Sunday, October 2, 2011

Meet Gertrude...Our Tin Can Scarecrow

Meet Gertrude...

She's sweet and quite stylish...and helps me EVERYDAY in the garden.

She keeps those birds away...
and tells them where to go {our hens pay her no mind}.
Tim thinks Gertie might like to boogie and that this is her John Travolta move:).

She just means business.

We made her from recycled cans, a garbage pail, chicken wire, and metal roofing.
The idea came from Mary Jane Butter's book, MaryJane's Ideabook.
After collecting all of the materials, it is a really fun Fall afternoon project and the possibilities are endless.
I was inspired after my friend Kimberlee made her tin can scarecrow girl...and HAD to borrow her metal roofing idea:).

I used 1x2 pieces for her body and arms and screwed on each tin can.
I left enough 1x2 to secure Gertie into the ground. Mary Jane used a pitch fork so that the scarecrow could be moved from place to place.

Her hair is another coffee can with the top removed. 
I cut strips and then curled her hair.
Much better than sticking straight up:).

Gertie's skirt is a garbage can with metal roofing extending it to the floor.
She's modest...
in spite of the Travolta moves.

We added a little frou~frou apron of sorts with chicken wire.
It gives Gertie that fashion edge along with a little lace to compliment her garden gloves.

Her belt is another strip of metal roofing.

 Gertie has been a fun addition to our garden!
She is a hard worker and always happy to see me:).
As she ages, she will get a great tan...making her even more adorable.
If you are looking for a fun family project, all this takes is a little ingenuity and creativity.

 Happy Fall!



Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Julia, Gertie is the sweetest and shiniest scare crow I have ever seen. What a fun idea! I love her curls, skirt and gloves. Perfect touches for a stylin' girl! I don't know about scaring the crows away... but I bet she attracts a whole lot of attention. So fun!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

That is so excellent! I can't wait to show this to my kids. How fun!

Teresa said...

She is a beauty! Glad to hear you bolted her down, with your wind she might have ended up in the next county...oh wait that's where I live..unbolt her, unbolt her:):)

Debby said...

Now how cute is she. I love her tutu.
Alot of work but so wonderful.

Kate @ Bliss and That said...

How fun!! You're right, she'll be even more stunning when "tan"! :)

Unknown said...

Darling! What a clever idea... she's very unique and charming. I really like the layered skirt.

Bonnie said...

So cute and clever. Wish I had a Gertie in my garden.

Anonymous said...

What a fun idea! I love the beautiful country in the background!

Gumbo Lily said...

Adorable! Does she jiggle and rattle a little bit to keep things away?

CW said...

How cute, Julie!

The Coderlambian said...

She's beautiful! VERY FUN!

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