There are many different way to make corn dollies but we found the method we give here works very well and could easily be done by a child even.
Obtain 4 nearly ripe stalks of corn with the ears on. If the stalks still have some sap flowing they will be quite pliable and can be used immediately. If dry they will need to be soaked for a while to ensure they don't break when bent over.
Trim all stalks to the same length and bind them tightly together about 2 inches below the ears. You can use any strong twine for this purpose or you can try a thin ribbon as we did using the colour symbolically (Red for passion, Ping for love, Green for money etc.)
Hold the bunch vertically with the ears down and bend the stalks outward in the shape of a cross (North, South, East and West).Start to braid the stalks by bringing the East stalk to the West and West stalk to the East, then bring north (over East and West strands) to South and South to North (over east and west strands). The pattern formed is like a
Brigits cross and you should simply continue in the same manner until all the strands are plaited together.
Bend the plait in a loop and use the ribbon to secure the loose ends.
Finally, tie a neat bow with the ribbon to finish and hang the dolly somewhere it will be appreciated.