In Ireland and Scotland, the first farmer to finish the grain harvest made a corn dolly, representing the Cailleach (also called “the Carlin”), from the last sheaf of the crop. The figure would then be tossed into the field of a neighbor who had not yet finished bringing in their grain. The last farmer to finish had the responsibility to take in and care for the corn dolly for the next year, with the implication they’d have to feed and house the hag all winter. (McNeill)

In Ireland and Scotland, the first farmer to finish the grain harvest made a corn dolly, representing the Cailleach (also called “the Carlin”), from the last sheaf of the crop. The figure would then be tossed into the field of a neighbor who had not yet finished bringing in their grain. The last farmer to finish had the responsibility to take in and care for the corn dolly for the next year, with the implication they’d have to feed and house the hag all winter. (McNeill)

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!

Make Your Own Brigid / Brighid Corn Dolly by PositivelyPagan

Learn how to Make Your Own Corn Dolly Goddess & Fairy Dolls for All the Sabbats. Brigid, Morrigan, Faries Downloadable pdf Tutorial

Make Your Own Brigid / Brighid Corn Dolly by PositivelyPagan

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! :)

Celebrate Fall! Celebrate the Harvest! Help kids connect with nature. What an awesome old-timey craft! Pass on traditional crafts to your grandchildren while telling stories of the past and how things "used to be"!

How to make a corn dolly craft for a harvest celebration

Celebrate Fall! Celebrate the Harvest! Help kids connect with nature. What an awesome old-timey craft! Pass on traditional crafts to your grandchildren while telling stories of the past and how things "used to be"!

Make Your Own Brigid / Brighid Corn Dolly by PositivelyPagan

Learn how to Make Your Own Corn Dolly Goddess & Fairy Dolls for All the Sabbats. Brigid, Morrigan, Faries Downloadable pdf Tutorial

Make Your Own Brigid / Brighid Corn Dolly by PositivelyPagan

This craft activity using string instead of corn, shows you how to make a corn dolly, and is based on corn dollies traditionally made at Harvest time. Corn dollies were then kept until the following Spring to ensure a good Harvest. Your child can make a corn doll for fun!

This craft activity using string instead of corn, shows you how to make a corn dolly, and is based on corn dollies traditionally made at Harvest time. Corn dollies were then kept until the following Spring to ensure a good Harvest. Your child can make a corn doll for fun!

Lammas Barley Faerie / Fairy.  Handmade Corn Dolly. by PositivelyPagan, £9.50

Lammas Barley Faerie / Fairy. Handmade Corn Dolly. by PositivelyPagan, £9.50

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