How To Make A Corn Cob Doll - The Magic Onions

How To Make A Corn Cob Doll

Granny helped Teddy make Kitty a Corn Cob Doll. The boy is now a Little House On The Prairie convert… and Granny too!

We started with some old corn cobs that we had cleaned and set out in the warm Fall sun to dry.

Teddy then used a little saw to cut the cobs to the right size…

Then, he trimmed the edges so that they were nice and rounded.

These are the segments he cut for Kitty’s doll… a small section for the head, a large one for her torso, two segments each for two legs.

I used a permanent marker to mark where he was to drill holes into each segment so that we could connect them with wire.

He LOVED this part of the project.

He drilled holes through each corn cob segment.

Then he threaded wire through the holes.

Don’t you just love his dirty little boy hands?

He twisted the wire pieces together to connect the head to the torso and the legs to the torso.

We cut lengths of rope into threes fro the dolls arms, tied them together with a simple knot.

And braided the rope to make arms.

We measured some pretty fabric for her dress against our corn cob doll and folded it into 4.

Rounded the bottom edges.

And cut a small hole in the top corner for her neck.

With the dress on her, we cut small holes for her arms.

Some hot glue from my gun fastened her corn silk hair.

And a pretty little fabric bow…

Voila!! The prettiest little corn cob doll you ever did see…

Kitty was DELIGHTED! And Teddy was even more so to realize that we can make our own toys. Ha! Thanks Granny… Your sweet doll still sits in pride of place on Kitty’s ‘SPECIALS’ shelf… she say’s she will keep her forever. We miss you more than you can know.

Happy November Friends!
Blessings and magic,

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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. Wow – great job, Teddy!

  2. Hello Donni

    I hope you and your family are well. Autumn is a favorite Season of mine and your ideas are wonderful. As you know Spring is always delightful in Sunny South Africa. My country garden is full of hollyhocks, fox gloves, blue bells and herbs.

    I love your corn doll. Little houe has been our all time favorite series of books. Come harvest time, I often wonder how Ma and Pa felt when they knew those bitterly cold Winters were coming and would they have enough food?

    Stay well Donni…love your harvest garland~

    Warm regards

  3. WOW…

    Great stuff shared. Its a very nice way which you shared here..Its very creative and good thing to share the way to make a cord doll..

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  4. Great step by step photos and I love the finished doll.

  5. He is so sweet making a doll for his sister – gorgeous!

  6. This is such a cute idea! Especially for a school project if the class is learning about life in the 1800’s and how children made dolls out of corn. This is awesome! I love crafts like this.

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