Make your own Spooky Scarecrow or Bonfire Night Guy
What do you use for a frame?
You can make a cross shape from pieces of wood or wire (either child or adult height) and making sure that the shoulders are in the right place, so that the head can go at the top.
How do you make a scarecrow/bonfire guy head?
Here are a few ideas for how to make a scarecrow head:
Stuff an old pillowcase, an old pair of tights or a hessian sack with straw or old plastic bags and then decorate the outside with a face. You could draw or sew on a face or attach other objects that resemble eyes, a nose and a mouth.
Draw a face onto a used large plastic water bottle. Turn it upside down so the top forms the neck and can easily be attached to the frame.
Use a plant pot to make a head and fill it with straw, grass or flowers to create hair. Draw or paint a face onto the pot.
If you want to get extra crafty, make a papermache head at home and paint it however you like. Then attach it to your frame, no stuffing required.
Don't forget to pop an old hat on top!
How do you make a scarecrow out of paper?
Paper is not the best material for an outdoor scarecrow as it will easily get wet and will not withstand the elements. Scrunched up paper and newspaper might make good stuffing though, if the outer-layer is hardy enough to stop it getting waterlogged. Making a scarecrow out of paper is a great craft project to do if you plan to keep the scarecrow indoors.
To make a 2D paper scarecrow simply cut the shapes you need out of different coloured paper (a circle for the head, oblong for the body etc) and stick them together using staples or glue.
How do you make a scarecrow movable?
To make a scarecrow move, you are relying on the wind to do the hard work. The most simple way is to hang things off your scarecrows arms that will move in the breeze, like old CDs. The light reflection will also help scare birds away.
For a slightly more advanced moving design, attach the head with a sturdy spring so that it can bob around in the wind. The spring must be kept short to restrict movement enough so that there is no risk of it sagging and breaking.
How to you make a scarecrow without straw?
If you don't want to stuff your scarecrow with straw (either because you don't have access to any or you are allergic) there are plenty of alternative materials you can use. These include:
· the stuffing from an old cushion or pillow the stuffing from packaging · old plastic bags · shredded paper, newspaper and cardboard (this needs a hardy outer-layer which won't let water in) · old clothes · used netting from your allotment · leaves, grass and garden clippings
How do you make a scarecrow costume?
Decide on the character and then find old clothes that can be stuffed, padded out and attached to the frame. You can die clothes to get the right colour or even head to the charity shop and see what you can find.
If you'd rather not use fabric, you could paint a box with a clothing design or pattern.
Hats work really well.
In the summer of 2021, Cheltenham Connect teamed up with Bathscape and the artist Marian Hill to share some great summer insect and mini-beast resources for children. Just click on the images to print out your own sheets and booklets! You will also soon see some of the inspect spotter sheets around our local parks.