Making a scarecrow

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Keeping birds and other volatile predators away from plants and vegetables is a job a scarecrow does very well. But just because he has to scare them doesn’t mean he has to be ugly. Quite the contrary!

Indulge yourself by making a chic and striking guard for your garden or balcony. Here’s a step-by-step guide that should appeal to many. This activity can be done with children of course.

Time of the activity: 1h30

The equipment you need

5 different coloured fabrics (burgundy, sky blue, navy blue, red, orange) Adhesive felt Straw White plastic bag Raphia String Thick woollen yarn Needle Scissors Bamboo stick or broomstick

Step by step

Take the cloth that will be used to make the body of your scarecrow. It should measure about 1 m by 1 m. For our part, we have chosen to make it in sky blue. Fold the cloth in half. You will end up with a double-layer rectangle measuring 1m by 50cm. Make arms and legs for him. Then take the thread and sew arms and legs except the ends. Fold the fabric in half across the width so that the right arm and right leg correspond to the left arm and left leg. Take the scissors and cut a V-neck at the fold at the top. Take some straw and fill the scarecrow’s body. Make the straw come out at each end of the arms and legs and fix it with raffia. Take the cloth that will be used to make the head of the scarecrow. It should measure 50 cm by 50 cm. As far as we’re concerned, we’ve opted for orange. Fill a small plastic bag with straw and close it to make a ball. Place it in the middle of the cloth and close it with raffia. There should be some fabric left on the outside. Cut out eyes, eyebrows, nose and mouth from the adhesive felt and place them on the head.

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Take the bamboo stick (or broomstick) and push it into your scarecrow’s head. Then pass the bamboo stem through the neck and crotch of your scarecrow’s body. Tie the neck, head and bamboo stem securely with raffia to hold your scarecrow. This can be a little difficult. Feel free to staple the head and body if you can’t get the raffia to hold it together. Then take a cloth, which we have chosen red, to make a bandana that we will place around the scarecrow’s neck to hide raffia and staples. With the burgundy fabric, we chose to make a scarecrow jacket. To do this, fold your fabric in half and cut a wide strip in the centre of one side of the fabric. Install the uncut area on the back of the scarecrow and the two remaining strips on the front. Use the rope to tie a knot around the jacket. Finally, the navy blue fabric (50cmx50cm) will be used to make a hat. At each end of the fabric, make knots that will allow the hat to fit snugly on the scarecrow’s head.

He’s ready! Now all you have to do is put it wherever you want it.

Laetitia Devillars

Photo credits : Laetitia Devillars (photos not free of copyright)