How to make a Scarecrow


Before I get on to today’s post I’d like to send a quick wave and thankyou to Kate Feld (aka ‘The Manchizzle‘) for her excellent blogging tutorial at the Castlefield Gallery last Tuesday. Not only had I always walked past the gallery without really noticing it in the past (!) I learnt lots, met some lovely fellow bloggers and left feeling all fired up and raring to go. Yippee!

Although it was my intention this sunny Saturday to pop a review together on the gobsmackingly wonderful Under the Skin by Michel Faber, a dilemma has reared its ugly head that I would like you all, being the creative people you are, to help me out with.

This post is not, deceivingly, instructions on how to make a scarecrow. It is, in fact, a desperate plea to show me how! Our village throws a festival every year complete with fell race, dog show, carnival queen and all manner of other brilliant things. To bring some colour to the place and advertise the event, the villagers have a scarecrow competition every year and it is, in all honesty, the main reason I picked this particular place to live! Now that June has come round I’ve suddenly realised I have no idea what I’m doing and have three and a half weeks to figure it out!

This year’s theme is adverts and I’ve narrowed the characters down to those below that I think are all recognisable and should be easy enough to make (famous last words…) I’ve decided that animals are too difficult, so no meerkat suggestions please, but your thoughts on the below would be appreciated!

1. The Go Compare opera singer (too annoying?)

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2. The Milky Bar Kid (easy enough)


3. Captain Birdsye 

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4. Ronald McDonald (iconic but, a bit too freaky?)


5. The 118 men


Runners up include the Tetleys tea men, the lady and the Green Giant. Characters need to be recognisable to a British audience and if any of you have any tips on how to make it in the first place that would be top! I’m thinking some sticks, some straw and some old clothes would be a good place to start…..

Scarecrow image by Hugh Gallagher via Flickr

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