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Make Corn Husk Dolls!

August 25, 2010

Sweet corn, whether it’s from your Three Sister’s Garden or from a local farm stand, is the quintessential summer food!  But don’t throw away those corn stalks!  They can be used to make Corn Husk Dolls.  These dolls were made by many Native Americans and are a fun craft for children. 

The website Native American Life Living Art gives easy, illustrated instructions on how to create the dolls. 

Additionally, I have used instructions included in the book Native American Gardening by Michael Caduto and Joseph Bruchac.

You can get very creative with decorating your corn husk dolls, adding corn silk hair, craft hats, bows and flowers and other adornments.  I have even dyed the corn stalks with natural dyes from sumac, grapes and black walnut hulls.  Unfortunately, I do not have any photos of the corn husk dolls that I have made.  Send in photos of your completed corn husk dolls and I will post them here for others to see!  E-mail your submissions to jjones@phipps.conservatory.org, with the name and age of the artist along with where you are from.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Martha permalink
    August 26, 2010 10:33 am

    Another fun activity kids love is growing a TickleMe Plant! If you haven’t heard the TickleMe Plant is the crazy fun house plant that MOVES its leaves and lowers its branches when Tickled!
    Don’t believe it? Just search TickleMe Plant to order a greenhouse to grow it in. If you can find a buy one get one free then go for it even faster.
    See the video
    and pass it on. It is the one plant that every parent must grow with their kids. Growing a TickleMe Plant and playing with the leaves is much more fun then growing a lima bean!

    • September 3, 2010 1:11 pm

      Hi Martha! Thanks for mentioning the TickleMe Plant! That’s such a wonderful way to get kids excited about plants! The TickleMe Plant is also known as Sensitive Plant (Mimosa pudica) and can be found at Phipps Conservatory in the Tropical Forest exhibit as well as in our outdoor garden for children, the Discovery Garden! Visit soon!

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