From the November 2015 issue

Mini Scarecrow Centerpieces

Hosting the big Thanksgiving dinner? It’s a ton of work! But if you have crafters-in-training at your house, you’ve got a team who can take one item off your list: decorations. Set a cute, harvest-themed table by having the kids make these small centerpieces. Each pot can be customized to reflect your child’s personality and scarecrow-accessorizing skills. Fall miniatures and artificial flowers add character to keepsake that can be sent home once the turkey is all gone.

Materials

  • Small flowerpots
  • Small Styrofoam balls (sized to fit snuggly in pot)
  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Stiff craft felt (your choice of colors)
  • Wooden craft discs (1.25-inch)
  • Brown giftwrap paper krinkle
  • Assorted fine-tip markers
  • Scissors
  • Miniatures, artificial flowers, other small accessories
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • All-purpose glue
  • Raffia ribbon (your choice of color)

Directions

  1. Insert the Styrofoam into your flowerpot. You’ll use this ball as a base to add the scarecrow and decorations.
  2. The wooden craft disc will be the scarecrow’s face. Add eyes, nose and a mouth to one side. After that, cut very small pieces of raffia ribbon and glue to both sides of the disc to create the scarecrow’s bangs and hair on the back of its head. Let dry.
  3. Cut out a small pair of pants and a shirt for the scarecrow from the stiff craft felt. Have fun experimenting with different styles. Don’t forget a small hat!
  4. Using the hot glue gun, assemble the scarecrow on the craft stick. Add the hat to its head, and then the head to one end of the stick. Next, add the shirt and then pants right below. Let glue cool; pull away any loose glue strings.
  5. Back over at the flowerpot, pick the spot where you’d like your scarecrow to live in the “field.” Stick into the Styrofoam ball. Add any additional decorations, like artificial flowers and plants, that are on a stem at this time.
  6. Add the giftwrap crinkle to the pot, covering up the Styrofoam ball. Add more to keep the ball from wiggling if it’s a bit small in the pot.

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