Pumpkins and Scarecrows Oh My!
My first memory of a scarecrow (around age 3) was the brilliant, dancing and singing friend to Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. When I finally saw a real one in person, its silent stare, spooky smile and broken arms scared me. Frankly, I was not a fan.
Now, fast forward to Kitchen Kettle Village present day and stroll through our Village in early fall. Everywhere you look there is a different scarecrow in front of stores and tucked in nooks and crannies of the Village. There is always a theme and this years’ is sports (probably lots of Olympic choices). The creativity and fun with which the scarecrows are made shines through and there are nothing but smiles and laughter when our guests discover each unique one. We have a work night to make them and all the departments and stores get involved. We eat, we carve, we glue and we create.
During our annual Tailgating Festival, guests from all around the world can admire the fun creativity of scarecrows. You can even vote for your favorite!
Since the safety of our children is always at the forethought of our minds we decided we needed to show some pumpkin decorating tips that didn’t include large knives and knuckle breaking carving techniques. As many of you know Pinterest has a wealth of ideas for any sized child or pumpkin (see our DIY board on Pinterest). We found a plethora of pumpkin decorating ideas using decorative duct tape, ribbon, fabric, Sharpie magic markers and stickers. Have fun and be creative. Use unexpected materials and let your kids play and don’t be surprised when your dining room centerpiece turns into a home decorating masterpiece!