doll that needs to be trimmed at the base. Once you do that, you have a 'girl' in a dress.
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Gather up (or gently tear) some narrow strips from yet another corn husk. You'll use these to cover the string ties.
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Since I used dark brown yarn, you can still sorta see it, but if you used string, the husk would cover it just fine!
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Taaa daaaa!
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For a boy, separate (gently tear as needed) the 'skirt' into legs. Tie them, cover the ties with narrow corn husk pieces, and you have a boy!
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5 comments:

jsangel said...

That is so neat! It seems so easy. Thank you for sharing your craft-ability!
mandy

HisEllieMae said...

Very, very cute, indeed! Did Kitten make her own husk dolls? I envision her making the Papa, Mama and the Baby Girl. Heehee!

tenthingsfarm said...

Thank you for your kind words, ladies! Kitten was interested for about ten seconds, then off to play with something else. The only one we've made so far was that first one.

However, I'm planning to make several and string them (think paper dolls) along a strip of calico, alternating boys and girls. I think it would be awfully cute!

homeschoolmom4 said...

How fun! And cute! Great job!

Gill - That British Woman said...

that is so cute.........

Gill in Canada

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