Making a Corn Dolly

You Will Need

Two small handfuls of corn stalks

Green and yellow wool or cotton

Trailing greenery (ivy or grape vine are ideal)

Appropriately colored ribbons for the ritual (red or orange for Lammas)


Take one handful of corn stalks.

Just below the top, bind the stalks with the yellow cotton, tying them securely, 3 to5 centimeters underneath, and bind the stalks again; this forms the head of the doll.

Carefully divide the bound bundle into four strands. (The outer two will form the arms, the middle ones the body.)

Gently bend the stalks which represent the arms and bind them carefully with the yellow cotton.

Bind the two middle pieces together, crisscrossing the cotton to create a body approximately 10 to 15 cm (4 inches) long.

Use the green cotton to bind the two middle lower sections to represent legs.

Ask for a blessing from an agricultural god.

You might say: God of plenty, bless now this image of your fertility.

Decorate with the ribbons and trailing greenery.