Thrift store treasures…corn husk dolls.


My daughter thinks these dolls are creepy but I have always liked them. I remember making these in grade school, hanging them on Christmas trees, and displaying them for Easter and  Thanksgiving. My favorites were the angels.


There are still corn husk dolls out there so they aren’t that hard to collect if you decide to add some to your farmhouse decor. Corn husk dolls were the dolls the pioneers played with. Those homemade toys from long ago. Native Americans introduced these little treasures to not just their children but the pioneer children as well.


I only have a few that I will display sometimes during the Spring and Christmas holidays. Some of my collections get put away and only get displayed a couple times a year.

Most of these dolls run anywhere from $5 to about $40 from what I have seen online. If you can’t come across any second hand you can always make your own. I have found most of my dolls from thrift store grab bags and church sales. I usually pay anywhere from $2 for a bag of dolls or .50 cents each at church sales.

Writing up this months thrift store treasures made my daughter laugh at the item for this month. My daughter pops in and tells me we need to get out, I have officially lost it. Then she pulls up some clip from The Office for me to watch and tells me “That’s you mom” while pointing to one of the characters from the show. You know the scene where one of the characters wants to teach everyone how to make corn husks dolls.

“ Well I like them.” I remind her

Happy thrifting everyone. Watch the office and make corn husk dolls for laughs and entertainment. We all could use a break.

Tutorial on making your own corn husk dolls.


Or turn this into a homeschooling lesson on the history and stories behind the toys from long ago. Click Here on a corn husk story by the Seneca Native American tribe, it also comes with instruction to print out.



22 Comments Add yours

  1. simplywendi says:

    you are surrounded by so many beautiful treasures! thank you for sharing and I agree, we all need a laugh, and the more frequently, the better.

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    1. Thank you Wendi, I hope you have many laughs today.

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      1. You’re very welcome.

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  2. ourcrossings says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen corn husk dolls or heard about them before. And they are so beautiful, every single one of them. As I’ve been obsessed with Native American culture and traditions for as long as I remember myself, I’m delighted to see that you’ve included a link on the corn husk story. Thanks for sharing, you made my day 😀 😊😊 Sending you lots of virtual hugs from sunny Ireland 😊

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    1. Thank you, you are going to love making these. You can add all kinds of detail to them too. Make them your own unique style. Kids make them here in our state they are so easy to make. I love having little things like this out for the holidays.

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  3. You always find the coolest things for your Thrift Store Collections!

    I actually made some of these back in the 80″s when my parents and I were making country crafts and selling at craft shows. I appreciate you sharing the directions so that I may make some more. 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome Robin, send me a photo when you are done. Anytime I come across these dolls from the past I always grab them. I add some to Christmas packages and give them out to others. They also look cute tucked into a basket of cookies. Just something unique that is no longer around.

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  4. Teacher Camille says:

    Aww, those are really great treasures! Thanks for sharing them, they’re one of a kind and pretty to look at. ❤

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    1. Thank you, so happy you think so. I will have to tell my daughter. Score one point for the dolls.

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  5. Wow! I haven’t seen a corn husk doll in a very long time. My grandmother would collect them. Great article.

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    1. That made me laugh, yeah, they are old. Maybe they will start trending again, they are pretty cheap to make and supplies are easy to come by. My Grandma was the one who collected these dolls too, think that’s why I like them so much.

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  6. This is what I imagined the little dolls that Laura had in Little House in a Prairie looked like.

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    1. I bet she did, I loved that show. I have some rag dolls up north in Our Little Red House but no corn husk dolls up there. These are the Barbie dolls of the pioneers and Native Americans.

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      1. They are really cool!

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  7. I love them, they are sweet looking dolls. Can see why you collect them xo

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    1. I have always liked the simple designs. Plus my grandma used to collect them so maybe they just remind me of her.

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      1. That’s nice about your grandma 🙂
        My dear Grandad (the only adult really interested in me as a child) I think of him whenever I see plants. xo

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      2. That always happens like that, things out in the world remind us of people from our past. My daughter loves the American Flag because her Grandpa was a pilot in the Air force and he always gave her little flags, she actually collected flags from around the world and put them in her room. Now when ever she sees an American flag waving in the air she thinks of her grandpa .

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      3. Ah that’s nice about your daughter and her grandpa.

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