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Back-to-School Crafts

Harvest Corn Doll

Make a traditional Harvest Corn Doll.
Make a traditional Harvest Corn Doll.

Harvest Corn Dolls have been traditional autumn ornaments in England for hundreds of years. Introduce the tradition to your family by making one.

What You'll Need:

  • Cornhusks
  • Bowl of water
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Permanent marker
  • Glue
  • Fabric scraps (optional)

Make a cornhusk doll for decoration or for play. These dolls were first made in England to celebrate harvest time.


Step 1: To make your own cornhusk doll, carefully peel the husks off 2 ears of corn.

Step 2: Place the husks in a bowl of water, and soak them until they soften.

Step 3: Remove them from the water, but allow them to remain damp.

Step 4: Start to make your doll by rolling a cornhusk into a ball for the doll's head.

Step 5: Layer 4 more cornhusks, and fold them over the head.

Step 6: Tie a piece of yarn under the head.

Step 7: Layer 2 more cornhusks, and roll them together lengthwise. Slip these under the head to create arms.

Step 8: Tie yarn at each end to make hands.

Step 9: Tie another piece of yarn under the arms to secure them in place and to make the doll's waist.

Step 10: Cut the ends of the husks hanging below the doll's waist to make legs.

Step 11: Tie yarn near the bottom of each leg to make feet.

Step 12: When the husks are dry, draw a face on the doll using a permanent marker. Be sure the husks are dry -- otherwise the markers might bleed.

Step 13: Make hair for your doll with yarn, and glue it on.

Step 14: Keep the doll natural in his or her cornhusk clothing, or create a more decorative outfit by cutting out scraps of fabric and gluing them on the doll.

For another creative fall project, see the next page to learn how to make printed harvest placemats.

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