Crystal AllisonColvin Run Mill, Fairfax County's award-winning operational 19th century water powered gristmill, is owned by the Fairfax County Park Authority and has been open to the public since 1972. Paid and volunteer staff offer recreational and educational activities for all ages through daily tours, school programs and special events.
Crystal Allison: I am Crystal Allison from Colvin Run Mill Historic Site and today we're making a scarecrow and we're ready for step three in making a scarecrow. We're going to build the lower half of the scarecrow and I'm going to use a pair of pants, long pants that have belt loops. The belt loops will be important later on. Now, I want to stuff the legs of my scarecrow and I dont want the straw to come out the end. So, I'm going to take a piece of twine and tie the pant legs. This is about a six to eight inch piece of twine, not a large piece of twine. After I've secured both legs, I'm now ready to stuff both my pants of my scarecrow. Now, remember that if you want a scarecrow to be pretty sturdy, you need to stuff a lot of straw into that scarecrow. If you wanted to have a more floppy appearance, of course then you wouldnt have to stuff it as heavily and you continue stuffing the legs of the scarecrow until you get up to the body of the pants. I'm now finishing up stuffing the top of the bottom half of my scarecrow but I'm going to leave some room in the top or in the waist of the scarecrow because I'm going to have to fit the shirt, the upper body into the bottom of the scarecrow. So, I'm going to leave it open like this, not fasten it and some room and then Ill place the upper body of the scarecrow. So, we're through with this step and we're ready to go on to the last step of making a scarecrow.