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Scarecrow
Festival 2016
(incorporating The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations)

 Saturday 11th June & Sunday 12th June 2016

 

All scarecrow drawings copyright:
Prue Van Der Hoorn

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Step by Step guide to making a simple humanoid scarecrow

This guide shows you how easy it is to make a scarecrow. Remember people always enjoy seeing scarecrows. So have some fun making one and join in the spirit of the festival.

Health warning: once you have made one scarecrow, you will want to make some more. It's addictive.

 

 You will need:

Two pieces of wood (see below)
Some old clothes and a hat
Some string
Some safety pins
A few newspapers for stuffing

 

Safety pins are extremely useful when making scarecrows. If you put them in from the inside, they will not be seen.

You can use a stapler too.

 

If you want to make your scarecrow stand up (rather than sitting down, lying down, or hanging) you will need a frame to hold his shape.

If you are going to make your scarecrow stand up on its own, leave enough wood to go into the ground.

Attach two pieces of wood together to make a cross. The cross-bar is the scarecrow's shoulders, not his arms.

 

When making the frame use two screws to prevent the frame from twisting.

(If you need help drilling holes or making the frame, phone one of the scarecrow team. We may be able to supply some suitable wood.)

  Put the clothes loosely onto your frame, with the upright down one of the trouser legs.
  Join the shirt and trousers together using safety pins (from the inside, so people don't see them)...
 

...do this all the way round, otherwise his trousers will fall down!

You can adjust the position of the safety pins later so don't worry too much.

  Using string, tie up the bottom of his trouser legs to stop the stuffing falling out (use a bow so you can undo it if you want to change it)...
   ... and tie string round the cuffs of his shirt.
 

Now you have the frame with the clothes on. All places where the stuffing could fall out have been sealed.

Time to do the stuffing :-)

 

Stuff the scarecrow using screwed up newspapers (you can put them in plastic bags if you are worried about them getting wet).

Don't pack it too tight, just loosely fill it. You can always put some more in later on if you want him to be more firm.

Start by filling the trouser legs...

  ...and stuff the arms too.
  As the scarecrow gets more full, close up the buttons and zips to hold the stuffing in.
  You now have a fully stuffed scarecrow.
  Make the head from a carrier bag, loosely stuffed with more screwed up newspaper.
 

Pop his head over the wood at the top of the cross, tucking the open end of the carrier bag into his collar.

You may wish to secure this with some more safety pins.

 

Put his hat on his head and squeeze the head to fit inside the hat, so it doesn't blow off.

Again, you may wish to secure the hat with safety pins.

  Your scarecrow is now finished...
  ...job done.