I think this is definitely an older childs project. Isabella is 10 and she had trouble tying some of the knots and holding the cornhusk parts together. Dexterity with both hands helps because you have to hold and tie things and this was frustrating for her because things kept slipping. The other option is to have a helper that can hold the doll while the other is tying the head, the skirts, and other pieces onto the doll.
I bought a large bag of cornhusk pieces from my local grocery store. They sold it in the ethnic section. I put what I thought I would need in a large bucket of warm water and let it set for one hour. Get more than you think you need wet. The reason I say this is because you can layer the skirt so its very full, the husk rip, some are thinner than others and tear, etc...
We pulled the pieces apart and spread them out according to size. Some pieces are great for the skirt because they are long and wide. Other pieces are smaller and work well for arms, bonnets, or the head.
I bought thin twine to help secure the heads and the skirts. You can use thin pieces of the cornhusk but with the kids it was easier to have something sturdy. Sometimes the cornhusk strips break.
We used the instruction sheet from the Iowa newspaper and made our doll.
The project took us an hour to complete. Not because it was hard but the initial decision of how we wanted to make our dolls took some time.
Overall, I will be doing this again. Our dollies dried quickly and they look adorable set out. We will keep them up until fall when we harvest our vegetables and then burn them as a thank you for watching over our crops.