Crows in the Pumpkin Patch

By  Prudy Vanier 

  • Crows in the Pumpkin Patch
  • Scarecrow Body Painting Chart
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  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Bright Orange, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Yellow, Canyon Orange, Hauser Light Green, Lavender, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Oxblood, Snow (Titanium) White, Tangerine
  • Brushes: Scharff Syn-Sable: Flat, Series 140, #2, #20; Angular, Series 155, 1/4”
  • Prudy’s Best: Floater; Liner
  • QuickWood Epoxy Wood Repair Putty available through Prudy Vannier
  • DecoArt Americana Gel Stain, Oak
  • Spray varnish, matte or satin
  • Glass Dome (7”) with Turned Base (6”) from Turn of the Century Wood Products
  • Wood accessories from Bear With Us: Small Maple Leaf (#1324), eight, Small Oak Leaf (#1424), eight, Small Split Acorn (#1916), 10, Medium Plain Apple, (#1090), one, Crabapple (#0961), two, Plain Cherry (#0855), four, Small Dimensional Bird (#1819), two
  • Paint stir stick cut into 1-1/4”x2” piece (scarecrow body)
  • Wooden dowel, 1/8”-wide


  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Drill with 1/8” drill bit
  • Dome Base
  • 1. Use #20 flat and slightly thinned gel stain to stain entire base, maple leaves, oak leaves, and acorns. Let dry. Use craft glue to randomly glue leaves and acorn on sides of base in different directions and overlapping each other. Let dry. Re-glue loose pieces if needed. Side-load Prudy's floater with Burnt Umber and shade on base around glued pieces and where one piece overlaps another. Slip-slap Burnt Umber on top of base to create a darkened area where pumpkins and scarecrow will be glued. Drill hole on top of base for scarecrow stake. (Note: Make sure hole is wide enough to fit dowel.) Spray base with varnish.
  • Jack-o-Lanterns
  • 1. (Note: Refer to Figure 1 for guidance.) Follow package directions to knead QuickWood. For large Jack-o-lantern, flatten QuickWood and cover med. plain apple. (Note: Spray non-stick cooking spray on hands to help prevent sticking.) Use palette knife to score pumpkin creating segments. Repeat same for crabapples (medium Jack-o-lanterns) and one plain cherry (scarecrow head).

    Fig. 1
  • 2. Roll small balls for eyes and nose, and flatten. Roll smaller balls for pupils and flatten. Press pupils onto eyes so Jack-o-lanterns are looking in different directions. Press eyes and nose onto Jack-o-lanterns. Roll oval shape for mouths and flatten; use palette knife to score lips and tooth lines. Press mouths onto Jack-o-lanterns varying shapes to create different personalities. For stems, roll cylinder shapes; cut bottom ends into three or four sections. Twist stems if desired; separate bottom sections and press onto top of Jack-o-Lanterns. For "hair" on scarecrow head, flatten a piece of QuickWood and use scissors to cut into thin pieces; attach pieces around bottom of stem for desired look.
  • Pumpkins
  • 1. In same manner as Jack-o-lanterns, cover remaining three plain cherry wood pieces with QuickWood; do not score. Add stems.
  • Scarecrow Body
  • 1. (Note: Refer to Figure 2.) Carefully drill holes at center top for head, sides of body for arms, and center bottom for stake. Cut 3/4" lengths for arms and glue in place. Cut 3" length for stake and glue in place. For buttons, roll three small balls and flatten.

    Fig. 2
  • Drying
  • 1. Follow manufacturer's directions to harden QuickWood. Carefully drill hole in bottom of scarecrow head.
  • Scarecrow Body - Painting
  • 1. Refer to painting chart. Paint body and arms Lavender. Use #2 flat to paint Hauser Lt. Green vertical and horizontal stripes on body. Use liner and thinned Snow White to add vertical and horizontal lines through center of stripes. Paint buttons washy Lavender; dot button holes pure Lavender. Glue buttons on body.

    Scarecrow Body Painting Chart
  • Jack-o-Lanterns, Pumpkins, and Crows
  • 1. Base Jack-o-Lanterns and pumpkins Tangerine. Overcoat some with Canyon Orange and some with Bright Orange. For Jack-o-lanterns, vary colors of noses and mouths as well. For pumpkins, use angular to float Oxblood segment lines.
  • 2. Paint stems (and hair on scarecrow) Hauser Lt. Green. Paint teeth and whites of eyes Snow White. Paint pupils Lamp Black. Shade cheeks Oxblood.
  • 3. Base crows Lamp Black and beaks Cadmium Yellow; dot eyes Cadmium Yellow.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Use thinned Burnt Umber to paint over Jack-o-lanterns, scarecrow head, pumpkins, and stake; wipe gently leaving Burnt Umber in crevices to antique. Apply varnish.
  • 2. Glue scarecrow head on top of body and crow on arm. Glue Jack-o-lantern, pumpkins and remaining crow on base making sure dome lid will fit over all.