Project #18: How To Make A Corn Husk Doll
and an Avocado Skin Cradle
Time: 60 minutes
Difficulty: Careful fingers required
My friend Collette is an artist who inspires me regularly. We’ve never met in person, but we share a love for all things nature and crafty, and I simply LOVE her books. They are everything a crafty book should be. Colourful, sweet, and filled with divine ideas. When I thought about writing and creating 30 days of Nature Crafts, I couldn’t resist asking Collette if she would please contribute one of her glorious ideas too. And luckily for me, and for you, she has! This How To Make A Corn Husk Doll and Avocado Shell Cradle craft of hers is super dooper. It is so simple yet I NEVER would have thought of it. And isn’t the corn husk doll just the sweetest thing? Clever little thing she is, my friend.
Read on for Collette’s instructions…
This is not intended to be a lasting toy but instead is for those occasions such as a picnic or camping trip when no toys are at hand and you feel your child needs an added impetus to get them started on creative play.
1. Take a ripe avocado and cut the skin of it width ways at the thick end about a third of the way in from the end. Only cut the top half. Do the same length ways, half way up the avocado, from the first cut you made right down to the narrow end and around and up the other side joining up again with the first cut you made.
2. Peel the skin away which will leave just over a quarter of the green flesh of the avocado exposed.
3. Gently remove all the flesh (setting it aside for eating) and the stone with a teaspoon. Scrape the inside of the avocado as clean as possible without damaging the skin. You now have your avocado cradle.
4. In the bottom of your cradle place moss for a mattress. You could also use hay, cut up grass, lichen, or anything soft which is to hand. Even sand would do.
Corn Husk Doll
5. To make the baby find a round stone, seed pod or nut for the head. For the wrapping you need the outer leaves of a corn cob, or some other large soft leaves depending on what is to hand. Or if there are sheep grazing nearby you might be able to find fleece where they have rubbed themselves on a wire fence.
6. Fold the leaf in half lengthwise over the stone and tie a long thin strip of leaf around the neck. Secure with a knot at the back. You will have a long piece hanging down from the head at the back and front. Fold this under at the bottom to make the body about the right length (approximately two times as long as the head.) Be careful not to make the baby too long for the cradle.
7. Now wrap long strips of leaf over the baby’s head and around the body as if you were swaddling an infant. To secure these at the end you may need to tie a strip of leaf around the middle of the body and knot it at the back.
8. Place your baby in the cradle and find a suitable blanket to cover it with. This could be a leaf, large petal, some lichen, flexible tree bark or whatever is to hand.
Sleep, little baby. Sleep.
Collette can be found on Facebook.
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It is my favourite!