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Witch Craft: Lughnasadh Corn Husk Doll & Besom

Witch Craft: Lughnasadh Corn Husk Doll & Besom

Lammas/ Lughnasdh is the Sabbat that celebrates the abundant harvest.  One of the most popular crafts for this Sabbat is corn husk crafts.  While there are so many wonderful things one could create with corn husks, I chose the most traditional, a corn husk dolly but with a witchy twist. Corn dollies are magickal charms thought to protect the home, livestock, and personal wellness of the maker and their family. With the leftover corn husks, I also crafted a corn husk besom for my altar area.  To find out how I dyed the corn husks and created the decorations, read on!

Dying Corn Husks

Blueberries are one of Lughnasdh's corresponding foods and makes a great dye 

Materials:

  • 2 cups of blueberries
  • 4 cups of water
  • Cauldron (a large pot will do)
  • Baking pans
  • Corn husks.  I bought mine pre dried here

Steps:

  • Place the blueberries into the cauldron and add the water
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for one hour 
  • Allow the mixture to cool and then drain the blueberries collecting the dye into a pan
  • Submerge the corn husks into the dye.  Place another baking pan on top and perhaps some cans of food to weigh it down 
  • Leave the husks in the dye overnight
  • In the morning, hang or lay the dyed husks in the grass to dry
  • When the husks are almost dry you may use them to craft

Crafting a Corn Dolly

To create my magical corn dolly, I followed these steps from an image I found on Pinterest and added a few witchy accessories to customize 

Source: http://unceduc415.pbworks.com/w/page/24689269/m)%20Toys%20and%20Games

Materials:

  • Corn Husks: dyed and plain
  • String and ribbon
  • Hot glue gun

Steps:

  • Follow the steps above to create a basic corn dolly.  Note that I made balled up some paper to make a more prominent head and tied the husks over it.
  • To add a fuller skirt, glue dyed corn husks around the waist and cover with ribbon
  • To make a witch hat, use the triangular top of a corn husk and form it into a cone shape, glueing the edges.  Cut a circle from a corn husk and glue the cone to the circle and glue some ribbon where the two shapes meet to make a clean finish
  • Create a little besom by following the same steps to make the doll's arms but at one end, tie a small piece of dyed corn husk, tearing it into small strips to create the bristles 
  • I also gave my dolly some hair with a plain corn husk in a similar hair style to mine (blunt, shortish, dry haha) and glued a small rhinestone to her neck tie to give her some bling 

There she is, a lovely witch dolly!

Corn Husk Besom

Materials:

  • Dyed corn husks
  • Twine
  • A stick or branch

Steps:

  • While the dyed corn husks are still somewhat damp, tie them around the end of a branch with twine
  • Tear the corn husks into strips to create bristles and store upside down overnight so that the ends curl up a bit as they dry
  • Display at your altar or on your porch 

Have a magickal & abundant Lughnasadh!

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