By Shannon Phillips
Time it takes
About an hour (not including drying time)
• Husks and silk from three dried cobs of corn
1. Cut off the cob and remove the husks and the silks (or corn ‘hair’—the hairy fibres that protrude from the end of the husks) from the stem.
2. Bundle the thin end of the leaves around the corn ‘hair,’ and tie tightly with string.
3. Peel back the leaves so that you can see the hair. Tie another piece of string, about an inch below the hairline, to create the doll’s head.
4. Cut or break one 6"-long leaf into three thinner strands. Braid these and secure both ends with string. This will be the doll’s arms. 5. Repeat step 4 twice more to create the doll’s legs.
6. Insert the arms horizontally under the doll’s neck, between the leaves. 7. Roll up a leaf and insert it below the arms to create a tummy for the doll. Secure with string below the belly.
8. Attach one end of each leg to the other with string. Secure to the doll by placing them under the belly and tying two leaves together from the front to back. Trim excess.
9. Wrap a strip of a leaf below the belly and around the top of the legs to create thighs. Tie the ends to secure.