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)
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"!
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!