Fun craft projects
5. Straw Hat Scarecrow Craft
Harvest time brings thoughts of cornfields, apple cider, pumpkin
patches and scarecrows. Many communities around the world
celebrate the harvest holiday which is also known as
Thanksgiving. In Korea it is called Chu-Suk and in India it is
known as Kerla Onam. In all of these counties, the harvest
holiday is dedicated as a time to give thanks to their ancestors or
to God for the harvest. This tradition is enjoyed by Hindus,
Muslims and Christians alike. Because the scarecrow is thought to ward off predators that would
take the harvest it is an important symbol. Using two straw hats, it is easy to make an adorable
scarecrow to dress up you home for the harvest season.
You will need the following supplies for this craft:
1 Large Straw Hat
Natural Colored Raffia
1 Small Straw Hat
Permanent Black Marker or Paint Pen
Hot Glue Gun
Decorative Crafting Ribbon (3 yards)
Dried Wheat Sprig and Silk Flowers
Flesh Color or Off-White
1" or 2" Sponge Brush
Red and other Harvest Colors
Med. Stipple Brush
Clear Coat Spray Sealer
1. Start by cutting the small straw hat in two right down the middle leaving half the brim and crown
of the hat on one side and half on the other side. You will only need one side for this craft.
2. Next, paint the crown of the large straw hat flesh color or off-white using your sponge brush.
This will be the scarecrow's face. Do not paint the brim of the large hat, leave it the natural
straw color to match the small straw hat.
3. After the paint has dried, paint on the rest of the scarecrows facial features. This part can be as
easy or as advanced as you want it to be. For a simple scarecrow, painting the nose red or
orange in the shape of a triangle. (pointy end up) Eyes can be oval or triangle-shaped as well.
Always allow one color of paint to dry before applying the next. To paint the cheeks, use a dry
stipple brush and work off most of the red paint blotting it on a paper towel. Using a pouncing
motion gently pounce the cheeks in a circular motion. Feather lightly around the edges.