Sunday, September 27, 2009

How to Build a Scarecrow-Part 1


Step 1: BUILD FRAME
I have made several scarecrows over the
past few years and the most frustrating
part of the whole thing was trying to
get the stake firmly enough into the
ground so that the whole thing didn't list to
one side or fall over completely. What
a headache! This year I asked the hubster
to build a free standing and sturdy frame.
It took him about 10 minutes and made all
the difference in the world. Materials used:
2 wooden grape stakes, four triangular
pieces of plywood and a few screws.


Step 2: MAKE ARMATURE
Now you have to decide what shape and
position your scarecrow will take and build up
the frame with other materials to get the
shape you are looking for. In this case, I
was building a girl scarecrow wearing a skirt,
and I knew I wanted her skirt to flare out
so I had to build something that would
hold the fabric up. My solution: chicken
wire and zip ties! Zip ties are one of my
new favorite things. They really made
attaching the chicken wire so much easier.
I could have used chicken wire for the
arms too but elected not too. Really you
can sculpt the chicken wire to get any
shape you want. Just be careful- the little
cut edges can scratch you up good.






Step 3: DRESS SCARECROW
Here is the fun part!
Start dressing up your scarecrow. I used
all burlap sacks for mine, after all she
is a farm girl! Once again I used zip
ties to attach the clothes to the frame and
the chicken wire underneath.


Step 4: STUFF
Once you get the scarecrow's attire
figured out, you can stuff it. I used straw but you
could use plastic bags, old clothes or whatever.
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25 comments:

Lisa said...

Carol,
First of all I have to say that I love your blog! Second, thank you for reading mine & leaving such a kind comment, I REALLY appreciate it. You have got me VERY inspired to do a scarecrow this year in a skirt! I am pretty proud of our "Farmer" ones in the past but a girl with a grain sack skirt is just divine.
I have friends who have farms, maybe they have old grain sacks. If not I will try buying grain if it's not too $$ at a local feed supplier. Any advice would be appreciated. I do have chicken wire,and zip ties, and lumber...I have a boy...
Thanks for an amazing & fun post.
Lisa

Styling by Coty Farquhar said...

I love the way you have shaped the bottom of the grain sacks, what a stylish scarecrow.

xx Coty

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