Scarecrow making is an idyllic autumn project. Turn it into a party and a fun contest among friends and you’ll have an event that guests of all ages will enjoy. As a bonus, everyone leaves the party with a cute, one-of-a-kind fall display.
Hosting the Party
For this outdoor project, you’ll need to allot ample space outside for each person, couple or family to assemble their scarecrow. If you don’t have access to a spacious country barn, a carport or canopy set-up will work for a small group.
Once you’ve chosen the location, you’ll need these materials to construct the scarecrows:
Guests Will Bring
When preparing invitations or flyers for the event ask guests to bring items to dress their scarecrow, such as: jeans, plaid or denim shirt, suspenders, vest, overalls, bandana, dress and apron, hair, straw hat, cap, scarf or bonnet. (Shop the local thrift store or yard sales for clothing and accessories.)
Guests will make and decorate their scarecrow’s head in advance and bring it to the party. The head can be a stuffed pillowcase, covered Styrofoam, or a large painted gourd with a small hole cut in the bottom. Hair can be fashioned from corn-husks, leaves, raffia, moss, corduroy fabric, yarn, a string mop, or a wig. Browse your local hobby and craft store for creative ideas.
Description of Featured Scarecrows:
Raggedy Ann Scarecrow
Her hair was a string mop that I dyed red. I used colored markers and drew the eyes, nose and mouth on a large gourd that I used for her head. I cut a small hole at the small end of the gourd to fit over the vertical bamboo pole, to keep it in place. Raggedy Ann wore a dress topped with a colorful vest and apron. A loose fitting flannel nightgown makes a durable dress for Miss Scarecrow. Just stuff the top half with straw, tie at the waist with a apron.
Bradley Boy Scarecrow. I used a pillow case for the head. Craft eyes were glued on the face and an old monopoly piece was hand stitched onto the face for the nose. Brown corduroy fabric was used for his hair. I cut the edges of the fabric to resemble bangs.
Assembling the Scarecrow and Stand
For each scarecrow:
Judging the Scarecrows
Once all the scarecrows are dressed and assembled it’s time to line them up for judging. A blue ribbon and a couple of judges make it a real contest of creativity. Ask two or three people that will not be making scarecrows to do the judging. It’s also a good idea for the judges not to know who made each scarecrow until the judging is final.
Take plenty of photos of the crew with their scarecrows, to record the event and get ideas for next year. Guests can come dressed like scarecrows too with the help of a little face paint, a flannel shirt, jeans and a straw hat. This memorable event will be one that everyone will want to repeat for years to come.
About the Author:
Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living and the author of the healthy fresh from the blender recipe book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She is a freelance writer for the Farmers' Almanac and Chiropractic Economics magazine and author of the book, Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success. Check out Lowell and Deborah's super sturdy and handsome DIY Gardening Potting Bench Plans.
Misinformation, unfounded myths or fear of the unknown deters some people from seeking chiropractic care. Maybe you’ve heard some things about chiropractic and would like help sorting the fact from the fiction. We hope to debunk the myths and relay the truth about chiropractic.
Truth #1 - Chiropractors are real doctors.
Chiropractic physicians are highly qualified health professionals that serve a vital role in natural health care. To earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, undergraduate college studies are completed, and followed by an extensive 4 to 5 year graduate program of study at an accredited chiropractic college. Doctors of chiropractic must then pass a national board exam and a state board exam in order to practice. Chiropractors continue to stay abreast of the latest scientific research findings and techniques by attending instructional seminars and meeting continuing education, licensing renewal requirements.
Truth #2 – Chiropractic isn’t just for people with back pain.
Studies have found chiropractic adjustments to be more effective in relieving back and neck pain than exercise or medication, and with no adverse side effects. Yet the health benefits and goal of chiropractic aren’t limited to pain relief. Chiropractors identify the source of the problem in an effort to improve your health. Understanding how the nervous system regulates the activity and function of every cell, tissue, organ and system in your body, chiropractors examine the vertebrae for misalignments and make corrective adjustments, which improves nerve function, and boosts your body’s natural ability to perform optimally and to heal itself from within.
Truth #3 – Chiropractic is safe and effective.
