Corn-Husk Dolls

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Corn-husk dolls are a lovely project that you can add to any fall or harvest decorations in your home. Or, as it turned out for us, just a fun chance to play with a new material!

If you have fresh corn from the farmers’ market, here’s the perfect opportunity to save the husks and turn them into something new. In a pinch, you can buy corn husks in most grocery stores.

I followed instructions from Barefoot Books’ Kids Garden kit to make the dolls. Actual assembly of a doll is a bit complicated for little hands (although kids aged kindergarten and up can get much more involved), but Travis simply adored exploring this new material while I made our “dolls.”

The husks were great for layering….

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Or his favorite, ripping into strips.

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Meanwhile, to make a doll, tie together three husks for each of the arms, securing with yarn or twine. Trim to desired length.

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Tie together three husks for each leg as well, leaving them long. Line up the tops of all 4 arm and leg segments, and tie them together about 2 inches down, to form the neck and head. Trim off any excess twine. You can draw on a face with marker, if desired.

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Travis decided that the husks he had shredded looked like a nest, so we made an “owl” as well, by gathering together husks and tying off at the neck. Or perhaps it was a Halloween ghost!

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In an impish twist, Travis decided it was much more fun to pull apart all the husks in our doll than to set it outside with our pumpkins. So much for adding to our fall decor! But I loved seeing his delight, which made the project worth it.

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Get creative! What other dolls or animals can you make from the husks? Please share in the comments!

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