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Learn how to make your own scarecrow and make Dorthy proud.
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Hi, we are here to talk about how to make a scarecrow.
Well, there are a couple of ways that you can make a scarecrow. The easiest thing to do is to take household items that you can use including old clothing. And nylon stockings are really great for stuffing with old rags or straw of course—the real traditional scarecrow was stuffed with straw. So you can stuff a stocking to make a head or face and use magic marker to paint the features on and colored markers, you know, red for their lips.
You wanted to try to use leaves to stuff cloth. I basically made a scarecrow using the leaves out of my yard that I stuffed into a flannel shirt that, you know, I tied a knot at the bottom and I tied a knot at their arms, and we stuffed the darn thing for leaves and we did the same thing with the pants so we singed belt around the scarecrow flannel shirt top and stuffed that full of leaves and we have them sitting on the chair so it was not an issue. It did not have to stand up.
We also made a woman scarecrow once and basically used the broomstick as the spine to kind of support the whole thing. And you can just tied two sticks in a cross and go from there depending on what the used of your scarecrow is for. If it is decorative then you can have a prop up in different areas of the house, if it is outside on the porch, on the chair rocking chair, on the stairs tied to a post. There are a number of ways that you can fix the scarecrow to something that is stationary.
If it is actually to be used in a field then you probably do want to start with a nice long stick that is very solidly in the ground and remember that you might actually have a bird’s landing on it so it has to hold together long enough to be basically useful to you and the idea is that it should look like a person for the birds that are afraid of people and they do not want to get close to humans.
The idea of putting facial features is a good one if you can, and a hat, you know, clothing that is bright and colorful will probably help in that effort to try to either attract attention and make sure that people see it from the road if it is decorative or that birds will see it from afar and just go to a different field. And of course it does not hurt to brush up on your scarecrow song, “If I only had a brain…”