We had fresh corn on the cob and I thought it would be cool to make dolls out of the left over corn husks. We did this project when I was 9 or 10 and I remember the dolls turning out so very cute.
My friend, Becky is visiting so we thought we’d take on the project together, looked up some directions, and got started.
I found instructions to make a simple girl doll that looks like one of these:
It didn’t take me long to begin wondering how on earth adults expected 9 and 10 year old girls to create such dolls. There must have been a crafty mom in my Girl Scout troop because the dolls I remember sitting on my mom’s window sill were much more perfect looking than what Becky and I came up with…
When we followed the directions both of our dolls turned out looking like the small one. Becky finished hers up and the doll is sturdy and cute, just way smaller than we expected. I think her doll would make a very adorable Christmas ornament.
I don’t have as nice a things to say about my corn husk doll, however. I was desperate to give you some kind of Christmas project to ooh and awe at. Adding piece by piece, twisting, tying, etc… I worked hard to transform my mini doll into the bell of the ball. And while mine might look nice and big, she falls apart every time I move her. And her head is a bit on the shrunken side.
It’s very sad.
While I wouldn’t call our dolls epic fails, they definitely didn’t turn out like the dolls in the first picture. I was hoping to be able to color her dress red with a sharpie or something, make little earmuffs and other warm things for her, and have her holding a page like she was caroling.
I am going to be honest and say that I just don’t think that’s going to happen.
I won’t be posting directions on how to make one because I’m just not sure you should be wasting 30 minutes of your precious time on a doll that is self concious about her abnormal head size and may or may not fall apart if you look at her cross eyed.
However, if you feel so inclined there are instructions for making corn husk dolls here. You’ll likely have better luck than Becky and I did.
My original idea was making stockings. Not out of corn husks though.
I think this is what I’m going to try to accomplish this week.
I’ll take pictures.