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I had a thought yesterday when considering utility for an old mop.
What with one found thing and another -- and liberal use of cable ties -- a Scare Crow was born, already with attitude.
I'm gonna ask the kids to bring ribbons of torn cloth to tie on the figure. That way many different personalised colours will waft in the breeze.

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Comment by Dave Riley on August 19, 2016 at 15:24

Last year we made 3 scarecrows. The session was supposed to be taken by a friend of mine who had been to 'scarecrow workshops'  and I gotta say the DIY she left me

with was a cumbersome build.(pictured)

Thick bamboo lashed to thick bamboo! No elbows.Wobbly head attachments. 

But hey! These scarecrows made the front page of the local paper...

This is better with all parts replaceable. 

Mop + wire in hose + plastic trellis mesh cutoff + red shade cloth + a couple of tiles + 2 plastic plant pots + twigs + cable ties. With a dab or two of hard-as-nails. 

When I was running puppet making workshops in schools I'd use similar mixes -- but I relied on bamboo skewers bundled up and reshaped with masking tape. As with all animations the eyes rule. 

Elevated a tad, with streamers hanging off this little number should take off.Last year I used felt cut outs to give expression.

But the simple cross sticks is really a limited figuration as is stuffed hessian bags for heads.

So if you have an old mop about the place....animate it.

My wife does the bird baths: LINK . She did one for the school garden, using the school's logo,  but we haven't installed it yet.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on August 19, 2016 at 14:04

Oh Dave, She is just Elegant and with Ribbons in her Hair and on her Arms so will look like a Princess.

Comment by Rob Collings on August 19, 2016 at 13:21

LOL, It scared me! Nice work Dave and awesome way to get young ones in on another gardening angle.

I noted when the first beds went in at Millen farm Samford, I saw huge numbers of parrots getting into the beds, not too sure what they were after as it did not seem to be the lettuce which had been planted out. All my observations were made when driving past, therefore from a distance.

The birds were always there. As soon as a scarecrow was erected (very human in form, no facial features), the parrots ceased to visit. It was and still is extremely effective from observations while driving pass the plot. Another scarecrow has come along and provided company for the first just recently.

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on August 19, 2016 at 12:06

Love the scare crow, great way to up cycle old mops - love the bird bath beside it

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 19, 2016 at 10:39

So cool! Whatever did we do before cable ties? ;-)

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