Harvest your creativity by bringing this festive fall piece to life.
1. Download the free pattern for this project (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software).
2. Sand the plaque with medium- then fine-grit sandpaper; remove sanding dust with a tack cloth.
3. Dilute BU, PR, and RD with water and dampen the front of the plaque with water. Use a brush to stain the plaque with the diluted paints, blending paint edges. Let the paint dry.
4. Mix BU and WH; paint the front and edges of the plaque. Let the paint dry.
5. Trace the patterns from the pattern sheet onto tracing paper. Transfer the sign pattern to the plaque and paint the letters BK. Let the paint dry.
6. Dry-brush GD and PH on the letters. Refer to the photograph to paint leaves RD with OR, GD with ST, and DG with LG. Paint the cornhusk DG and the kernels ST.
7. Paint approximate 2 inch lengths of RD and OR on the narrow border, alternating, overlapping, and blending wet paint. Paint BU checks along the border.
8. To antique the plaque, dilute BU with water. Apply the diluted paint to the front of the sign and immediately wipe the paint with a cloth. Let the paint dry. Apply a second layer of antiquing, with BK diluted with water; wipe off the paint. Let the surface dry.
9. Use the chain and hammer to distress the sign, then lightly sand the painted surface to remove enough of the paint to allow some of the stain to show through. Remove the sanding dust with a tack cloth.
10. Spray several light coats of matte-finish on the surface of the plaque, allowing time for each coat to dry.
1. Shape the dogwood twig for a mouth by bending it around a spool. Hold the twig ends together with a rubber band.
2. Use the scarecrow patterns to cut one head front, one head back, and two hands from burlap, and to cut a hat from green felt. From plaid, cut a 9 x 24 inch sleeve rectangle.
3. Fold the hands along the fold and sew on the lines with black thread. Apply glue to the seam lines on the back side of each hand to prevent fraying.
4. To shape the face, use fiberfill and a needle threaded with transparent thread. Pad the nose area; then pull the needle through the sides to shape the lower nose portion. Pinch the burlap to form eyebrows; shape them with the needle and thread. Puff and shape the cheeks. Sew on button eyes. Sew the bent twig below the nose for a mouth. Shape the chin, pulling in the sides and shaping the bottom. Dry-brush BU on the nose, BK on the eyebrows, and DR on the cheeks. Highlight the button eyes with white plastic paint.
5. Right sides facing, sew the head front to the back. Turn it right side out, lightly stuff the fiberfill, and gather the burlap about 1-1/2 inches from the lower back.
6. Fold the hat in half and sew the edges together opposite the fold. Turn it to the right side and place it on the head. Cut a 27 inch-length of rope, tie it around the hat, and fray the rope ends.
7. For hair, paint rope and twine OR, BU, and RD. Let the paint dry. Cut the rope and twine into random lengths and hot-glue them to the head under the hat.
8. Right sides facing, sew together the long edges of the 9 x 24 inch plaid rectangle to form a sleeve tube. Turn the tube right side out, lightly stuff it with fiberfill, and insert the 24 inch-length of wire. Stuff the hands and tuck each sleeve end into a hand. Hand-sew the sleeve to each hand about 1/4 inch from the top of the hand. Hot-glue straw to protrude from the sleeve and hand. Tie twine around the wrist area and fray the twine ends.
9. Center the sleeve tube over the stir stick on the back of the plaque and tack it in place. Bend up the arm at the top of the plaque and bend the lower arm around the lower front edge, tack the arms in position.
10. Trace the bird and wing patterns to copper; cut out each piece. Paint the front of the pieces with black metal paint, allowing brush marks to resemble feathers. Let the paint dry.
11. Center and bend a length of copper wire around the dowel for bird legs. Cut each leg 1-1/2 inch long. For bird feet, wrap a short length of wire around the end of each leg, bending down the ends. Position and layer the dowel, bird, and wing on the plaque, and nail them in place.