xxx ~ It was believed that the corn spirit lived amongst the crop, and the harvest made it effectively homeless. Therefore, hollow shapes were fashioned from the last sheaf of wheat or other cereal crop. The corn spirit would then spend the winter in their homes until the "corn dolly" was ploughed into the first furrow of the new season.

xxx ~ It was believed that the corn spirit lived amongst the crop, and the harvest made it effectively homeless. Therefore, hollow shapes were fashioned from the last sheaf of wheat or other cereal crop. The corn spirit would then spend the winter in their homes until the "corn dolly" was ploughed into the first furrow of the new season.

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How to make a corn dolly. Note: Wet the corn husks first so they don't break. Warm water until pliable. I usually use red yarn to tie things, but you can use corn husks too! :)

How to make a corn dolly. Note: Wet the corn husks first so they don't break. Warm water until pliable. I usually use red yarn to tie things, but you can use corn husks too! :)

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Fat/ suet bird feeder project- corn dolly style - As featured in book: Willow Craft 10 Bird Feeder Projects

Fat/ suet bird feeder project- corn dolly style - As featured in book: Willow Craft 10 Bird Feeder Projects

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corn dolly- "Corn" is an agricultural term- meaning the main cereal crop of any area. In this case "corn" is wheat!

corn dolly- "Corn" is an agricultural term- meaning the main cereal crop of any area. In this case "corn" is wheat!

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A Proper Corn Dolly!!!  Awwwwesome!! i've never seen one like this before and i didn't realize the term was 'corn dolly'!!!!

A Proper Corn Dolly!!! Awwwwesome!! i've never seen one like this before and i didn't realize the term was 'corn dolly'!!!!

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This corn dolly, in the form of a sceptre, was devised and made by Alec Coker, an experienced corn dolly maker. It consists of a long spirally woven ‘neck’-like core, above which are five spirally woven semicircles. Above this is a head made up of four spirally woven ‘lantern’-like structures. This dolly was used with another dolly in the shape of an orb as stage regalia.  (MERL/86/84)

This corn dolly, in the form of a sceptre, was devised and made by Alec Coker, an experienced corn dolly maker. It consists of a long spirally woven ‘neck’-like core, above which are five spirally woven semicircles. Above this is a head made up of four spirally woven ‘lantern’-like structures. This dolly was used with another dolly in the shape of an orb as stage regalia. (MERL/86/84)

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