D.I.Y. Autumn Scarecrow Craft

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I am in love with this super adorable scarecrow craft that I made!  You may remember back earlier in October, I made a few pumpkin crafts to create a pumpkin patch.  Well, I really liked having it on display, so even though it’s now past Halloween, I decided I’m going to leave it out for Autumn decorations (not just Halloween decorations).  I also decided to take it a step further and create this little guy to watch over the pumpkin patch!

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I got the idea from Hobby Lobby project ideas.  There was a picture of a lil’ guy that looked like this, and I just took it from there, figuring out how to make him!  I’m so glad I did, because…well, look!  Now, the original craft idea was to be made from Terra Cotta pots, but I didn’t have a bunch of different size pots to make the craft, and to buy all those different sizes would have been kind of expensive, so I found some substitutes, which there are links to in the directions section under materials below!  I used paper machete pots, and I found the cutest little miniature pots made out of wood for the hands and feet.  All in all, this craft cost me less than $15.  Of course, I had the burlap, craft glue, paint, and twine on hand.  Still, it’s pretty cheap to make…especially if you actually have some terra cotta pots on hand!

The process is really quite easy, and as you can see, the result is ridiculously cute!  Makes for the perfect Autumn decoration!  Let’s get to those directions.

D.I.Y. AUTUMN SCARECROW CRAFT

Materials

  • Paper Machete Flower Pots (two sizes – 1 slightly smaller than the other)
  • Wood Miniature Flower Pots (1 package comes with 4 pots)
  • Natural Jute Twine
  • Paint mixed to be the color of Terra Cotta Pots (I mixed Orange, Red, and light brown)
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Burlap Material
  • Craft Glue (you can use any kind, but this links to my favorite, Crafter’s Pick.  It’s perfect, because it works, and it dries clear.
  • Natural Raffia
  • Permanent marker
  • Black, Orange, and White Paint for the face

Directions

1.) First things first, use your knife to cut two holes in the bottoms of both of the paper machete flower pots.

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2.) Next, you will want to paint your paper machete pots and your wooden pots a terra cotta color.  Just mix red, orange, and light brown paint together until you get the desired shade, and then paint your pots.  Let them dry completely.

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3.) Once the paint has dried, cut your burlap material in a strip that will wrap around the pot you are using as the head.  Wrap the strip snugly around the pot and use your craft glue to glue in place.

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4.) Now, you will want to cut two long pieces of twine and string them through each of the holes on the bottom of the pot that will be the body.  These will serve as the arms and legs of the scarecrow.  Once you’ve done this, you will want to string one more piece of twine through the both of the holes, with the ends of the twine coming out on the outside of the pot.  In a minute, you will use this twine to connect the head and the body.

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5.) Take a bunch of the Raffia, and use your craft glue to glue it to the body pot as shown.  Now, take the twine you strung through the holes of the body pot, and string them through the holes of the head pot.  Now, tie a knot on the inside of the head pot, in such a way that you have the head and body fitting snugly together.  Spread the raffia out, and trim appropriately.

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6.) Next, we will take care of the hands and feet.  For each hand and foot, string the end of the twine through the hole in the bottom of the pot.  Tie a knot so that the hand or foot sits where you want, and the pot won’t pull off as shown.  Use your scissors to cut off any extra twine.

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7.) Squirt a gob of craft glue in each of the hands and feet, then place a wad of raffia in each hand and foot.  Trim appropriately, and allow the craft glue to dry.

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8.) Cut two squares of burlap material and glue onto the body of the scarecrow appropriately.  Don’t worry if you see the glue through the burlap, it dries clear!

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9.) You’re almost done!  All you have left to do is paint on the face.  I did this by first drawing the face on using a permanent marker, and then I filled it in by painting using toothpicks.  Using a toothpick allows for better accuracy and less smudging.  I did the eyes using black and white paint, the nose using orange, black, and white paint, and the mouth using black paint as shown.

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10.)  All you have to do now is allow your guy to dry completely!

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Oh my gosh, so cute!!!  I kinda wanna smush him because he is so adorable! I can’t even.

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This may be one of my favorite crafts I ever made!  Enjoy! 🙂

Pumpkin Patch Craft

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Alright, I went a bit crazy with pumpkin crafts this year, but I’m glad I did, because I ended up with a nice little pumpkin patch, and it makes for the cutest Autumn decor!  You could also put these outside as halloween decorations too!  However you decide to display them, they are a lot of fun to make and turn out awesome!  I did three different posts on how to create each of the pumpkins shown in the image.  All of them are really quite easy to make, but result in a really nice looking craft!

