There’s a little bit of collaboration going on between Lindfield in Bloom and Lindfield Arts Festival.
You’ll need to watch this space to find out more but we will be asking Lindfield residents to make up a scarecrow and display it in their garden as part of the Festival in September 2018. You’ll need to let us know where you are in Lindfield so we can put a map together.
Pick up a leaflet on Village Day giving you instructions on how to make a scarecrow or see how to make a scarecrow by visiting the Lindfield in Bloom stand on The Common on 2nd June 2018.
We all remember Worzel Gummidge and the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz as well as the many songs written about scarecrows. So why not think about making your own scarecrow for your garden or allotment for the Festival week?
Apparently it’s all very straightforward! All you need is:
- 1 stake about 6ft (2m) long
- 1 stake about 3ft (1m) long
- 1 stake about 12inches (30cm) long
- Some old clothes
- A pair of tights or a pillow case
- Some straw or other filling
- Some string and/or wire
First you need to make the frame for your scarecrow. Tie the 3ft stake to the long one about 12 inches down from the top to make a cross shape. Then tie the other stake about half way down.
To make the head, fill a pillowcase or the leg of a pair of tights with straw and fashion it into a round shape. Tie the end with string and secure the ‘head’ to the top of your frame. Paint, draw or sew on some facial features.
Get your old clothes and stuff with straw. Place the shirt on the short cross piece and secure. Pull one leg of a pair of trousers onto the long stake – the other leg will hang alongside it.
Secure the waist of the trousers to the pole with some string or a belt, add a jaunty hat with some straw hair and you have your very own rustic masterpiece!
If you wish your scarecrow to survive the elements for a season or two then try sealing the straw stuffing inside 2 waterproof layers and use plenty of wire to stop your scarecrow falling apart when it’s windy.
Then place your scarecrow in a prominent position where it’ll be something of a conversation piece amongst your neighbours and visitors!
Here’s a link to SCARECROWLAND where you may get some ideas.
Visit Tony Leach for a discount on purchasing straw. [Details below]
Thanks to the Belboughton Scarecrow Festival