How to Dry Corn Husk Dolls

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If you want to create a corn husk doll, the first step should be washing and drying its husks – an easy task that can be completed at home.

Begin by removing any corn silk or dirt from the husks, discarding those that have black or mold stains, and submerging the remaining ones in warm water for thirty minutes to soften them up.


Corn husks can be sun-dried to make them flexible for use, often sold at ethnic markets and stores for making traditional tamales. You may also grow your own corn in your field or on your back porch to save both money and waste by growing fresh husks from seed instead of buying pre-dried ones from stores. When looking for fresh husks to use in making traditional tamales, look for those with bright green colors with tightly curled edges – any that curl away from their ears are typically avoided while also looking out for golden-brown tassels hanging off of each ear tassels as these make great ingredients!

Dry the husks by spreading them out on newspaper and placing them outside for several days until they turn white with bleaching, or alternatively place them in an oven set at low heat and let it run continuously; although this takes a little longer it is an eco-friendly and safe method of doing this – just make sure they come inside at night to prevent overheating or scalding!

When using corn husks, make sure they’re flexible and mold-free. If they aren’t, soak them in hot water for 30 minutes to loosen them up or you could also try using a heat-drying oven, which works particularly well in humid climates; this process typically takes one or more weeks.

Once the husks have been dried, you can use them for various applications including papermaking or basketry. They may even be used to line a steamer for traditional tamale making! To protect their long-term use and protect from bugs or molds, shellac can also help preserve these useful resources.

Doll crafting with dried husks is another use for these materials, and can be found at Native American Technology and Art website. Soaking first will soften them for easier folding and assembly; once soaked, cut strips from each husk so it is easier to fold and attach.


Corn husks are an affordable (often free) craft material that can be used for various projects. While commonly employed for food preparation such as wrapping tamales, they’re also handy as crafting material, used in doll making or fall decorations. When properly dried they last a long time without mold or mildew growth being an issue – one popular method being baking them in an oven; although this fast and efficient solution doesn’t always achieve desired consistency!

To prepare corn husks for baking, first rinse each one to remove any dirt or debris, and soak in warm water for 30 minutes to help make them more flexible and less likely to tear when working with them. When finished soaking, gently shake off any excess water before patting dry with a towel.

Once the husks have been cleaned and dried, place them in an open cardboard box so that the husks do not touch each other and can breathe. Leave this box out in direct sunlight for several days or weeks; periodically checking on them to make sure that they’re drying evenly without developing mold growth.

Dehydrator ovens can also be used to quickly dry husks. While this method can be more convenient than sun-drying, keep in mind that full drying may take four to eight hours in this instance. Checking periodically and moving them around can prevent burning or uneven colors in your husks from developing during this process.

Once your husks have been heated to dry in an oven, you can store them in resealable plastic bags in a cool and dry area for up to one year or in your freezer for six months for even greater preservation.


Corn husks are an inexpensive and natural material perfect for use in many crafts and projects, from DIY projects to arts & crafts. Dried corn husks can even be preserved for future use! Now is an ideal time of year to stock up as farmers tend to leave piles of them scattered throughout fields for anyone wishing to collect them legally (of course with permission first!).

Begin by thoroughly washing and soaking your husks to rid them of dirt or residue. Next, soak them for at least thirty minutes in warm water in order to prepare them for drying in sunlight. When fully hydrated, arrange them so they receive even exposure, before hanging up in an appropriate location for drying. Be aware that they may require movement frequently so that all spots of sunlight reach them equally.

Dehydrator drying of corn husks offers another faster and more convenient option. Before placing them into a large cardboard box for drying, pre-treat them by steaming for one or three minutes to ensure all sides receive direct sunlight exposure; check regularly so as to avoid burning!

After several days, your husks should have turned light brown and become dry and crumbly, ready to be stored away until needed for craft projects.

If you want to create a corn husk doll, it is crucial that the husks dry for at least three days prior to beginning. This will soften them enough so you can mold their bodies. Once dry, cut away from the cob and select ears of corn with bright green, tightly curled leaves that have golden-brown or golden tassels instead of black or mushy ones for best results.

Once the husks have been separated from their cob, remove any silk that’s still attached. Place them in an open cardboard box and allow them to dry in direct sunlight for several days; at night or during inclement weather they should be moved for extra protection.


Corn husks can be used for many crafts and projects. A staple ingredient in Mexican cuisine, they serve as wrappers for masa and meat when making tamales, while they’re also perfect for crafting flowers, paper projects and more. Easy to dry off quickly when finished using them immediately or stored for future projects, corn husks provide many possibilities!

To dry corn husks properly, first you should thoroughly wash and soak them in warm water for several minutes until softening occurs and they become more flexible. To speed up this process further, place them in the microwave for two minutes prior to placing in your oven for drying.

If you don’t have access to an oven, a cardboard box can serve as an effective means of drying husks. Simply fill your box with them and ensure both sides are facing into the sun – this should take between four and eight hours, depending on your climate and sun exposure. Just be sure to monitor them periodically so they don’t burn!

Dehydrators provide an efficient and faster method for drying husks than using sunlight alone. Simply spread out your husks evenly in an even layer in the device before placing in direct sunlight for several days or weeks to dry naturally – an approach which works particularly well in hot, dry climates without needing special equipment or expertise to do its work effectively.

Once your husks have dried, store them in an airtight bag or container until you’re ready to use them. Just be careful not to overfill your container – overdoing it may lead to brittle and difficult-to-use husks! For longer term storage purposes make sure moisture and pests don’t affect them;

As another way of making use of corn husks, they can also serve as fire starters once fully dried out. You can use these sparks to spark campfires or backyard barbeque fires, while they make great additions to compost piles as they contain green material necessary for quick breakdown in compost piles such as grass clippings, fresh leaves, pea pods, fruit waste or vegetable scraps.

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