scarecrows RHS hampton court

Whose Afraid of the Scarecrow?

Are you feeling autumnal?  Even with the seasonal weather, I was thinking my family needed a reminder that summer was over.  With Halloween just around the corner, if we were in the U.S., we’d be inundated with autumn and Halloween decor.

On Sunday when we had the torrential downpour of rain, my daughter and I decided to do some seasonal crafting.  We found this easy craft stick scarecrow project on First Palette.  All you really need is popsicle sticks and the rest can be improvised with stuff around the house.  After making scarecrows, we went off piste and made a witch as well.  I let my daughter run with her ideas and she made scarves and high heels for the girl scarecrows as well.

scarecrow craft

Since we were on a roll, we also did the paper pumpkin (super easy) which we decorated with paper punched leaves.

paper pumpkin

This crafting interlude reminded me that the RHS Flower Show Hampton Court back in July asked local primary schools to make scarecrows.  I loved that the scarecrows are all unique and represent a variety of countries.  Here are some of my favourites.

scarecrows RHS hampton court

(clockwise from top left)

Farnham Common Infant School.  This scarecrow is named Joy, the name of the Welsh grandmother of a child in the class upon whom the scarecrow is modelled.  I’m sure Joy (the grandmother) was thrilled to be the model for a scarecrow.

Northborne Park School.  This scarecrow, named Kikuya, represents a Japanese Geisha.  She is hand-painted and has real flowers in her hair.

Hillmead Primary School.  Miss Hawaii is in a traditional raffia skirt and wears a headdress of flowers, foliage and feathers.

Sayes Court Primary School.  They picked this Maasai tribesman because of his cultural belief in protecting the land for future generations.

Maidenbower Junior School.  This scarecrow is Ready For All Weathers.  He represents Britain and is indeed ready for all weather in our unpredictable climate.

scarecrows RHS Hampton Court

(clockwise from top left)

Riverhead Infants School.  The Jack in the Green is pushing the May Queen in a wheelbarrow to celebrate the arrival of spring.  Spring, autumn, whatever the season, these scarecrows are quite charming.

Belmont Primary School.  This Thor is made from recycled school items such as school posts and fencing.

Epsom Downs Primary School.  These two scarecrows, named Ogbeni and Iya afin Agun, represent a traditional Nigerian wedding couple.

Wonersh and Shamley Green Infant School.  This scarecrow, called Gloria Ghana, is dressed in national colours and has a Phormium headdress.

Trafalgar Infant School.  The Royal Guard is inspired by the excitement at the school about the birth of the royal baby.

Great Kingshill CofE Combine.  This scarecrow, named Senorita Flores, is a traditional  Spanish flamenco dancer.

Will you be doing anything to usher in Autumn and Halloween into your home?  With half-term around the corner, some seasonal decorating may be just the thing to keep young hands busy.

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