This DIY scarecrow tutorial is one of those crafts that seemed so great in my mind, but not as fabulous once outside this ol’ head of mine.
It’s not that I don’t think she’s purdy and all that. Because she is a looker. But she’s just not what I had in mind when I started this whole project.
I pictured me buying this so-so, OK, but not spectacular, inexpensive scarecrow at JoAnn Fabrics (I’ve seen them at Home Depot and other stores also) and just blowing you away with my mad skills at making her into something cool.
Something very cool.
I was going to show you how you could just do a few simple things to it and voila it would be a super spectacular scarecrow. They envy of the neighborhood. The scarecrow to beat all scarecrows.
Simple is the name of the game though. This was going to be a no-brainer, super duper easy, five minute fall craft.
I pictured all the other bloggers out there being in awe of my creativity and wanting to jump in and make their own versions.
It would go viral on Pinterest. And Facebook. And just about anywhere. Even Google+ (and NOTHING goes viral there).
Next thing you know, Martha Stewart would be knocking on my door asking me if I could possibly show her how to make one. I’d graciously let her in, serve her a pumpkin martini to calm her nerves, give her an in-depth tutorial and assure her that, yes, she could do this herself. You have it in you Martha!
And then Matt Lauer of the Today Show would call me and have me on the show on Monday where the President of NBC would immediately offer me my own craft show. Yes, of course they would have to move Ellen DeGeneres to the 11:30pm time slot, but no problem.
Screech . . .
The best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry.
Fancy way of saying I basically took a cheapo scarecrow and totally overhauled it so it looks NOTHING like it originally did. I could have just as easily have made her from scratch with a couple two by fours.
I mean, other than her face, who cares that she used to be a JoAnn Fabrics cheap scarecrow?
And simplicity? A few trips to the thrift store, a few glue gun burnt fingers and more than a few choice words later while trying to keep her pants from sliding down to her knees and simplicity flew out the window.
So, no. Ms. Stewart won’t be a knocking and Ellen won’t be losing any sleep over her move to late night.
I’m sorry Sally, no trips to New York City. Maybe next year we’ll become famous?
Here’s the quick lowdown on how to make a semi DIY Scarecrow yourself (since I just made it sound so appealing).
DIY Scarecrow Tutorial:
- Take an inexpensive Jo-Ann Fabrics scarecrow
- Buy some cheapola thrift store clothes for him/her (half-price day is your friend)
- Stuff extra straw into the arms and legs of the clothing (I used plastic grocery bags filled with straw and rolled them into sausage-like things to keep most of the straw inside the body and not leaking out the arm and pant holes)
- Glue some straw to the inside of her pants to make her look more scarecrow-ey (Why they sell high temp glue guns without an operator’s license is beyond me. That stuff is HOT.)
- Sit back and lament how it doesn’t look very much like what you started with. Then write a blog post about how it’s not what you were planning on and how you went totally overboard with it. Oh, and make sure to whine a lot about it.