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Make your own festive and fun scarecrow Print E-mail

You don't need a vegetable patch to make a scarecrow this autumn - just make one for fun with your kids!

You will need:

• Old clothes (preferably kids clothes, and the smaller the better) and hat

• Two garden canes

• Paper bag

• String

• Straw, old plastic bags or

• newspaper

• Needle and thread

• Sticky tack


Lay out the clothes flat on the ground. If you are using separate trousers and top (we used dungarees) they will need to be roughly sewn together.

Stuff the clothes with the straw.

Draw a face on the paper bag and then fill it with straw. Put the bag over the end of one of the garden canes and tie around the neck to secure.

Push the cane though the body of the scarecrow (you may need to make a small hole between the legs for the cane to come through). A blob of sticky tack underneath will keep it in position and stop it sliding down the cane. Push the other cane through the arms.

Push the cane into the ground so your scarecrow stands up. Finally add an old hat.

Remember that your scarecrow isn't weatherproof!



Get crafty with an easy fall paper-leaf wreath decoration Print E-mail

Create a beautiful paper holiday wreath inspired by autumn leaves. A pair of pinecones attached to a bow makes a charming accent.


• Leaf Template

• newspaper

• 20- and 24-gauge wire

• Pipe cleaners

• Glue gun

• Craft glue

• Wire cutters

• Ribbon

• Pinecones

• Drill


• Step 1 -  Trace leaf template onto papers and cut out.

• Step 2 - Cut 5-inch strips of the 24-gauge wire.

• Step 3 - Attach the wire onto the paper with glue gun. Then, using the craft glue, apply all over the leaves. Place another leaf on top like a sandwich.

• Step 4 - When all leaves are glued and dried, cluster three together and twist the ends of the wires together to secure.

• Step 5 - When all the clusters are done, cut a 47-inch length of the 20-gauge wire and fold in half, twisting together. When done, it should be shaped like a horseshoe, and will serve as your base.

• Step 6 - Starting at one end, wrap pipe cleaners around until all wire is covered.

• Step 7 - Take a cluster of leaves and start one inch from the middle. Attach the first cluster by wrapping the wires around the base until secured. Snip off excess wire.

• Step 8 - Keep adding clusters every few inches or so until it starts to take on the form of a wreath. When one side is done, repeat on other side.

• Step 9 - Drill holes in the pinecones; add a piece of wire, and twist together until pinecones are secured. Apply a small amount of hot glue to the sides of the pinecones to make them stay together, then place them in the small space left at the top of your wreath.

• Step 10 - Tie the ribbon. (We suggest using wired ribbon, which can be shaped. You can also coffee-stain and burn ribbon to create an aged effect.) Poke an 8-inch piece of 20-gauge wire through the back of the ribbon and bring the ends of the wire together, twisting a few times to secure. Then place on top of wreath above pinecones, twisting again to secure. Make your loop.

• Step 11 - Shape your wreath and position your leaves. If you have any extra leaves, add them where needed to fill in the wreath.



Fall Craft Ideas 10-2 Print E-mail

Nutty Boats

Set sail with this quick and easy craft - From FamilyFun Magazine

Hold a regatta on your tabletop with these simple walnut ships whose colorful leaf sails come courtesy of the fall season.


• Walnut shell

• Leaf

• Twig

• Clay

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour


For each, you'll need an intact half of a walnut shell (see our tip below).

Thread a leaf onto a twig for a mast and a sail. Secure the mast to the inside of the shell with a small ball of clay.


To open a walnut without breaking the shell (an adult's job), hold it steady on a cutting board, insert the tip of a flat head screwdriver or a butter knife into the flat end of the seam, and carefully pry the halves apart.


Pine Cone Swag

Welcome Thanksgiving guests with this bright seasonal decoration - by Deborah Way From Family Fun Magazine

Add rustic cheer to your front door with a colorful gathering of painted Pine cones.


• Pine cones

• Acrylic paint

• Pliers

• Wire nippers

• 18-gauge copper wire

• Hot glue

• Fabric ribbon

Total Time Needed: Afternoon Or Evening


Pine Cone Swag Thanksgiving Craft Step 1 Collect several large pine cones and dab some of them with acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry.

Use pliers and wire nippers to twist 18-gauge copper wire into a 1-inch loop for each Pine cone. Hot-glue the rings to the stem ends of the pine cones, taking care to cover the pointy ends of the wire in glue, as shown.

Tie varying lengths of ribbon to the rings, then tie all the ribbons together in a knot at the top.




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