Make a Wood Slat Scarecrow for a fall decorations. We love the whimsical paintings by Megpie Designs and her tutorial below. We are lucky to have her share her methods for creating unique art. Her scarecrow is cheeky and he’s really simple to make, and he looks great tucked into a Fall wreath.
Materials for Wood Slat Scarecrow:
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- Loew-Cornell(TM) Woodsies(TM) Wood Slat, (sold in packages of six)
- Woodsies(TM) Craft Stick,
- Woodsies(TM) Jumbo Craft Stick,
- hash-mark background stamp,
- acrylic paints: antique gold, antique white,
- black, white, jack-o-lantern orange,
- honey brown, Sparkle Glaze,
- sponge roller, 1″ wash brush,
- 1/2″ flat brush,
- script liner brush
- brown ink pad, scrap of ribbon,
- glue gun and glue sticks
- pink powder blush and sponge dauber
- 12″ length of jute for hanging,
- Crop-o-Dile, hand drill, drill press, or hubby for drilling holes
- permanent black marker
Use sponge roller to base coat top half of wood slat antique gold; also paint the craft stick antique gold.
Attach hat brim with glue gun, then base coat the bottom half of the wood slat antique white.
Actually, what this pic shows, is that after I painted the top halves of the wood slats, I poured someantique white onto my palette and rolled the lighter color onto the bottom halves of the wood slats. Since it wasn’t enough contrast, I loaded my 1″ wash brush with antique white and repainted the bottom. Ummm … you could do this too, or you could just skip that step. Whichever!
Don’t forget to paint the backs and the sides of each slat!
Okay … I found this background stamp a few years ago. It makes the absolute “perfect”
cross-hatch pattern on my straw hats and burlap texture on my scarecrow faces. I love it!!
Here’s a pic of the top of the stamp. (and the stamp pad I used)
Rub the stamp pad over the stamp, and stamp the craft stick (hat brim)
and the top half of the scarecrow (hat) *and* I like to stamp the bottom half (the face) separately. No real reason. Just because.
Next, shade around the edges of the rectangles and the top half of the craft stick.
Dip a 1/2″ wash brush into water, then dip one corner into a small puddle of honey brown paint. Drag the brush back and forth on the palette to distribute the paint gradually …
Secure the hat brim to the hat with the glue gun.
Blush cheeks with sponge dauber and pink powder blush.
Use a stylus or the end of a paintbrush handle to dot the eyes.
Thin black paint with water to an inky consistency, and use the liner brush to paint a mouth on the scarecrow.
Use the liner brush and jack-o-lantern orange to add a triangle nose to the scarecrow.
Here’s how to make the cute black crow poking up out of the hat brim:
Paint the jumbo craft stick black. Don’t forget to paint the sides.
Use the sanding block to sand around the edges of the craft stick.
Then trim off the end of the craft stick. I like to use my Midwest Products Hobby & Craft Easy Cutter Ultimate
Dip dot the eyes with white paint.
Add smaller black dots over the white dots.
This photo (above) shows step-by-step how to paint the beak with antique gold and a script liner brush. When completely dry, brush on a coat of Sparkle Glaze.
Secure the crow to the hat with the glue gun. Make two holes in the top corners of the slat scarecrow.
Thread one end of the jute through the hole and knot the ends. Thread the other end of the jute through the second hole, creating a hanger. Tie a knot with the ribbon scrap and attach to the crow’s neck.
Use the permanent black marker to outline the hat, hat brim, and face. Outline the crow’s beak. Use thinned black paint to make eyebrows and stitch marks on the nose and mouth.
There you go and adorable hand painted scarecrow.