My boyfriend’s parents have a large vegetable plot in a community garden, but no scarecrow….we couldn’t have that! I scoured Pinterest for ideas for a traditional scarecrow and along the way, I found some cute photos of tin can and recycled material scarecrows. How fun is that?
So, I started saving cans and asked a friend with a restaurant to save me a couple of large cans. After cleaning them and removing labels, I had a pretty good pile so I could start designing my little tin man.
After drilling holes in the bottoms of the cans, I used wire and screws to secure them to one another. For additional security, the seams were sealed too. There is a good tutorial for this here: https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/better-homes-gardens/diy/h/18048897/how-to-make-a-scarecrow-scare-bot-style/
Using a old water hose, I cut a long piece and ran a coat hanger through it so that I could bend the hose and make it look like the little man is watering the garden. The “water” is made by stringing clear plastic beads on a wire and attaching it to the coat hanger inside the end of the hose. Saw this awesome idea here: http://www.hometalk.com/195847/yard-art-recycling
I painted the whole thing with acrylic paints and then gave it several coats of a clear spray-on sealer. The bandana and hat were in an old box of play hats and items my son had when he was little.
In keeping with the recycled theme, I used a leftover piece of a metal transition strip (that piece that is used to transition between tile and carpet). It fit perfectly and I was able to screw it easily and securely to the back of the little man.
I placed him in my front flower bed just to adjust the angle of the water hose and snap a few pics.
I gave the Tin Can Scarecrow to my boyfriend’s mother on Thanksgiving and she really liked him! We think he will be a popular addition to her community garden!
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