Each of the following images links to the post on how to make that particular pumpkin.  They stand alone really nicely as well, but I love my little pumpkin patch that resulted from me being a bit overzealous with the pumpkin crafts this year!

STRINGED BEADS PUMPKIN CRAFT

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BURLAP PUMPKIN CRAFT

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BEADED PUMPKIN CRAFT

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So cute, right!  Let me know how it goes if you try any of them, and feel free to share any of your own pumpkin crafts in the comments below!

 

Burlap Pumpkin Craft

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So, here is an really easy pumpkin craft that turns out super cute.  This is another part of my “Pumpkin Patch”!  As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I went a little crazy with the pumpkins when it comes to crafts this year, so I ended up with my very own pumpkin patch!

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I have directions for each and every one of these lil pumpkins on here!  If you have the time, I suggest making them all – they make for amazing fall decor, and you can even put them out on your porch for Halloween for some “fancy” halloween decorations!  Of course, they each stand alone really well, in terms of decor, as well!

That being said, let’s talk about this burlap pumpkin!  This one is really easy to make, and thank goodness for Crafter’s Pick glue drying clear, because this takes a lot of glue, and I’m not the neatest gluer!  Ya know, though, other than the messy gluing, this craft is a lot of fun to make and is really quite easy!

BURLAP PUMPKIN CRAFT

Materials

  • Styrofoam ball (I used an 8 inch styrofoam ball)
  • Knife
  • Craft glue (I use Crafter’s Pick – it sticks great, dries clear, and is non-toxic)
  • Burlap fabric
  • Scissors
  • Orange Acrylic Paint
  • Paint sponge to apply the paint
  • Empty brown egg carton
  • Burlap string
  • Embellishments (I used some leaves and stems from some plastic flowers)

Directions

1.) The first step is to “carve” your pumpkin!  Use the knife to cut the top and bottom of the styrofoam ball, then create evenly spaced indented lines, so that your ball now looks more like a pumpkin.

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2.) Now comes the gluing!  Cut your burlap fabric into strips that will cover each section of the pumpkin and over lap into the indented lines.  Glue the burlap strips onto the pumpkin one strip at a time.

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3.) Once the glue has dried, cut out one of the tall egg dividers in the egg carton to create a stem.  Glue the stem onto the top of the burlap covered pumpkin.

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4.) Once the glue has dried, you want to paint your burlap.  To do this, use a sponge brush, and dab the paint on little by little.

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5.) After the paint has dried, put some glue on the stem and wrap the burlap string around the stem from the bottom to the top, covering it completely.  Tuck the ends in.

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6.) Place some more glue (I know!  More glue!!!) on the base of the stem and add on your embellishments.  Allow the glue to dry.

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Ta-da!  Don’t worry, once the glue dries, it will be clear (as long as you are using Crafter’s Pick), so you won’t see big globs of glue on the craft!  You’re all done!

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Enjoy! 🙂

Stringed Beads Pumpkin Craft

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Finally!  A use for all those Mardi Gras beads that I’ve collected through the years!  TOTALLY KIDDING!!!  I was out craft shopping, and saw a big bag of orange mardi gras beads on sale, so I instantly thought of my “pumpkin patch” that was developing from all the pumpkin crafts that I’ve done this year!

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I decided to make one more pumpkin craft with these beads, because the idea was just too clear in my head to let it go (plus, it was a sale – duh!)

I’m really glad I did, because this craft turns out so cute!  It looks great by itself, or with other pumpkin crafts!  Plus, it’s really easy to make!

STRINGED BEAD PUMPKIN CRAFT

Materials

  • Styrofoam ball ( I used a 6 inch styrofoam ball for this craft)
  • Knife
  • Orange mardi gras beads
  • Green Mardi gras beads
  • empty brown egg carton
  • Craft glue (I used Crafter’s Pick – it sticks great, dries clear, and is non-toxic)
  • Embellishments (I used some leaves and stems from some plastic flowers)

Directions

1.) The first step is to use a knife to cut the top and bottom of the styrofoam ball to make it more of a pumpkin shape.

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2.) The next step is to cut out one of the tall egg dividers from the carton to use as a stem.  Glue the stem on the top of the styrofoam ball, place some glue on the stem and wrap it with the green beads.  You will need to cut the bead necklace to that it is just a string of beads, not a necklace.

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3.) Let the glue dry completely.  Now you will want to cut the orange necklaces to be strings as well.  Glue the strings of beads on one at at time to cover the whole styrofoam ball.

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4.) Let the glue dry completely.  Place some glue at the base of the stem and add your embellishments.  Let the glue dry completely.

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That’s it!  Easy peasy, right?

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Enjoy! 🙂