The first thing I did was wrap my burlap around the top half of my board for the hat. I did fold the bottom inch or so over to make a brim for the hat.
Once I had the hat glued on I took a piece of jute twine and tied a little bow on the top of the hat to bunch it together.
Now, it’s time for the paint! I like to use smaller paint brushes for this. I started with the eyes and worked my way down the face. I used a round spouncer for the rosy cheeks but if you don’t have one you can certainly just use a paint brush to make them.
Once I had my face painted on, I then made a little raffia bow to stick on the brim of the hat.
You all know I love me some scrap wood projects and I am really excited to share this one with you!
To start off we used saw horses to lay all of our boards on. We laid the board we were using for the brim of the hat across the underneath of the longer boards. You will want to lay all of the backs of your boards facing up when your screwing on the brim of the hat. Once you have your boards how you want them your ready to put the screws in. We used the 2 1/2 Inch screws for this step.
Next we took some smaller pieces of scrap wood we had laying around to make a support for the bottom and added some stakes so we could stick the scarecrow in the ground. Where we live the wind is never ending so in order to have anything not blowing away or tipping over we have to make sure it’s staked down.
We did pre-drill these before putting the screws in to avoid the wood splitting. We used the 1 3/4 Inch screws for this step. Our stakes were 14 inches long and we just cut the point in the ends with a miter saw. Once we had our stakes screwed on we added a 1 inch x 12 3/4 board in between the two for extra support. We also pre-drilled these holes as well. These steps are optional obviously if you didn’t want to stake your scarecrow into the ground.
Now that you have your stakes and support screwed on it’s time to start painting and designing your scarecrow. There are so many different ways to design scarecrows so i’m not going to do that step by step as it’s fun to add your own spin on these kinds of projects.
Here are a few pictures of my scarecrow while I was dressing it up!
I painted my hat and brim and then once dried i used my sanding block to add some distressing.
Next it was time for the face! There are TONS of different ways to paint a scarecrow face so I just did a combination of several different ones that i have seen.
I added some polka dots to his hat and used my Chalk Couture supplies to write “WELCOME” on the brim of the hat. I also added some raffia for the hair. You know I always have to add a bow to my projects so I just used some mustard colored burlap, polka dot burlap and some raffia and made a super easy and cute bow to finish off my scarecrow. Once I was all finished I did spray my scarecrow with a clear coat to seal it.
I absolutely love how this turned out so I also made a mini version to sit on my deck! What do you think? Stinkin’ cute, right?