Lughnasadh, the Pagan festival of the first harvest, calls for a celebration of abundance and a deep connection with nature. One beautiful way to honor this ancient tradition is by crafting your own corn-dollie. These charming figures are believed to embody the spirit of the grain goddess and symbolize the bountiful harvest. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll explain how to create your very own corn-dollie craft to embrace the spirit of Lughnasadh.
- Dried Corn Husks (can be found at craft stores or online)
- Twine or thin string
- Raffia or straw
- Ribbon or decorative elements (optional)
Step 1: Preparing the Corn Husks
Start by soaking the dried corn husks in warm water for about 10-15 minutes until they become pliable. Gently pat them dry with a towel to remove any excess water.
Step 2: Creating the Body
Take four corn husks and overlap them slightly to form a cross shape. Secure the center of the cross with a small piece of twine or string. This will create the dollie’s body.
Step 3: Forming the Head
Select one corn husk and roll it up tightly to create the dollie’s head. Place it at the top of the body and secure it with twine or string.
Step 4: Crafting the Arms and Legs
For the arms, take two corn husks and wrap them around the body just below the head, securing them with twine. Repeat this step for the legs, wrapping two corn husks around the body’s bottom.
Step 5: Finishing Touches
Now, take a few strands of raffia or straw and tie them around the dollie’s waist to create a waistband. You can also use raffia or straw to form hair, tying it around the head.
Step 6: Adding Decorative Elements
For an extra special touch, adorn your corn-dollie with ribbons, dried flowers, or any other decorative elements that resonate with the spirit of Lughnasadh.
Step 7: Setting the Intentions
As you craft your corn-dollie, set your intentions for the upcoming harvest season. Focus on gratitude for nature’s gifts and the abundance you wish to attract into your life.
Celebrate the Summer Harvest!
Creating a corn-dollie craft is a beautiful and meaningful way to honor the spirit of Lughnasadh and embrace the magic of the first harvest. Display your creation proudly during Lughnasadh celebrations as a reminder of the abundance that surrounds us all, or place it on your altar for personal remembrance. May your corn-dollie bring joy, prosperity and a deep connection with nature’s cycles during this special time of year. Happy crafting and blessed Lughnasadh!