|Rustle Scare Crow|
The first "real" scarecrow I made while we were living in the Napa Valley on four acres. He was LIFE-SIZE and I posted him on one side of the driveway. Once he was set in position, I continued to work, cleaning up; but every time I caught a glimpse of him in my peripheral vision, it startled me. He was so "real", that I thought some man had snuck up on me. So now I make small scarecrows, like the one here in this photo...His name is Rustle Scare Crow.
My scarecrows are made from recycled or re-used materials. I did not use any kind of glue on the clothing (gently used children's clothing, size 12-months) so once I'm done with the scarecrows, I can bless a mom and child with the pants and shirt. So... without further ado, here's how I made Rustle:
old stuffed doll or animal
clothing to fit - shirt, hat, overalls or pants, handerchief
1/2 yard muslin or burlap (burlap is harder to work with, but gives a really nice look)
small scraps of fabric for patches
black embroidery floss
black, orange, light pink, and white acrylic craft paint
twine (cotton or jute)
1. This scarecrow was made using a cast-off stuffed animal as a base. I found this funky-looking rabbit at a thrift shop. I purchased clothing to fit his size - overalls, shirt (they were 12-months size) and hat at the thrift shop also. I paid less than $5 for these basic pieces.