Guys, I”m all pumpkin-ed out. Well, for now anyway. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very pleased with how our pumpkin projects have turned out! For those of you who are new here – you can check out our recent cork pumpkin projects here and here. To mention a few. Anyway, I needed a change from the pumpkins and so I thought I’d throw in a scarecrow project. You know, just to mix things up.
I think she’s turned out a cutie! Here’s how you can make your own:
What you need for your scarecrow project
- A piece of wood, or paint stirrers
- A thinner piece of wood or paint stirrer
- Some wood stain
- Scrapbook paper or cardstock
- Mod Podge
- Raffia (of course!)
- A flower (optional but very cute for this girly!)
- Acrylic paint (black, orange and white)
- Hot glue
- Paint brush
making your scarecrow
I started with staining the bottom half (or more like 2/3) of the piece of wood. Well, actually I suppose I started with sanding down the piece to get rid of any splinters. Give it a good old dust off and then stain the bottom half.
Next, trace the top half on the paper and cut out the shape. Mod Podge the cut out onto the top bit. This bit will make the hat so estimate how much room you want to leave to create the hat and face.
Cut some raffia into “hair”, using some smaller strands for the fringe and leaving some longer bits on either side. How you do this is optional, you can plait it if you like, or leave it a funky “au natural” like I did 🙂
Hot glue the raffia onto the dividing line of the “face” and the “hat”. We will be covering this bit with another piece of wood so it’s not too precise. Here’s a photo on how it will sit before I added the colourful paper to it. Don’t forget to add some longer hair on the sides before you stick down the piece of wood 🙂
I didn’t take photos of the rest of the project, but you can catch me making it here on a Facebook Live:
Next, cover the thinner piece of wood with paper of your choice. I decided to use 2 different types of paper that complimented each other. But of course you can use whatever you’ve got in your craft stash. Or what is available in the shops. As an alternative of course you can always paint it!
Once that’s dried, hot glue the smaller piece diagonally onto the piece of wood, to create the “hat”.
Painting the face
With some black paint create the eyes. I used a black Posca emulsion paint pen which is a lifesaver! It’s just so much easier to “draw” the paint on, than it is to add it with a brush. I love using these pens and would definitely recommend! Just don’t let your dog get hold of it .. long story but I speak from experience!
With a white pen, or paint, add some details to the eyes to make them come alive.
Paint a triangle in orange for the nose. Leave to dry, trace with the black pen and add some “stitches”. Because you can’t have a scarecrow without some stitches to hold it together 🙂
Finally, add the mouth – this doesn’t have to be perfect (as you can tell from the photo I went for a squiggly mouth ). Just use your imagination!
And then very last of all, I added a cute flower to the hat for detail.
I gave this one away to a Facebook follower and her son called her Sally Scarecrow. I couldn’t have picked a better name! Don’t you agree Sally has turned out a real cutie?
Want some more autumn inspiration? What about this cheese grater turned owl? I think you’re going to LOVE this cutie!
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