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Easy Indoor Crafts for Kids


Cornelia the Corn Husk Bookmark
Cornelia the Corn Husk Bookmark will save your spot.
Cornelia the Corn Husk Bookmark will save your spot.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Cornelia the corn husk bookmark is an indoor craft that will mark your page with charm, grace, and a friendly smile! Kids will never lose their place in a book again with this kids' craft.

What You'll Need:

  • Dry corn husks (dried from corn on the cob or purchased from a Mexican grocery store)
  • Wooden bead or ball of clay, 1/2 inch around
  • 2 wire twist ties
  • Colored embroidery thread
  • Small flowers
  • Bowl
  • Scissors
  • 3 books (2 about 1/2-inch thick and 1 heavy book)
  • Paper towels
  • Colored marking pens
  • Knitting needle or pencil
  • Tacky glue

How to Make Cornelia the Corn Husk Bookmark:

Step 1: Soak two corn husks in warm water for about 1/2 hour or until they are soft and bendable.

Soak two corn husks in warm water.
Soak two corn husks in warm water.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Step 2: Place the bead on the back side of a damp corn husk, about three inches from the top. Fold the corn husk over and around the bead, making a small, round head. Wrap a wire twist tie tightly around the neck, just under the bead.

Wrap a twist tie around the neck, under the bead.
Wrap a twist tie around the neck, under the bead.
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Step 3: Tear off a strip of the second corn husk, about two inches wide. Loosely roll this strip to make arms. Make two small holes in the corn husk beneath the head. Stick the arms through these holes.

Stick the arms through two holes in the corn husk.
Stick the arms through two holes in the corn husk.
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Step 4: Wrap a second twist tie tightly under the arms, folding the corn husk so the back leaf tucks into the skirt as you create the waist.

Wrap the second twist tie under the arms.
Wrap the second twist tie under the arms.
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Step 5: Place a paper towel on the first book. Set the skirt of the corn husk doll on top of the towel, with her arms and head sticking over the edge. Place another paper towel and the second thin book on top of the corn husk skirt, pressing it flat.

Set the skirt of the corn husk doll on top of the first book.
Set the skirt of the corn husk doll on top of the first book.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Step 6: Place a paper towel on the second book and bend the doll's arms onto it, crossed at the wrist. The corn husk arms might be very long at this point, but you'll trim them later. Put a final paper towel on top of the arms, then place the heaviest book on top.

Bend the doll arms onto the second book.
Bend the doll arms onto the second book.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Step 7: Several days later, when your corn husk doll has dried completely, take her out and trim the arms and the bottom of the skirt with scissors. Undo the wire twist ties and rewrap the neck and waist with colored embroidery thread. Use marking pens to draw a face and decorations on her skirt.

Wrap the neck and waist with embroidery thread.
Wrap the neck and waist with embroidery thread.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Step 8: To make curly hair, wet embroidery thread and wrap around a knitting needle or pencil. Secure the ends with masking tape and let thread dry overnight. Cut curls into sections and glue them to the doll's head. Then, glue the flowers to the doll's hands.

Cut the curls and glue them to the doll head.
Cut the curls and glue them to the doll head.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

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