Are your children getting bored with the holidays yet? Are you all wondering quite why they need be so long? Here’s something to keep them quiet for a while whilst doing something useful. The resulting scarecrow will help keep the pesky pigeons from your plot whilst also adding a touch of class – or maybe not!
All you need is:
• Old T-shirt or large cloth for the head
• Old Clothes (Trousers, Top, Hat, and gloves)
• 2 bits of wood or branches approx. 4ft. (we used some buddleia branches which needed pruning)
FOR THE BODY: First, tie the two bits of branches into a rough T shape.
Depending on the top you have selected, either feed this through first or after you have tied the branches together.
FOR THE HEAD: Crunch up some newspaper into a rough ball shape and place into the middle of an old t-shirt, fold the t-shirt around the newspaper and tie the bottom so that you make a rough head shape, then draw a face. When ready place the head on the top of the branch and tie with more string so that it will not blow off.
FOR THE LEGS: Tie the bottom of the trouser legs and then stuff with newspaper, leaving a bit of a gap so that you can tie the top to the central branch. Once the legs are shaped, tie to the branch under the t-shirt.
Add gloves for hands and a hat and then find the perfect place to position in your garden or allotment for your scarecrow to stand guard over your patch.
If you’d like to take a photo of your scarecrow (does he have a name?) then please do share. We’d love to meet him. Or maybe he’s a her?