The perfect accessory for a veggie patch is a scarecrow. We’ve found the perfect DIY Mini Scarecrow from dragon fly fun. Here’s how to make it!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
· At least 6 rubber bands
· Spool of Hessian ribbon (Purchase from Sweet Party Supplies)
· Doll clothes
· Yarn or ribbon
· 26 gauge craft wire (optional)
· Drop cloth (optional) The hay makes a mess on the floor, so if you’re creating your scarecrow inside it helps to have a drop cloth or old sheet to make clean-up easier.
· Scarecrow decorations such as a hat, buttons for eyes, or a permanent marker to draw a face
Step 1: To start making your DIY mini scarecrow, first you need to create the legs and the body. For the legs gather a bunch of hay, fold over the top and secure it with a rubber band. Create a second leg that’s the same size as the first. Make the body for your scarecrow by gathering a bunch of hay that is about twice the length of one of the legs. Secure the top and bottom of the body with rubber bands.
Step 2: If you scarecrow is wearing pants (or overalls) stuff the legs through the bottom of the pants. The top of the leg should end about three inches above the pants and the bottom of the leg should stick out about three inches below the pants. Place the body between the two legs and secure the body to the legs with a rubber band.
Step 3: Create arms for the scarecrow by gathering two similar sized bunches of hay. Fold over the top of each bunch, and secure it with a rubber band. Attach the arms to the body of the scarecrow by stuffing the arms into the sleeves of the shirt and tucking the hay from the end of the arms into the body of the scarecrow.
Step 4: If your scarecrow is small this will likely be enough to secure the arms. If the arms seem loose, add another rubber band to the chest area of the scarecrow’s body. Use craft wire to attach the rubber bands from the end of the arms to the rubber band on the chest.
Step 5: Make a head for the scarecrow by overlaying two strips of hessian ribbon in a “t” pattern. Add hay to form the scarecrow’s head to the centre of the hessian ribbon.
Step 6: Gather the ends of the hessian ribbon in a bunch and place the head on top of the scarecrow’s body. If the body is too tall for the head simply fold over the hay from the top of the body and remove some of the stuffing for the head. Secure the head to body by tying a rubber band around the ends of the hessian.
Step 7: Cut off any excess hessian and tuck it into the clothes.
Step 8: Create hair for the scarecrow with yarn. If you’re using thinner yarn you can weave it through the holes in the hessian ribbon. If it’s a bit thicker (like ours) you can gather several pieces of yarn and secure it to the head of the scarecrow using craft wire.
Step 9: Once the hair is filled in, add any final decorations like a hat, eyes made from buttons, or face drawn with permanent marker.
That’s it! Your scarecrow is now ready to guard your veggie patch.