Scare Away Garden Pests with your Very Own Scarecrow
Make Your Very Own Scarecrow
Farmers have been using scarecrows for at least 3000 years. Scarecrows were used by Ancient Eourgyptians along the Nile to scare birds away from wheat crops. Farmers hid in their fields, and would scare the crows themselves, into nets hung between poles. Once the birds, were caught, the farmers could bide their time and take the birds home for dinner. This puts the phrase “killing two birds with one stone”, into a whole new perspective.
As time passed farmers got smarter, and figured out that they could utilize the human form to scare away birds without actually having to be present in the fields. Thus, the scarecrow that we are all familiar with, was born.
Today, you can also make a garden scarecrow to keep garden pests from eating your crop. Just follow our easy instructions below:
- Nails or Screws
- Old Clothing
- Pillow Case
- Thick Twine
- Nylon String
- Milk Jug
- Stuffing Material (Newspapers, hay, grocery bags etc.)
- Pick the perfect area in the garden to set up your scarecrow. The best places are where you may have already noticed pests. If you’re not sure where pests have been concentrating their efforts, choose a centralized location in your garden.
- You can utilize an old tree stump or a wooden stake as a base for the scarecrow.
- Gather the old clothes you’ve selected together, as well as the stuffing material. Adding accessories like a hat and scarf, is optional, but fun.
- Stuff an old pillowcase with hay in order to make the head. An old milk jug will also work just fine, but a pillowcase will create the traditional “scarecrow look”.
- Stuff the scarecrow’s “body” with the stuffing you’ve selected and tie the ends of the sleeves securely with twine. Hay is generally the best for providing the country scarecrow look. If you use hay, leave some of the hay sticking out from the sleeves.
- You can attach your scarecrow to the base and pole by using nails or screws. Some people use hooks or old coat hangers. The choice is yours.
Making a scarecrow is an easy and fun project for families to work on together. Children will enjoy creating scarecrows and learning about how scarecrows were used throughout the ages. This is a great hands on learning experience for everyone.