Make a Scarecrow

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Make a scarecrow: an activity for children of all ages. Scarecrows may not actually scare the crows or rabbits away but they sure do add a bit of ambiance and fun to your garden.Decorating your garden with a scarecrow adds a bit of your own personality and flair to a space.

  • Supplies:
    • old wood – 2 pieces measuring approximately 4ft by 5ft (old fence pieces work great and are often free) and screws
    • burlap sack, fabric, or pillowcase
    • pumpkin, old ball or something to stuff the fabric with to make a head
    • button-down shirt and pants
    • straw, rags, leaves, pine needles or other stuffing materials (a trash bag to hold the materials is optional)
    • safety pins
    • twine or other string
    • buttons and embroidery thread (or markers or paint) to make your face
    • glue sticks and glue gun
    • hats, shoes, gloves, bandannas, pitchfork or rake and other accessories
    • garden notebook/journal
    • paper (if using a binder) – copy paper, cardstock and/or 140 lb weight paper if using watercolors
    • pencil and eraser
    • art medium of choice (colored pencils, watercolors, crayons, or markers)
    • page protectors
  • Read one or more of the following books about scarecrows with your kids:
  • Go shopping for an outfit at yard sales, thrift stores, and/or the Dollar store.
  • Build a cross out of wood by screwing two pieces of wood together measuring approximately 4ft by 5ft (we cut the size to fit the shirt and pants and allowing a little room at the bottom to stake the scarecrow into the ground).
  • Dress the cross in the shirt and overalls. We ended up putting the bottom part of the cross into one of the legs, but you can also cut a hole in the crotch and have it come through the middle.

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  • Stuff the clothes with an old hay-bale, pine needles, or other soft substance placed inside a trash bag. You can also tie the ends of the wrists and ankles with twine so the stuffing doesn’t come out.

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  • Make a head out of a pumpkin, burlap, or an old ball.
  • Make a face with a marker or use a hot glue gun to attach buttons for eyes and embroidery thread for a smile.
  • Secure his head to the wooden cross. You can cut a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin and push it through the top of the cross. If you are using a ball and fabric you can use a staple gun.
  • Secure his hat to his head using hot glue or safety pins.
  • Put extra straw coming out of his hands and feet.
  • Add any accessories such as a bandanna or pitchfork.
  • Give him/her a name.
  • Take a picture or draw a picture of your scarecrow and add it to your garden notebook/journal.
  • Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.

Did you ever see a scarecrow
Standing, ragged and forlorn,
Guarding crops that soon are coming
Through the earth, as though just born?
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “The Scarecrow” (1940s)

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And there you have it. Meet our scarecrow, Mr. McGregor.

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