Chiropractic is a safe, noninvasive, drug-free approach that works naturally and effectively without harmful side effects! Chiropractic patients often experience immediate relief of pressure, stiffness, pain and other symptoms after receiving an adjustment. In fact, chiropractic patients greatly appreciate the gained flexibility, mobility and range of motion. Many patients also report an increase in energy, better concentration and quality of sleep once they start chiropractic care.
Truth #4 – Once treatment is started, you’ll want to continue.
After a thorough evaluation, your chiropractor will establish a treatment program tailored to your specific health issues. Practice members typically look forward to each adjustment and remain in chiropractic maintenance care once they’ve realized the vast health benefits and experienced an improved quality of life. Chiropractic is like participating in an exercise program, without sweat or strain on your part. As long as you remain in the program, your health continues to improve, and you look and feel better too. It’s the chiropractic lifestyle. The choice is yours!
Thanks to Dr. Frank Kaden of Kaden Chiropractic in Hermosa Beach, CA for supplying us with the chiropractic adjustment photo for this article.
Gardening is gaining serious momentum as informed consumers become more active in their quest to put the best food possible on the dinner table. If growing flowers, herbs or ornamental plants is your passion, gardening provides a great outlet for reducing stress, while you create and enjoy a beautiful outdoor oasis. One thing that every gardener can use and appreciate is a sturdy potting table with an ample surface to plant seeds in starter trays or transfer potted plants to larger containers. Lowell designed and built the sturdy and attractive potting table that's featured in this article. The potting table is gardening central, a place to organize your gardening tools, potting and planting supplies, and to work efficiently.
8 ways to organize your potting bench and gardening supplies -
Repurpose a clothes hamper as a storage bin for gardening supplies. To keep the potting table area organized and attractive I placed a vintage metal clothes hamper next to my potting table. It is one that I rescued from a neighbor’s curbside discards. If you can’t locate a metal one at a flea market or junk store, a weather resistant wicker hamper would also be suitable for the task. Spray paint it to match your bench. Stock the hamper with bags of potting soil, perlite, sand, plant food, or fertilizer. Keep a coffee cup or scoop inside the bag of potting soil to scoop out the soil.
Handled Wood Tool Boxes
When it’s time to prune, plant or weed the garden, fill a wood handled tool box with garden gloves , seed packets and hand tools to conveniently carry to your flower bed or garden site.
Gardening Calendar To-Do List
Organize your planting and gardening projects with a calendar, you keep handy on the potting table. Staple a seed packet to the corresponding month for each type of flower, fruit, or vegetable that needs to be planted. Also, make notations on your calendar as to what month you need to purchase additional seeds or plants, and when it’s time to harvest, mulch and fertilize the lawn and plants.
File Box Seed Organizer and Storage
Keep a file box on the bottom shelf of your potting table filled with hanging file folders with dividers for each month of the year that you garden. File seed packets under the month they should be planted. Store your gardening calendar and planting guides in the file box too for quick reference.
Hand Tool Storage Pot
To keep garden hand tools from rusting, fill a small bucket or attractive garden pot without drainage holes with sand. Add ¼ cup of motor oil. Stir to combine. Wipe your hand tools clean and insert into the sand after using.
Organize and store your small garden hand tools and supplies in a portable toolbox on your potting table. Keep a pair of scissors or a pocket knife in the tool box to cut open bags of potting soil and fertilizer. A measuring tape will also come in handy when spacing plants as you transfer them to the garden or flower bed. Your toolbox should also be stocked with a hand pruner, garden snips, hand trowel, hand cultivator, hand hoe, tool sharpener, and gardening knife. To prevent hand tools from rusting, place a charcoal briquette or a muslin bag filled with kitty litter inside the toolbox to absorb moisture.
When gardening season is in full swing, you want your hand tools and supplies close at hand. Install several cup hooks on one end of the gardening bench to keep a hand trowel, garden snips, hand whisk broom, rags, and gardening gloves within quick reach.
Stainless Steel Tray or Bowl
Quality stainless steel trays and bowls will not rust and are easy to sanitize, thus are ideal for use on the potting bench. A large stainless steel bowl recessed in the surface of the table allows you to collect loose potting soil when transferring plants to larger containers. Or you can use a large stainless steel tray to catch soil when potting plants, so none goes to waste.
About the Author:
Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living and the author of the healthy fresh from the blender recipe book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She is a freelance writer for the Farmers' Almanac and author of the book, Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success.
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