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Okay, my short giant funkin has showen up and I'm getting ready to build my scarecrow prop. What I'm going to do is unscrew my bird feeder from the 6x6 post it's on. Then I need to hide that blaring white post, I'm thinking putting cornstalks around it and lashing them to it?? Build my scarecrow , then he'll get lashed to the post and what ever is covering it. Does that make sense?

Please take a look at the pics, how would you handle this if this was yours to do? I'm open for any suggestions.

Picture from the front, this year .. Left area open for scarecrow.





Area from brick patio side, last year.
 

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Black plastic and black duct tape? You could cut up a trash bag, use landscape fabric, ... Then, adding anything in front of it, like your corn stalks, and it's sure to disappear.

Of course, you could also highlight the post and wrap it in some brown material to look like the scarecrow was lashed to a real post...
 

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Thanks so much for the help HogHunter and FearingtonHouse, I'll wrap it first in dark fabric or a leaf bag. I'm trying to formulate this area into a haunted pumpkin patch. I have Atmosphere FX singing pumpkins .. If I can get it set up right I'd like to put them in here since it would be a very easy area to block off.

A rough idea for my pumpkin scare crow, I think I'd make signs to go on his torso that said. Haunted, Pumpkin, Patch, Beware .. Or something like that. I'd like more fluttery spooky fabric around the arms maybe. Also some vines .. We live in the south and have kudzu everywhere. When my kids get home from school they are going to try to help me harvest some vines and sticks, Cross your fingers we don't get bit by a snake! ;)


I'm sure this picture probably belongs to someone here, I don't know who to credit though. It's a beautiful job.
 

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*LOL* I started thinking legs of something would just slip over and be easy to install and so was born the post cosy. ;) Thanks for the dark fabric idea guys, it works great. I put the cornstalks around the post and it totally receded and became pretty invisible.

I'm trying to firm up scarecrow plans before I act. I'm not normally the builder on projects, I design .. The idea comes out of my head, then I help my Dh build it. He's great, he can get into my head and understand just what I'm thinking. Unfortunately he's busy this weekend sooooo... My main concern is screwing up installing carved funkin on the stick at the right angle. It was an expensive foam pumpkin, I don't want to mess it up!
 

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might I suggest hot glue then, so if you mess up, you can remove and try again.
Sounds like a very good idea, thanks!! :)

Really today seemed to be devoted to getting a face we liked drawn on, cutting it in. My middle daughter helped me, cut and paint. Layering paint, taking the funkin from kind of a bright unnatural orange to something more earthy,. Putting high lights and low lights, then shading .. Then sealing. Doesn't look near as nice of a job from the airbrushing I've seen, but we were stuck with washes and shading in by hand. Kind of achieved a sickly, rotting look in the 'skin tone' .. Which can be either good or bad .. Depending on how you look at it. ;)

I might use orange string lights to light him, maybe gathered on the top of the stick. I like the look. Hopefully tomorrow we'll get farther on the body.



This is going to rather uninspiring after the degree of airbrush work I've seen here, but .. ;)

Before shading, starting to bring the original color down with a burnt umber wash. The going back in with highlights.




Shading, sickly skin, matte finish.






Him eating string lights. ;) You get the idea though. Next year when I have more time I'll work on the stem, ect.

 
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