Monday, November 10, 2008

Crafty McCrafterson

While those plastic decorations are awfully cute, many of them are made of PVC. Sadly, PVC used for outdoor decorations degrades after long sun exposure and seeps into groundwater. So, this Autumn, make a scarecrow for your yard out of more eco-friendly materials.

Here are the steps:
Step 1: Cut a 10-foot bamboo pole into two pieces, one 4 feet long and the other 6 feet long.
Step2: Place the 4-foot section across the 6-foot piece, 1 foot down from the top.
Step3: Wire the two pieces together with floral wire, twine or raffia.
Step4: Place an old shirt on the short cross-piece of the frame and button the shirt in front.
Step5: Stuff the shirt loosely with straw, dry leaves or rags.
Step6: Place gloves at the end of the "arms" and secure them with rubber bands.
Step7: Pull one leg of a pair of trousers onto the long bamboo pole. The other leg will hang freely.
Step8: Tuck the stuffed shirt into the waist of the trousers.
Step9: Secure the waist of the trousers to the pole with a rope or belt, tying the belt or rope to the cross-piece if necessary to keep the pants from falling down.
Step10: Stuff the pants with the stuffing material of your choice.
Step11: Make a head for your scarecrow by stuffing straw into a pillowcase. Tie the pillowcase opening onto the top of the long stake with rope.
Step12: Draw a face with felt-tip pens, or glue on buttons for eyes and yarn for a mouth.
Step13: Stick the scarecrow in the ground or tie it securely in another location.

And voila! A precious yard decoration!!!

1 comment:

Petunia said...

Hi! I just checked my blog e-mail and saw your message. I am so jealous! Please have some etoufee and pralines for me!! Have fun! :)
My AOL mail is not working and wouldn't let me respond to my e-mails there. I need to find a new blog e-mail!!
xoxo Petunia