|Having some fun with fall!|
I've already shared the pine cone flowered napkin rings and the door basket adorned with pine cone flowers and, today, I took it all outside and created what I hope will be a welcoming fall setting. Of course, I got the mandatory mums, and pumpkin and even took some of the dried corn stalks from the garden, but I kept thinking 'fall friends' and decided to make his and her mini scare-folks.
It helps to have a little whimsy in your life to brighten the day-to-day routine. Several weeks ago, I found some straw hats at the Dollar Tree, and I brought them home thinking I would use them to make some sort of fall craft. So when the scare-folks idea came up, the hats had purpose.
I formed the heads of my scare-folk from the straw hats and I stuffed each of them with a towel and closed the neck on the scare-fella with a length of rope. To give the scare-gal pigtails, I just flipped the hat up, cut the brim into two parts, and tied each with a bandanna. I think she's a hoot! I made their eyes and nose with felt and then highlighted them with fabric paint. The scare-fella got some rope for hair and I took the third straw hat and cut it in half to make his hat and the other half was used to form her neck.
Finally, I used a square dowel to create the body and a cross-piece of dowel to form the arms. I dressed them in seasonally appropriate flannel and set them up at the corner of the front steps to welcome guests.