Since Baba started on his garden we have regularly been looking on Pinterest for ideas and inspiration for the garden. Quite a few times we have across a tin can scarecrow, we have seen a few variations of this idea and Baba has loved them all and since he saw the first one on Pinterest he has wanted his own version for his vegetable patch.
So the saving of tin cans started and we pulled a few favours from some friends and got the saving tin cans too. Within a couple of days we had enough tin cans to have our first attempt at the scarecrow.
We decided we wouldn’t make a massive one, just a small version, firstly to see how easy it was to make and secondly to see if it actually worked.
It was fiddly there was no denying that and actually Baba couldn’t do a lot to help apart from decide what can should go where and how the scarecrow would look in the end.
I had to use a nail and hammer and bang holes into each can, then thread the string through each hole and tie the cans together.
It was fiddly getting the string through the holes, and it was quite hard tying knots in the string and holding the cans together. It was possible to do, but it wasn’t something that little seven-year old hands could do as I was too concerned about him cutting his hands on the tins to be honest.
But it didn’t take that long and within 45 mins from start to finish we had the basic scarecrow look.
We then found one of daddies funnels that was lurking in the cupboard that is full of the stuff that never gets used, and spray painted it a green and tied this to the top can to make it a hat for the scarecrow.
It really was that simple.
Within less than an hour we had a scarecrow that was a perfect little size for our perfect little vegetable patch, and it actually stood up and stands in the garden very well.
We have a couple of things that we still need to do, make the scarecrows face and give him a name tag, as his name is Bob so Baba is going to stamp him his own name tag tomorrow after school.
But the main part of him is done and it is actually a really cool thing to do with the kids, and Baba was fascinated that you can cook using a can then turn the can into a scarecrow protecting all the seeds you are trying to grow to eat yourself. A complete circle!