How to Create Garden Decorations


You can create whimsical scarecrow decorations for your garden from soft copper tubing, copper foil and colorful glass embellishments. These quirky scarecrows can be as large or as small as you like. They'll stand guard in your garden and do their best to keep the birds away from your veggies. If that doesn't work, they also pull double duty as conversation starters and guaranteed smile-makers.

Step 1

Cut a 6-foot length of soft copper tubing. Drill a hole through the tubing half an inch from the one end. Measure 3 inches from the same end and drill a small hole through the tubing. Drill six more holes in 3-inch increments.

Step 2

Bend the drilled end of the tubing into a circle. Hold one hand 24-inches from the end and shape the head of the scarecrow. Copper tubing bends easily, but you can use a coffee can or some other curved object to shape the circle.

Step 3

Cut a 7-inch section of 18-gauge craft wire and insert it halfway into the hole that is half an inch from the end. This hole is now close to the straight section of tubing that is the scarecrow's body. Twist the wire around the straight copper tubing to join the end securely and to keep the circle shape.

Step 4

Measure 10 inches down the straight tubing and drill another hole. This is where you will attach your scarecrow's arms.

Step 5

Draw eight 2-inch wide wavy strips that measure 10-inches long onto the copper foil. Draw two 1-inch wide wavy strips that measure 7-inches long. The waves in your strips can be as relaxed or as exaggerated as you like. The strips will make up your scarecrow's face and hair spikes. Cut out the strips.

Step 6

Glue two glass cabochons near the center of one of the 10-inch strips; space the cabochons 2.5 inches apart. These are your scarecrow's eyes. Glue one glass cabochon onto the center of one of the 7-inch strips. This is the nose. Create a smile with more cabochons along the center of the remaining 7-inch strip. Let the adhesive dry.

Step 7

Trim one end of the remaining seven 10-inch strips into a point. Puncture a hole with the awl in the center of the 2-inch wide end of the strip, half an inch from the end.

Step 8

Cut seven 8-inch strips of craft wire. Attach each of the hair spikes to the copper tubing using the 3-inch interval holes. Insert the wire through the holes on the tubing and the strips. Wrap the wire around the tubing to secure the strips in place. You can let the ends of the wire stand straight up between the copper strips to add another dimension to the scarecrow's hair.

Step 9

Cut six 6-inch strips of wire. Hold the eye, nose and smile strips in place over the face so you'll know where to make the attachment holes in the copper foil. You can attach the strips to the copper tubing using the same holes that are holding the hair strips. Attach the eye strip straight across or at an angle. Attach the nose strip at an angle so that the nose falls somewhere near the center of the face. Attach the smile strip close to the bottom of the face.

Step 10

Cut two 4-inch wide wavy strips that are each 16-inches long. Trim one end of each strip into a point. Make a hole half an inch from the wide ends. Attach the arms to the hole in the straight tubing. Cut a strip of copper wire, insert it into the holes and wrap it securely around the tubing so that the arms stretch out to either side. Stand the scarecrow in your garden by pressing the end of the tubing into the ground.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Soft copper tubing
  • Pipe cutter
  • Marker
  • 18-gauge copper wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Copper foil
  • Household shears
  • Drill and small drill bit
  • Glass cabochons
  • Clear waterproof adhesive
  • Awl


  • Working with Copper Tubing

Who Can Help

  • Crafting with Copper Foil
Keywords: garden decoration, copper scarecrow, garden art

About this Author

Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.