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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Scarecrow Mason Jar Topper

Hey Y'all,
I had a new friend coming over to see my space and decided to change all my decorations on my shelf to fall. I had Easter through July on them.  As I put my fall decor up, I moved Christmas decor into two boxes.  This would make it easier to find and change to Christmas decor when the time came. One of the things I came across the snowman topper for a mason jar. I thought, I  should make one as a scarecrow and wondered, why didn't I do that last year? As I tried to make one I realized why I hadn't done that last year. I didn't make one because the head for the snowman had ten pieces and the two hats I thought would work had eight and six pieces. I went to work and made one using ten pieces but it didn't look right and I wasn't sure why? As I sat thinking about it I took the hat off a small unfinished pumpkin from last year and put in on the head. That was it! The hat was to small for the head. It would take some filling in the gaps underneath with raffia but it would be perfectly. That is how this cute little guy came about and he makes me smile every time I look at him.

Cut the hat.svg from Haunted Forest SVG Kit at W 7.529 x 5.603 H. Cut the hat_panels.svg at W. 6.142 x 3.022 H. Assemble the hat then using a small flower punch, cut "bites" out of the brim. Use a distress tool (rough nail buffer or a real distress tool) to give the hat a look of wear to it. I used Cuttlebug Tiny Mosaic emboss folder on the panels for texture. You can do the emboss straight or turn your pieces so that the mosaic comes out triangles. Ink the hat and panel pieces with Tim Holtz rusty hinge then use gathered twigs. I ink my panels before I put them on to ink the edges of each panel piece, this brings out more detail. Glue your hat_panels.svgs to the hat. Squeeze the top of the hat together and using scissors cut the top off, squeeze the hat the other way and cut off just the tips sticking up. Distress the top and ink with Tim Holtz gathered twigs,set aside to dry.

From Santa's Sweets SVG Kit cut the white. svg from Mason Jar Snowman file. Cut at the size it imports, the size is W8.000 x 4.829 H. I used American Craft Card Stock color, Latte. Glue the head together and cut the nose.svg from Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit. I cut three and glued one on top of the other for dimension. The size for those are as they import which is W 0.400 x 0.542 H. I used a dark brown pen to add the x's around the nose. Line the bottom of the nose up with the cut out and glue just over your cut out. Using a pencil decide where you want your eyes and add eye lashes. Do the same for your mouth. Draw your mouth on with the pencil as well. You can fill it in with a brown pen after your sure it is the way you would like it to look. I used Pearlescent Chalk to add my "cheeks". I used large Black Enamel dots for the eyes.

 NOTE: Try the hat on your snowman so you can see how far down the hat goes. I glued the hat on first then put the eyes and nose on and it made it difficult to get the eye lashes in the right place.

Glue the hat into place pushing the head tabs to the inside of the hat. It will not match perfectly so don't try. You will be filling the gabs in with raffia hot glued into place. Don't worry about getting the raffia a certain length before you glue as you could burn your fingers with shorter pieces. You can give your scarecrow a haircut after the glue has cooled.

Fill your eyelashes and mouth in once you have adhered the eyes.  Hot glue the ribbon for the hat into place cutting a tiny notches around the bottom for a better fit. These were cut to fit at the "seams" of the hat.  I added a few pieces of raffia to the top inside using hot glue.

The sunflower is from 3D Mums and Fall Flowers SVG Kit. Cut the petals.svg at W 4.092 x 1.874 H. Cut the centers.svg at W.4.311 x 1.938 H. I used mustard colored American Craft Card Stock to cut the petals and inked the flower with Stampin Up Rich Razzleberry. The centers were cut using Coffee American Craft Card stock. The center  of the sunflower is one of the small circles from the center cuts for you sunflower. Emboss it with Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles Emboss folder then ink with Brilliance Copper ink. The sunflower is shaped with Mc Gill Flower Shaping tools. Bend your flower in half a bit then Hot glue into place. The wheat is from Our Thanksgiving Gathering SVG Collection  and is cut at W 0.500 x 1.74 H. The oak leaf is from Autumn Elements SVG Collection, I can only give you an about size on that one but if you size the leaf to about an 1.25 long you should be able to get the size I used. Make sure when you do that your lock aspect is checked. The crow is a sticker embellishment I picked up from Michaels a few yrs ago, I would love to find some more.  The tiny themed flats are from Those were my last two and I will need to place another order from them soon. I just love their buttons!

 You can use a ribbon or as I did cut a strip of fabric using pinking sheers and tie around the neck of the scarecrow head once you have place it on a sealed Maison Jar. I have filled mine with Candy Corn but you could fill it with anything. Pinterest has great ideas on what you can put in a Maison Jar as a gift. Take it to your Fall dinner parties or as a thank you gift for someone special. What ever you put inside I am sure it will be wonderful and they will have a cute scarecrow as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Your encouragements are much appreciated. If you make one of these cuties I would love to see it. You could post a picture on SVG Cuts or on my Facebook page Shara's Paper Creations. I love seeing other peoples ideas and hey, isn't that what crafting is all about?  Thanks again, have a wonderful day and Happy Craftin' Y'all!
Blessings, Sharalyn

SVG Kits and Collections Used:
 Haunted Forest SVG Kit
 Santa's Sweets SVG Kit
  Leaves Are Falling SVG Kit
 3D Mums and Fall Flowers SVG Kit
 Our Thanksgiving Gathering SVG Collection 
Autumn Elements SVG Collection

Supplies Used:
American Craft Card Stock: Mustard, Latte, Apricot, pomegranate, oregano
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: rusty hinge, Gathered twigs
Ranger Enamel Accents: White (dot on eyes)
 Pebbles Pearlescent Chalks
Cuttlebug Emboss Folders: Tiny Bubbles, Tiny Mosaics
Black Enamel Dots
Buttons Galore and More: Flat Buttons
Fine Brown Marker
Stampin Up: Jean Ribbon (discontinued but sure you can find it on ebay)
Fabric Scrap