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How to Make Corn Husk Dolls (and Other Corn Husk Craft Ideas)

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What Can You Make With Corn Husks?

Did you know you can make dolls out of corn husks?

Corn and corn husks are both classic décor options for the entire fall/autumn season. While there are many simple methods for using them as decorations, you can also get more creative with your husks. All of the projects here are inexpensive and relatively easy to put together in a single day's time. Have fun crafting with your kids, put together a girls' craft day with your friends, or dive into a project on your own. Happy creating!

Corn Husk Craft Ideas

  • Dolls
  • Wreaths
  • Candle votives
  • Flowers
  • Pumpkins
  • Trees
  • Garlands

Corn Husk Dolls: General Projects

There are numerous tutorials for corn husk dolls. I have included just a small handful of them here. Once you get comfortable with the basic skill set, you'll be able to customize them any way that you like. There are a number of common themes for the dolls, particularly seasonal and holiday themes. I have included specific resources for angel and witch corn husk dolls, but don't feel limited to these ideas.

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Are you looking for a unique angel decoration for Christmas? Save your corn husks during the fall so you'll be ready to put this corn husk angel together right after Thanksgiving. If you have an angel collection that you keep up year-round in your home, this will be a perfect addition.


If you've been looking through the other corn husk doll tutorials already and have been thinking about the witch idea, you probably already have a pretty good idea of how you'll put one together. However, this tutorial does detail how to make witch hair, a hat, and a broom, which is very helpful.


If you have been eying the many wreath ideas on Pinterest the past year but haven't jumped on one yet, this is the perfect opportunity. Most corn husk wreaths are inexpensive and simple to assemble. Although they may not hold up for many years, they don't require too much effort so you can easily make another one if needed. Have you been admiring colored corn husk wreaths? Consider using Liquid Rit Dye to achieve this effect.

You can transform these simple corn husks into beautiful flowers.

You can transform these simple corn husks into beautiful flowers.


Instead of making flowers out of paper, why not opt for corn husk flowers? Add them to a simple vase for beautiful décor for a simple vase that will last all season. The next time you host a baby shower, wedding shower, or another special occasion during the fall, consider using corn husk flowers for table centerpieces. They are also an ideal option for wedding receptions.


Pumpkins are a natural seasonal choice for corn husk crafts. As they are inexpensive and don't store particularly well, don't worry about keeping this décor from year to year. These corn husk pumpkins will be a cheery addition to a display with acorns, walnuts, and pine cones.


I only found one tutorial for this idea, but I had to include it here because it is so cute. I love large Christmas trees as much as the next person, but I am also a sucker for smaller, decorative trees like this dyed corn husk Christmas tree. Pick a different miniature tree tutorial or two each year to keep building your collection over time.


A garland can create a large seasonal presence in a room without a lot of work. Pair the husks with multiple varieties of corn or let the husks shine on their own. If you've enjoyed making corn husk flowers or have started to create corn husk pom-poms and aren't sure what to do with all of them, consider creating a corn husk garland with them.


Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 17, 2013:

That's awesome, Aplethora. :) I hope that your daughter enjoys making them.

Angie Power from North Cali on May 17, 2013:

I forgot all about Corn Husk DOlls! Oh my gosh I used to make them as a child at fairs and things. Thank you for reminding me of them, I will make some with my daughter this summer! She will love them.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 15, 2013:

That's great, kittythedreamer!

Kitty Fields from Summerland on January 15, 2013:

Love this hub...and I love corn husk dolls. They are a tradition in my faith. Blessings!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 31, 2012:

That's awesome, starstream. :) Thanks for the tip!

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on December 31, 2012:

I made corn husk dolls about ten years ago. They were fun and easy to do. Just be sure the husks are completely dry. I made two dolls and they made a cute couple. Easy and fun... enjoy!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 31, 2012:

Yes, there are an amazing number of possibilities for corn husks! You'll have to start a new craft trend in that area. :)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 31, 2012:

I didn't know there are so many uses for corn husks! I especially like the corn husk trees and flowers. There's an abundance of corn husks in Peru and yet I've never seen crafts done with them. These are great ideas I can share with my friends. Thanks!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 27, 2012:

Thanks! That's great. Corn husks are perfect for flowers.

Jamie Brock from Texas on November 27, 2012:

I have never thought of corn husks as a craft material but it's an AWESOME idea!! Thank you for sharing this... the wheels are turning.. I'm picturing some pretty flowers, etc.. :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 27, 2012:

Haha all right, sounds good! Thanks!

CassyLu1981 from Wilmington, NC on November 27, 2012:

I added a link to your hub in one I just finished (kinda funny how I was able to connect with this hub LOL) Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, Fayetteville, NC :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 26, 2012:

Aw, sorry to hear that! I haven't attempted this one myself so I'm not the best to give advice.

CassyLu1981 from Wilmington, NC on November 26, 2012:

I have seen these made and thought to myself that I could do them. So I tried, and failed LOL I think I'll leave this one to the pros :) Great hub :) Voted up and shared!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 25, 2012:

Haha nope, no voodoo dolls here. No worries. I'm glad that you still enjoyed this.

Felix J Hernandez from All over the USA on November 25, 2012:

This was awesome ad a bit funny. I like the idea. First thing I thought was voodoo doll. lol, sorry.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 24, 2012:

Thanks, Dianna! You're right that there are so many ways to make corn husk dolls unique.

Dianna Mendez on November 24, 2012:

I have seen these dolls before, I didn't realize they could be even more unique. You certainly have posted a creative way to use ordinary husks. I love the angel doll.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 24, 2012:

Thanks, Written Up! That's great.

Written Up from Oklahoma City, OK on November 24, 2012:

How fun! I'll keep this in mind this summer when roasting fesh corn.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 24, 2012:

Thanks, eHealer! I always have list going with craft article ideas so that I can write them down as I think of them. I don't make corn husk crafts, but I do sell some of the crafts that I make.

Thanks much, Crystal!

Thanks, Adrienne! That's great. You'll have to give the dolls a try sometime.

Fierce Manson from Atlanta on November 24, 2012:

Very nice craft idea, I have never tried making a corn husk doll. They are very beautiful, I love all types of arts & crafts. I have book marked, and voted up! Thanks for sharing.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on November 24, 2012:

These are so exquisite. A very informative hub.Voted up and sharing.

Deborah from Las Vegas on November 24, 2012:

How beautiful Random, I love the braids! Your are so creative, how do you think of these things? Do you sell them? I know a lot of people that would just love them. Voted up and Awesome!