Lifestyle expert Tanya McQueen from Lifetime’s The Picker Sisters and ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover: Home Edition is a crafty momma!
Known for beautifying things in an efficient way, the mother of 4 has a fun and interactive family project that will your kids will love this Halloween season!
Tanya teaches us how to make "Do-It-Yourself Scarecrows For Halloween!"
Using basic items like a yardstick, staple gun, paper plates, glue gun, sequins, scissors and old clothing, this really is a fun and easy project for the whole fam. Not only that, it’s a great interactive activity to bring the family together while getting into the Halloween spirit.
Trust me, as a busy mom of four I know how daunting a child friendly DIY project sounds. It involves glue guns, sequins, sewing and the inevitable pair of sharp scissors..(every mom’s nightmare). Though the thought of 'homemade' is scary, we all want to have that gold star next to our mom badge; the true display of maternal courage and creativity. So, I came across a great fall project that will have your kids smiling and you blushing with satisfaction: The 1-2-3 Spooky-ooky Scarecrow.
First off, mull the cider and add a dash of bourbon to yours, before settling in to this fall festivity. You’ll need two yardsticks per scarecrow, a staple gun, a few buttons, pipe cleaners, paper plates, glue and some yarn. The rest you can find in your closet.
1.) Take the yardstick and form a cross out of them, staple where they intersect (the great part is the yardsticks are so thin, the staples go right through them).
2.) Next, start dressing your scarecrow. Old shirts and jeans work great. You’ll need to cut a slit in the jeans to feed the end of the yardstick through.
3.) Once dressed, take the paper plates and create a face of your choice. Could be funny, scary, whatever you see for YOUR scarecrow. You can definitely utilize any spare scraps you may have around the house so great creative!
For our scarecrow, we used buttons for eyes & nose and pipe cleaners for a mouth, which came out really cute.
4.) Now it’s time to give your scarecrow hair. You can use yarn, old shoe laces, or anything else you may find around the house to give the same effect. Then you’ll staple the hair to the top of the paper plate which will be later covered by a hat, so don’t worry about it looking sloppy. The color and length are up to you, so have fun with it!
5.) Next, you’re going to staple the plate to the yardstick. You can cover the stapled area by wrapping a scarf, bandana, tie or any leftover fabric over the area. This will of course give your scarecrow more life and a flair of fashion.
Plop on a hat and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind, we-did-it-ourselves, scarecrow!
One word of advice, think about where you’re putting your scarecrow. We put ours by the front door and it 'scares' the crap out of me every night. Guess they work!! Happy Halloween!!
So much fun! And kids love crafts!
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[Images via Tanya McQueen.]
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