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Explore a Native American tradition. These replica dolls bring back a delightful, historic craft.
Find out how Native American and farm children in past generations made dolls from corn husks. Interview grandparents or other elders who might have made or played with these dolls. How were their Corn-Husk Characters dressed?
To make replica corn husks for your own character, cut the seams of a brown paper lunch bag with Crayola® Scissors so it lies flat. Use Crayola Washable Markers to cover the bag with long brown, yellow, and orange lines, all in the same direction, for texture. Cover your work area with newspaper. Blend the marker colors slightly with a damp Crayola Paint Brush. Dry.
Cut the bag into about 12 long and 6 short husks. Trim the ends so they look irregular and natural. Tightly tie one end of the longer husks together with yarn. Turn the tied end over, and pull the yarn ends out. Spread the husks around the tied end, then cover it. Tie yarn tightly around the husks to create your character's head.
Tie the shorter husks near both ends for arms. Spread the husks of the longer piece in two. Insert the arm section, then tie your character at the waist.
Complete your Corn-Husk Character in a way that is authentic to the time and culture of your choice. Cut hair from yarn or construction paper. Tie it to the yarn left at the top of the head. Add clothing, such as an apron, by coloring paper and tying it on. For pants, divide the bottoms of the husks into two equal parts, then tie at the ankles. Use markers to draw a face.
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