With all the clay pot craft projects floating around out there does anyone even use them for plants anymore? Well, maybe, but when it comes to decorating for Halloween, you won’t be using the terra cotta pots for holding flowers. Instead, use them to make a most adorable scarecrow you can pass down from generation to generation!
You’ll need two 8″ pots to begin. In addition, you’ll need a 10″ terra cotta saucer, a 6″ pot and a 6″ saucer. Paint the two 8″ pots blue, the 6″ pot beige and the 10″ saucer red. Before painting clay pots always wipe them down with a damp cloth and allow to dry thoroughly. Terra cotta is often covered with a grit that will not enhance the appearance of the finished piece if it isn’t wiped clean.
Take one of the 8″ clay pots and set it on a flat surface. Take the second 8″ pot, turn it upside-down, and glue it to the first one. This creates the body for the scarecrow. Apply glue to the bottom of the beige pot and glue it to the two stacked pots to make the head. Turn the 10″ saucer upside-down and glue the entire scarecrow to it. Finally, glue the unpainted saucer to the top of the scarecrows head, turning it upside-down first.
Cut a piece of red felt to be about ten inches long and a couple of inches wide. Postion a small cylinder shape of stacked raffia on each short end of the felt, leaving a large gap between them where there is no raffia. Fold the felt over and over then glue it shut. Where the flat part of the felt is, glue this to the back area between the top and the middle pots. Pull the raffia-filled “arms” around to the sides and glue them to secure. Some of the raffia should be hanging out of each arm hole.
Add glue to the top saucer and position a small staw hat on it. The hat should be large enough, though, so that it covers the felt that’s wrapped around the back of the neck. Before gluing on the hat, attach pieces of raffia all the way around, then trim them to the length you want.
Cut a small bib shape from the red felt and glue it to the front area of the top blue pot to make a shirt that shows under the blue coveralls. Glue tiny buttons or pom-poms on to make a more convincing shirt. Cut tiny patches of gingham or other cloth and glue these, here and there, to the scarecrow’s outfit and hat.
Paint on a Raggedy Andy-type face by using an online picture as a guide. Glue raffia pieces between the red saucer and the first blue pot and around the neck of the scarecrow. The finished guy can stand on a table, shelf or mantle and is utterly adorable!