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In the Garden with The Little Veggie Patch Co. – How to make a Scarecrow

by Jenny Butler
Thursday 1st March 2012

Today is your last chance to leave a comment on any of this weeks post from The Little Veggie Patch Co. and go into the draw to win one of ten copies of their fantastic book! The winners will be drawn at random after 10pm tonight and announced tomorrow morning. Thanks to Mat, Fabian and Macmillan for this great prize! -Jenny x

This may seem like the perfect day for the kids, but we always take great pleasure in creating and fashioning our new scarecrow friend. And if you are still bitter after failing your career as a stylist, here is the opportunity to redeem yourself. When dressing up or down your scarecrow, you may prefer to use older clothes that have run their course, but that decision lies with you. Who knows your determination to make this scarecrow as physically repulsive as possible to all threatening wildlife?

How to make a Scarecrow

Materials:

  • old clothes
  • gumboots
  • 4 long wooden stakes
  • thicker block of timber (about 0.5 m long)
  • screws
  • ball of string
  • bale of straw
  • hessian bag
  • mask of choice (or buttons)

1. Begin by constructing the frame of your scarecrow. Attach two of the wooden stakes together, making a crucifi x shape – this will be the arms and the upper body. Now grab your thicker wooden block and screw the other two stakes to this to create the legs, with the sharp ends of the stakes as the feet.

2. Screw both segments together to make the completed frame. This should be quite sturdy, so use as many screws as you feel necessary. Trim off any excess length or unrequired sharp ends for safely.

3. Time to be the stylist here and clothe the scarecrow. Start by putting on the pants and filling them with straw to provide bulk and life. Then pierce the soles of the gum boots, forcing them over the pointy stakes and pulling them up until you can tuck in the pants.

4. Construct the head and torso by stuffing a hessian bag with straw. Tie with string at the ‘neck’ and attach at this point to the junction of the crucifix.

5. Clothe the upper half of the scarecrow and attach a terrifying mask of your choice to the hessian bag or, alternatively, to avoid unnecessary panic among human kind, use any old buttons you may have in the sewing box to make the facial features.

6. Select a spot in the veggie patch for your creation and hammer in the legs. The sturdier the frame, the easier it is to drive the scarecrow into the ground.

Mat and Fabian


by Jenny Butler
Thursday 1st March 2012

15 comments

  • Em 3 years ago

    Genius. He looks as if he’s saying “They went THAT way!”. What a way to redirect pests :)

  • margie 3 years ago

    We had one in our garden for a while (before he disintegrated, shamefully exposing my lack of construction skills). It gave all of us a fright every time we looked out the window!

  • chris 3 years ago

    Oh my god…do these really work? I have had the worse possum garden invasion this year…
    I might give it a go, but a shadowy figure in the yard might end up frightening me instead!

  • penny 3 years ago

    I’m thinking of making one with one of my 80’s era taffeta ball gowns! I’ll let you know how it goes!

  • Nola Watson 3 years ago

    Excellent! this is just what I need the shoo away all the pesky pigeons that are hanging around & pooping all over my outdoor furniture. It doesn’t help that my neighbour keeps feeding them!!!

  • Kristy 3 years ago

    do you think it would odd on the balcony of my flat :)

  • Kristy 3 years ago

    or even ‘look’ odd…. jeesss!

  • Rory 3 years ago

    Looks great!

  • Andrea 3 years ago

    Brings back memories of doing this with my Dad! I might make a mini one for my mini garden :)

  • judith 3 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration boys.

  • Catherine 3 years ago

    thank you for this tutorial – we are already planning our “straw girl” scarecrow (we have the just grown-out-of gumboots at the ready!)

  • Su 3 years ago

    Oh wow, its a perfect idea to use up some of my hay mulch! Might scare to the neighbours as our scarecrow would be standing on the top balcony in our block! Intruder alert!!

  • Matthew 3 years ago

    How cool! If my garden was big enough I would soooo do this!

  • Lisa 3 years ago

    I’ve loved this guest series. Now each time I look at our little patch of green in the backyard I see more and more possibilities (and feel like I have the know-how to do it). Not sure if the neighbours would dig a scarecrow (perhaps as long as he’s nicely dressed & tips his hat…) Thanks for the great posts. Lisa x

  • Brendan 3 years ago

    I SO SO Want to make a scarecrow now……………………………… you guys rock! what a whole heap of fun… thanks ;)

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