How to Make a Scarecrow out of Recyclables

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How to Make a Scarecrow out of Recyclables
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Recyclables are items that can be used again after they have served their original purpose. A few examples of these items include newspapers, cardboard, aluminium cans, plastic containers and scrap materials. Instead of buying materials to make crafts with, you can use recyclables and save money. It's also an effective way to help the environment. Besides that, it's a lot of fun to use your imagination to create fun things out of items that would normally be thrown away.

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Things you need

  • Scrap wood
  • 16 by 16 foot base piece
  • 4-foot long, 1-inch thick stick
  • 3-foot long, 1-inch thick stick
  • Hammer
  • Small nails
  • Empty box or plastic milk jug
  • Paint
  • Yoghurt container lid
  • Paint brush
  • Plastic grocery bag
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Nylon stockings, newspaper, plastic soda bottles, paper towel rolls

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  1. 1

    Lay the 3 foot long stick (the scarecrow arms) across the 4 foot long stick so it's perpendicular and even on both sides. Move it down about 6 to 8 inches from the top, then nail it into place.

  2. 2

    Position the bottom of the 4 foot long stick so one end is flat against the middle of the base to create the scarecrow's body. Nail the stick securely to the base.

  3. 3

    Make a head for the scarecrow. Use a recyclable like an empty box or a clean plastic milk jug, for example. Paint a nose and a mouth on the scarecrow head. Make ears by cutting a yoghurt lid in half and gluing them on the sides of the head. Make hair by cutting a plastic grocery bag into strips and gluing the strips on.

  4. 4

    Attach the scarecrow head to the top of the body stick. If you use a recyclable that's flat, position it in front of the stick and nail it in place. To attach an item like a box, slide the open end down over the stick. Nail the back side to the stick. Or slide a milk jug over the stick and glue it in place.

  5. 5

    Make a body for the scarecrow. The easiest way to do this is to flatten out a box, or use a piece of stiff cardboard. Cut the material out into the shape of a dress for a lady scarecrow, or a pair of overalls for a guy scarecrow. Position the body so it's centred over the longer stick and nail it into place. You can paint designs on the cardboard, like patches or pictures of animals, or leave it plain.

  6. 6

    Make arms by using old nylon stockings stuffed with newspaper, plastic soda bottles or paper towel rolls. If you use nylon stockings, glue the backside of the stockings to the wood, or slide them over the wood with the newspaper providing padding around the wood. If you use plastic soda bottles, cut the bottoms off 2 soda bottles. Slide the bottles over the arm sticks and glue or nail them on. If you use the paper towel rolls, just slide them over the art sticks and glue or nail them so they are securely fastened.

Tips and warnings

  • You can paint the arms and body of the scarecrow if you choose, to add more colour to it.

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