I promised, and here it is. A whole series about frugal living based off the Little House books! My tenative plan for this series is to run each book for about 2 weeks. I’ll be doing 3 different posts each week about crafts, frugal living, recipes, and more. There will be fun things to do, fun giveaways, and hopefully we might all learn something!
Of course I need to start at the beginning, where it all started, The Little House in the Big Woods. I’ve actually been to Pepin and the site where the little house was in Wisconsin. It helps you get a true sense for where these books really were based and when you read through them you can picture all the things that Laura talks about. Lake Pepin, the big woods, the little cabin where they lived.
We are going to start this series off with a little craft.
“Mary was bigger than Laura, and she had a rag doll named Nettie. Laura had only a corncob wrapped in a handkerchief, but it was a good doll. It was named Susan. It wasn’t Susan’s fault that she was only a corncob. Sometimes Mary let Laura hold Nettie, but she only did it when Susan couldn’t see.” ~ Little House in the Big Woods p. 20-21
Since I was homeschooled we got to do a bunch of different craft projects that I might not have gotten to do in public school. Mom did a whole series with on based on the Little House books because we loved them so much. So, naturally, one of these crafts was to make a corncob doll. Once I realized you could make your own dolls we had a whole bunch of different dolls. Dolls made with pipe cleaners, dolls made from yarn, paper dolls we cut out from magazines….and so on. To us it didn’t matter that they didn’t come from the store, they were perfect anyways. I’m pretty sure I had a whole family of yarn dolls and the pipe cleaner dolls were special so they got to live in the dollhouse, the yarn dolls only got to visit sometimes.
Here’s how to make your very own corn cob doll with your little girl!
Here is a picture of what you need. A scrap of fabric for the dress. A dried corncob, a dried piece of corn husk that was hung over a chair while drying, and a few pieces of string or ribbons.
Make sure you read the entire Living Like Little House series!