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Do you know how to make a scarecrow? I admit, I didn’t! But, I have now discovered a great fun family activity for a sunny autumn day.
Those of you who read my blog regularly will know that we went to a scarecrow making party last weekend. As I said in my post earlier in the week, we all had a great time, getting to know our neighbours better and learning how to make scarecrows!
Building a scarecrow wasn’t something I had ever done before. It involved a lovely hour or so enjoying a sunny morning outside, which was perfect. And, it involved a lot of laughs, for the kids and adults alike.
So, if any of you fancy doing something a little different this weekend, here is our guide!
How to Make a Scarecrow
You will need:
1. A wooden frame – roughly 1″ by 1/2″ wood screwed/nailed together to make a cross.
2. Straw (or other filling material). We can buy straw bales in our local Home Depot (and craft store at this time of year).
4. An old pair of trousers/pants, a jumper/shirt, a pair of tights/pantyhose, a hat
5. Felt and wool (for the face and hair)
6. Fabric glue
Start by pulling straw through the legs and arms of your trousers and shirt, and then the body of your shirt. My husband found that pulling (more than you think will fit) was better than pushing straw in, and gave a more solid finish.
If your filling material is more flexible than straw, you may need to tie off the bottom of your legs/sleeves/shirt to contain the stuffing.
My husband made a ‘neck’ sticking out from the body, and once the head was filled he created a ‘slot’ inside the head. This allowed him to drop the head onto the neck, creating a solid connection. Others tied/sewed the heads onto the bodies.
A variety of techniques were used to connect the body to the legs! ‘Sewing’ the shirt to the trousers was a popular one, before tying the whole thing to the frame.
As my husband had constructed such a solid body (star that he is), he started by attaching the torso to the frame, tying it on with wool. He then put one leg of the trousers through the frame, before using twine to create braces that also went through the trousers belt loops, to keep the whole thing together.
While my husband (with occasional help from the 4 and 7yo!) was making our wonderful scarecrow, which now has pride of place on our porch, the kids had a great time playing on our neighbours climbing frame and swings and various Little Tikes cars and trikes. There were of course refreshments, apple juice and donuts, and these were enjoyed by all :)
This goes down as one of our most enjoyable mornings this year. So completely unexpected and ever so slightly random! It was such good fun, and I think making a scarecrow could become an annual tradition.
Looking for some other fun autumn activities?
I am linking up with the wonderful Coombe Mill’s Country Kids as usual :) Click on the badge to see what everyone else has been up to and be inspired to get outside!