Fall is a magical time. The leaves change color, the air turns brisk, hot apple cider and bonfires trend and scarecrows arrive.
If you've never ventured beyond pumpkin carving and need scarecrow craft ideas, that changes today. Our DIY expert, Beth Allen, founder of Home Improvement Project Chicks, or HIP Chicks, shared the easiest way to make a DIY scarecrow.
As a proto-scarecrow, ancient Egyptians used wooden frames draped in nets to help protect their crops. When startled by farmers hiding in the fields, birds would fly into the netting and become trapped. Often, they would also become a meal.
It wasn't until ancient Greek farmers began carving wooden figures to look like Priapus that the modern scarecrow was born. According to mythology, Priapus was cursed by a jealous Hera to be so ugly just the mere sight of him scared away birds.
With other ways to protect crops from birds today, scarecrows have become a symbol of the season. While they can look scary for Halloween, these decorative items represent the entire fall season, from the first harvest through Thanksgiving.
While making it may seem a little overwhelming, our DIY expert assures that a scarecrow craft project is a fun, easy way to involve the whole family. Allen has broken the process into two sections: building the frame and making the scarecrow.
The frame is what holds the scarecrow. While many other articles say to use wood or lash two posts together, Allen said to consider polyvinyl chloride pipe and fittings. Yes, the same materials you use for plumbing. "If you're using wood and you're trying to screw and nail things together, it's a little bit harder to get your kids involved," Allen reasoned. "Using PVC is easy. And it's a way to get the kids engaged."
This is where your creativity comes into play. Give your imagination permission to adapt these guidelines when building your scarecrow. For example, you could use a burlap bag for the head and add gloves and boots.
When shopping for PVC, you may notice some offerings of furniture-grade PVC. All this means is the pieces are made to be seen. They have a richer pigmentation, there is no writing on them and the edges may be rounded for better aesthetics. Also, this type of PVC endures direct sunlight better. Since the frame for your scarecrow is hidden from view (and sunlight) for the most part, using furniture-grade PVC is an option, not a necessity.
If you have a garden and want to protect your crops, a scarecrow is an option. However, you can't stick one in the ground and expect it to scare away birds for the entire season. There are a few tricks to getting the most out of your scarecrow.
These durable PVC pipes are ideal for your scarecrow's frame. They are UV-resistant to hold up better when outdoors.
This is the cross piece you need for the center of your scarecrow frame. Again, it is UV-resistant for durability.
There are several ways to cut PVC pipes. However, this ratcheting model is the best way to get a precise, clean cut.
Sanding is optional. You want to do it to give your pieces a better fit. If you are going to sand, this fast-cutting fine paper is an excellent option.
To make your frame permanent, the PVC will need to be primed and glued. This convenient combo pack has everything you need to do exactly that.
Most of us do not have a neckerchief lying around. If you want to add a little personal flair, this offering comes in red, blue, black or white.
You need a tough rubber band to tie off the opening, so the straw doesn't fall out. These heavy-duty options are suitable for the task.
While you can use rope or twine to hold your scarecrow's pants up, suspenders are a much more fashionable option.
Just flip this affordable plastic planter upside down, draw a face and your scarecrow now has a personality.
This fun scarecrow hat can be a good, affordable option to top off your creation.
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