ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Make a Corn Husk Doll - An Old Time Craft

Updated on February 3, 2016
| Source

Make Your Own Doll - An Easy Craft for Kids

An easy craft for kids, corn husk dolls are believed to have been made by Native Americans since the beginning of agriculture, more than a thousand years ago. The activity was adopted by the European settlers who carried on the tradition with their children. These dolls delighted our grandmothers and great-grandmothers when they were little girls. They hark back to a time when life was simplier and toys had to made.

Although not quite so pretty or so shapely as those produced from more costly material, they still possess a charm of their own. They generally do not have faces, although sometimes a face is drawn on them. They were much more durable than dolls with joints that could bend and break. The toy could stand up to being hugged enthusiastically and then tossed on the floor. There was no need to worry about damage or breakage from rough play.

Buy Corn Husks in Bulk

Start With Fresh Corn Husks or Buy Them

There are many different methods to make corn husk dolls so go with which ever one is easiest for you. You can use the husks straight from fresh corn, or you can buy them from a craft store. Purchased corn husks are conveniently uniform in size, but will need to be soaked in water to soften them up.

This is a fun craft for kids to make especially when they have to prepare the husks themselves. It makes them feel like they are really part of the construction of the doll and they are more invested in it. Of course getting to eat the corn after shucking it is fun too!

Step by Step Instructions

Step One

Remove the husks from several large ears of corn, and from those select the softest ones which grow closest to the ear. It is important that the husks be soft and maleable otherwise they will crack and break apart.

Place the stiff ends of two husks together, fold in a lengthwise strip, and wind it around the ends as shown in the picture.


Step Two

Then select the widest husk you can find, fold it across the center over a strong piece of string.


Step Three

Draw the string in, and tie it securely.


Step Four

Place this piece entirely over the husks that were wound in Step One, bring them down smoothly and tie with thread underneath to form the head and neck.


Step Five

To make the arms divide the husks below the neck in two equal parts.

Fold together two or more husks and insert them in the opening to form the arms.


Step Six

Hold the arms in place with one hand, while using your other hand fold alternately over each shoulder several layers of husks, allowing them to extend down the front and back. When the doll is plump enough, use your best husks for the topmost layers and wrap the waist with strong thread, tying it securely.


Step Seven

Next divide the husks below the waist and make the legs by neatly wrapping each portion with string, and trim them off evenly at the feet. Finally, twist the arms once or twice, tie with string, and trim them off at the hands. If you want to draw a face, you can use a felt pen.

See a Demonstration

Craft Books

Making Colorful Corn Shuck Dolls
Making Colorful Corn Shuck Dolls

The author, Anne Freels, has been crafting since she was a teenager. She is now a full time artist designing and selling her own designs.


Do You Make Corn Husk Dolls? - Or just leave a note to say you stopped by

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      5 years ago

      I have been making cornhusk dolls since I was 10. I have studied many styles of other artist to determine their method. I would like to know what happened to Jackie Wynn.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)