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

Updated on August 22, 2016
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What you can make with corn husks?

Corn Husk Crafts
dolls
wreaths
candle votives
flowers
pumpkins
trees
garlands

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!

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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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Corn Husk Dolls: Angels

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 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.

Making Corn Husk Dolls

Corn Husk Dolls: Witches

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 how you'll put one together. However, the tutorial below does detail how to make witch hair, a hat, and a broom, which is very helpful.

How to make a corn husk wreath

Corn Husk Wreaths

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.

Corn Husk Votives

Dress up simple candle votives with corn husks. Votives make a wonderful component for a holiday centerpiece or seasonal décor display. You can find inexpensive votives at dollar stores, big box stores, and online. Look for bulk deals through sites such as Oriental Trading.

You can transform these simple corn husks into beautiful flowers.
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Corn Husk Flowers

Instead of making flowers out of paper, why not opt for corn husks? 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 other special occasion during the fall, consider using corn husk flowers for table centerpieces. They are also an ideal option for wedding receptions.

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Corn Husk Pumpkins

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. They'll be a cheery addition to a display with acorns, walnuts, and pine cones.

Thanksgiving Crafts: How To Make a Cornucopia Centerpiece with Corn Husks

Corn Husk Trees

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. Pick a different miniature tree tutorial or two each year to keep building your collection over time.

Corn Husk Garlands

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 garland with them.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

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      AngPow 4 years ago from North Cali

      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.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, kittythedreamer!

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      Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

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

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

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      Dreamer at heart 4 years ago from Northern California

      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!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      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!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      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.. :)

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Haha all right, sounds good! Thanks!

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      CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      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 :)

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

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      CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      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!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

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      Felix J Hernandez 4 years ago from All over the USA

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

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      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.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Written Up! That's great.

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      Written Up 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

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

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      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.

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      Adrienne F Manson 4 years ago from Atlanta

      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.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      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!