I love these scarecrow/snowmen, or “snowcrows” as I have come to call them! They are so cute! And since we have been making them, I have been noticing them around everywhere. Ours are a little different than most because they have a stand. You can leave off the stand if you choose, and just prop your “snowcrow” against a wall, but I like these because you can stand them anywhere. Here’s the tutorial so you can make one for yourself!
Materials and Tools Needed:
-You can use any kind of wood, but (we used 5 1/2 x 5/8 old privacy fence boards).
-1 1/4 screws
-black, white and off-white or khaki paint
-black, orange, blue-green and off-white paint pens
-burlap ribbon, flowers, wooden cut-outs of your choice for trim
- Cut all boards to length: You will need: 3 of the 5 1/2 x 5/8 boards cut to 36″ long (this will be the body of the snowcrow); 2 boards 2 1/2 x 5/8 x 21″ long (this will be the hat brims); 2 boards 1 1/2 x 5/8 x 15 1/2″ long (this will be the strip that holds the body boards together at the bottom). Base: 2 boards 5 1/2 x 5/8 x 20″ long. 2 boards 1 1/4″ x 5/8″ x 10 1/2″ (If you want to cut the last at 45 degree angles, this looks really good.)
- Sand all boards/edges, using a circular finish sander, or any kind of palm sander. I use a DeWalt 5″ sander.
- Assemble the body: by laying all three boards down side by side, making sure they are square across the bottom. (You can do this by butting them up to a wall or straight edge by your work surface.) Lay the 1 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ strip across the three boards flush with the bottom and screw it to the three boards, one screw per board. Flip over and repeat on back side using your remaining 1 1/2 x 15 1/2″ strip. (You may find it necessary to pre-drill the strip with 1/8″ drill to prevent wood from splitting.)
- Add Hat brims: Place your 2 1/2″ x 21″ long strips at an angle (make a mark 6″ from the top of the body on one side, and another mark 10″ from the top of the body on the other side.) Line the top edge of the strip up with these markings as a guide to find the correct angle for the brim. Make sure the strip is even on each side and screw it onto the body, using one screw per board.
- Assemble Base: Lay boards that are 5 1/2″ x 20″ side by side, then use your 1 1/4″ x 10 1/2 strips to put them together. (Strip ends 45 degree angle optional.)
6. Attach base to body: Center body on base; screw base to body from the bottom.
7. Now for the fun part! Painting your snowcrow!
Use painter’s tape to protect what you don’t want painted, spray paint the snowman side of the hat black. I don’t paint the scarecrow side of the hat, but you can if you want to. Once that is dry, tape again, and paint the snowman side white and the scarecrow side a nice off-white, tan or khaki color. A dark yellow-gold would even be cute. Once this is done you are ready to do the trim work.
8. Use burlap ribbon or whatever you have on hand for the hat band, attaching one end to one side using hot glue, staples, or both, and then pull it across to attach to the other side. Once this is done, use a little more hot glue to make sure the hat band is laying flat against the board. You can add a flower, wooden cut-out or a bit of raffia for accent on the hat band.
After you get the main parts painted in black, you can embellish with other colors. I use some off-white to accentuate the eyes of both and a little blue-green in the scarecrow’s eyes. The carrot nose of the snowman is free handed with an orange paint pen.
Finish up with a bow-tie or scarf for your snowman, and you’re all set!
Hope your snowman/scarecrow…”SNOWSCROW” project turns out great! If you run into problems, please let me know if the comments and we will see what we can do to clarify. And remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect! Any little bobbles in the painting add character and give your snowscrow a personality all its own. Happy crafting!