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A (Not so Scary) Scarecrow Tutorial

September 11, 2014

As part of the Sunday School Kickoff this past weekend, I had kids plant tulip bulbs in front of the church sign. Bulbs were packaged with squares of burlap I cut from an old seed bag. When it was all said and done, my son picked up an empty square and asked,  “Can we make a scarecrow?” And that is exactly how this tutorial came into being. So follow along to build your very own yard companion to greet the Autumn upon us!

Step 1: Gather materials: Wood, old shirt, yarn/twine/string, old fabric for head (we used the rest of the seed back from above), scraps of felt, fabric glue, lots of paper/plastic grocery sacks or old rags or old socks or whatever you have that can be used to beef up the body (I know you have a pile of these somewhere- we all have a grocery bag graveyard), and any adornments you want to pimp out your scarecrow with.

Step 2: Assemble wood into a cross. We happened to have this yellow cross constructed and painted sitting in the garage collecting dust. A perfect dressform!

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Step 3: Put shirt onto form. Tie the bottom with twine/string to keep the innards in.

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Step 4: Stuff the shirt with recycled materials. We used old grocery bags. Fill it out through the arms to give it a bit more personality.

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Step 5: Make the head by laying out a big square of the material and filling up the center with stuffing. Bring up the sides to create a head-like shape. Tie this onto the top of the wooden form.

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Step 6: Give it a face using scraps of felt or other fabric and fabric glue. Or leave it faceless for a really creepy scarecrow.

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Step 7: Add any additional adornments you wish: bandana, hat, crossbow… the choice is yours.

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Step 8: Find him a home in the yard. Our garden is pretty much done for the year, but my son was intent on scaring any crows away from whatever the heck may be left beyond the weeds.

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And there you have it!

Happy Autumn, everyone! Hope you all find solace in the changing of seasons from summer into cooler weather and shorter days. Regardless of where you are on life’s journey or your feelings about the bible, here is a little snippet I think all can appreciate:

Galatians 6:9 (NRSV)

So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.

Agree? Doing what is right is downright exhausting at times! But because you know it is right, you mustn’t give up- it will pay off! Living your life is about the one thing you can control, take full responsibility for that and do what you were made to do. Life is short, make it count.

Thanks for stopping by- hope you come back again soon!

Pam