Build, or purchase, a scarecrow to decorate your yard for the fall season. Place him in a vegetable garden to scare away the crows. Whether you use a scarecrow for decoration, or to serve a purpose, you want him to stand upright and be seen. Secure your scarecrow to a frame that will support him and hold his shape together while he stands guard at your door, or in your garden. Your wooden scarecrow stand will be secure, and last for several seasons.
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Things you need
- Wood boards
- Twine or string
- Mallet or hammer
Measure, and cut, a wood board the length of the scarecrow from top of head to feet and add about two feet to the length of the board or dowel. This will allow the post to be placed in the ground.
Measure, and cut, a second board the width across the scarecrow, from wrist to wrist.
Lay the longer board down flat on the ground.
Position the second board to form a lower-case t, with the second board a few inches below the top of the first.
Screw one of the screws into the crossing board, and through to the long board.
Screw the second screw an inch or so away from the first, and slightly above or below the first. This second screw will keep the two boards from twisting.
Place the scarecrow, face down, on the ground.
Place the bottom of the long board into one leg of the scarecrow. Slide it down until it sticks out of the trousers leg.
Tie the cuffs of the scarecrow's arms to the crossing board with twine or string. Tie the leg to the board also, to secure. Tie the other leg close.
Poke the board coming out of the pant leg into the ground to anchor and stand the scarecrow. Use a mallet or hammer to pound the top of the long board into the ground.
Tie the head to the top of the long board with twine or string, under the shirt collar. Cover with the shirt or straw.
Tips and warnings
- Use straight boards for an upright scarecrow frame.
- Anchor the head further by hammering a nail through the rim of the scarecrow's hat into the top of the board.
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