Arts & Crafts — Corn Husk Dolls!

September 29th, 2001 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Corn is being harvested at this time of year. North American Native Tribes made dolls from corn husks and passed the tradition along to settlers. The dolls are easy to make and beautiful in their simplicity. I found several websites with instructions for making corn husk dolls – each with a slightly different method.

Recommended Websites:

Chickasaw Nation: Corn Husk Doll

This site offers instructions on how to make corn husk dolls in the tradition of southeastern tribes, including the Chickasaw Nation. When you get to the site, be sure to scroll down to the bottom for a nice illustration of how the dolls will look when completed – they do not have faces. You can read “The Story of the First Corn Husk Doll” at the site that tells why the Creator sent Owl to take back the doll’s face to Sky Country. If this sparks your child’s interest in the Chickasaw Nation, you can click on “Kids Corner” at the very bottom of the page to find more crafts, stories, games, Chickasaw words, and even a virtual tour of the Chickasaw Nation museum.

Corn Husk Dolls

This site offers dolls that look like pioneers, in the tradition of early American or colonial crafts. There is a good photograph of the dolls, along with explicit instructions for how to make them.

How To Make Corn Husk Dolls

This is a teachers’ website and it offers basic instructions with simple, easy-to-follow diagrams for corn husk dolls.

Making corn husk dolls is a wonderful family craft activity – and everyone can personalize their own dolls. The dolls make beautiful decorations at this time of year – although your children will probably prefer to play with them!


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