A tutorial on how to make Mr. McGregor’s scarecrow.
All my life I have loved The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. It is a childhood classic that I have read to all my children and now to my grand children.
It is out of love for this author and book series that I created my version of little Peter’s life lesson.
A lesson where Peter ignores his Mother’s warnings and defiantly disobeys struggling to escape death. A fate that his own father was not able to escape.
Peter’s struggle is my own battle as well. For I too have disobeyed and have struggled to escape death.
Here is how I made this remembrance.
- Collect all the pieces needed. A boys size 5/6 dress shirt in bunny blue. A quaint hat. Three brass buttons. Toddler shoes. Jute or string. Red yarn. A straight limb or sapling. Plastic birds.
- Make a pompom for the top of the hat.
Cut out two circles from card board the size you want the pompom. Poke a hole in the center. Use a needle or pin to thread the yarn through both pieces of cardboard. Do this until it is full. Cut the yarn using the crack between the cardboard as a guide. Tie with a string and connect to center of hat.
- If the shoes are a color that will not match the end design, paint them. I used a bright blue mixed with black to get a deep black blue color. I removed the shoe strings and painted them also.
- Take some white chalk and draw the alterations onto the blue shirt. I wanted it to look like Beatrix Potters illustration.
Remove all the company tags and carefully cut off the small buttons.Gently wipe away the chalk marks with a damp cloth. Sew or pin on three brass buttons.
- Assemble. Insert the cross stick into the shirt before you screw the branches together. Otherwise the shirt may not go on. Use twine to cover the screw. I stuffed some plastic grocery bags into the arms to add a little puffiness and some straw. Use twine to hang the shoes in place. Place the hat on the top. I secured mine with twine. Add some birds to finish for a colorful garden decoration that is sure to ignite the imagination in all of us!
(Top Illustration was created by Beatrix Potter)
Tip: All items used for this project were purchased from yard sales, or I already had it on hand.