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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Stalk and Husk Scarecrow

This was one of my all time favourite things to make when I was a child. I always used corn husks to make dolls or scarecrows (some dressed in gown others wearing pants) but you can also use dried leaves as I did here

Soak leaves or husks in luke warm water

Soak leaves or husks in lukewarm water

Soaking the leaves make them more pliable.

Soaking the leaves make them more pliable

Blot the leaves dry.

Blot the leaves dry.

Stack the leaves.

Set two leaves aside for the arms and stack the rest of the leaves so that all the stalks face in the same direction,

For the head:

Tie the leaves with raffia

Tie the leaves with raffia

Variation:

It you want the scarecrow to have bushy leaf hair

Rip the leaf ends with a pin.

Rip the leaf ends with a pin.

Soak a cottonball in tea.

Soak a cotton ball in tea to stain it brown. Set aside to dry

Open the leaves just below the knot and slip the cotton ball in

Open the leaves just below the knot and slip the cotton ball in

Tie the leaves just below the ball for a neck.

Tie the leaves just below the ball for a neck.

Variation:

It you want the scarecrow to no hair or want to glue on hair

Roll the leave ends and fold the leaf over the ball.

Roll the leave ends (no need to rip them) into a ball and open the leaves just below the knot. Fold the leaves over the ball.

Gather the leaves together to shape the head.

Gather the leaves together to shape the head.

Tie the head with raffia.

Tie the head with raffia.

The body:

Separate the leaves.

Divide the leaves into two and separate.

Place the leaves on a flat surface.

Place the two leaves that was kept for the arms on a flat surface.

Roll the leaves length wise.

Roll the leaves length wise.

Slip the rolled leaves into the leave stack

Slip the rolled leaves into the leave stack

Tie the body with raffia

Tie the body with raffia

Tie the wrist with raffia.

Tie the wrist with raffia.

The legs are next.
Variation:

You must now decide whether you want a doll or scarecrow. For a doll:

For the doll just cut the leaves straight and fluff out to create a skirt.

For the doll just cut the leaves straight and fluff out to create a skirt.

Variation:

For a scarecrow wearing pants

Divide the leaf stalks into two

Divide the leaf stalks into two

Tie the legs with raffia.

Tie the legs with raffia.

Tie a cross-over pattern at the arms and body

Tie a cross-over pattern at the arms and body

Cut the leaves shorter to create hands.

Cut the leaves shorter to create hands.

Rip the end of the leaves with a needle.

Rip the end of the leaves with a needle.

Fluff out the ripped leaves.

Fluff out the ripped leaves to give the hands volume

Scarecrow.

That is how you make a basic Scarecrow

But I wanted my scarecrow to be relaxing in a field of grass...

Fold the legs and secure with a drop of glue.

Place the scarecrow on a flat surface. Fold the legs at the "knees". Cross one leg over the other and secure it with a drop of glue. I used butterfly hair clips (see Tutorial below) to keep the legs in position while the wood glue dries

Fold the arms up and secure with glue.

Fold the arms up and secure with glue. Again, clip the leaves with butterfly hair clips while the glue dries

Set aside while the glue dries

Set aside while the glue dries

For the tiny book:

Cut the leaf straight

Use the left-over bits of leaf that was cut away when shaping the hands to make the book. Cut a few rectangles with a thick vain in the middle

Pour out a few drops of glue

Pour out a few drops of glue in the middle vain line

Layer the leaves

Layer the leaves

For the little woven grass hat:

Roll the raffia.

Roll the raffia...

Raffia coil.

into a tight coil

Press the coil to spiral out.

Secure the end of the raffia with glue and press the coil to spiral out.

For the brim of the hat:

Pin a section of raffia to Styrofoam

Pin a section of raffia to Styrofoam

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Spiral the raffia around pinning the strands as you go

Secure the spiral with glue

Pour out a few drops of wood glue and spread it to secure the spiral. Set aside to dry

Remove the pins.

Remove the pins.

Lift the spiral

Lift the spiral and carefully remove it from the Styrofoam

Wrap a raffia ring.

Wrap a raffia ring.

Glue the tiny hat

Glue the tiny hat

Glue on the book

Place the book and secure with a drop of glue

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Glue in a tiny grass for the scarecrow to chew on.

Glue snippets of raffia for hair.

Glue snippets of raffia for hair

Fluff out and roughen up the raffia hair bits to look wind blown

Fluff out and roughen up the raffia hair bits to look wind blown

Add a few seedpods for the eyed and nose

Add a few seedpods for the eyed and nose

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Tutorials

18 January 2012 Butterfly hairclip claws to hold twigs in place while glue dries

Butterfly hair clips are the perfect little claws to help you hold tiny items in place while you wait for glue to dry

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