.: Corn Husk Dolls that were created while a summer meal of farm-fresh corn was boiling :.
.: Each year we enjoy shucking corn in celebration of summer :.
The corn stand is the drive-up of choice to make our meal of on these summer evenings. Just a bit of butter and salt paired with a side dish of ripe tomatoes and fresh garden Basil makes our bellies very happy!
While the corn boils we take some time to create corn husk dolls.Step One: Gathering Corn Husk
First gather a pile of corn husks. This will be what forms the base of the corn husk doll.
Step Two: Making The Doll's Head & Dress
Fold the pile of corn husk that you gathered completely in half, matching up both ends.
The bottom is now frilled--this is the doll's dress.
Wrap a thin piece of floral wire at the top of the corn husk to create the head of the doll.Step Three: Shaping The Doll's Head
With scissors, define the doll's head by rounding the two upper corners.
Step Four: Creating The Doll's Waist
Tightly wrap a piece of floral wire around where you think the doll's waist should be.
Step Five: Creating The Doll's arms
For this step you will set the 'doll' to the side and gather up another small pile of loose corn husk. This will be used for the doll's arms.
Step Six: Securing The Doll's arms
Fold one end of the husk over, making the tips meet the center.Next fold the other end of the husk over to make the tips meet the center. (Now both ends are meeting up in the middle.)
Secure this in the center with floral wire and now you have what looks like a 'bow-tie' Make sure to leave long ends of the wire 'loose' this is what you will be securing the arms to the body with.
Step Seven: Creating The Doll's Hands
On either side of this bow-tie, wrap a small section with wire to form the doll's hands.Step Eight: Securing the doll's arms to the body
With the 'leftover' wire that is loose in the back, secure this 'bow-tie' looking piece (the arms) to the back of the doll's body by sliding the long wire behind the already secured wire of the waist.
Step Nine: Creating a Dress
Use scissors to snip the dress portion. Make a frayed edge as short or as long as you wish. If you 'fluff' the frayed edge with your hands it will curl slightly when it dries making for a fuller dress.
By making one long snip up the center of the bottom half of the doll you are creating legs or pants.
Now divide the corn husk and wrap a piece of wire around the bottom. One side will create a left foot and the other a right foot.
.: We appreciate making each piece of this vegetable purposeful as a way of showing gratitude for the garden and to the farmers who grow this good seasonal food. :.