Poinsettia & Bird
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Here are more Corn Husk Dolls created this morning! I use a 1 1/4 inch wooden ball for the head. I drill a hole large enough for a long wooden meat skewer to fit in and use a little hot glue to keep it tight. Next I soak corn husks in warm water to soften them. While they are soaking I use pruning shears to cut the bottom of the skewer so it doesn't show under the corn husk skirt. The piece I cut off is hot glued to the skewer for arms leaving room for a neck. I then dry the corn husks & trim to length with pinking shears. I attach the husks around the skewer with raffia. You can use either fabric or corn husk to make the apron in which a slit is cut and pulled over the head. I use raffia to belt the fabric. I then make a square of fabric & fold it in a triangle and attach it with a couple dabs of glue to the head. You can see that I sometimes add bangs and braids using the raffia or corn silk. I like to individualize the dolls by adding embellishments such as brooms or small found objects to the arms, apron etc.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
I have been busy today making Corn Husk Dolls for an upcoming Craft Show. The dolls can be placed at each table setting as a decoration & gift for Thanksgiving. A yogurt cup or short glass is used underneath to keep them upright. They also look great on a wreath or with cuttings from the garden tucked under the skirt and hung on the door as a swag.