Repurposed Vintage Milk Can Scarecrow


Hi there, Friends! Even though it's still quite warm here, I've been having fun adding touches of fall to my home. How about you? If you were to visit me, you would be greeted by my latest whimsical resident. I've created a festive seasonal look for the vintage milk can that sits near my front door year round.  


repurposed vintage milk can scarecrow



I found this vintage milk can at a yard sale, long before my blogging days and it has been sitting on my front entry steps ever since. No makeover was required, as the color and patina are just as I purchased it--well, except for the creeping fig that has since adorned it! I know some gardeners might consider the untamed greenery invasive, but I love the look of it climbing my traditional red brick home. I planted it with this in mind and though it took several years, it finally grows like crazy--with a mind of its own.  Like I've said before, in Texas if something is drought tolerant and stays green through our harsh summers, it can invade all it wants! 


repurposed vintage milk can scarecrow


As I admired the way the greenery had climbed the can, the idea came to me. With my fondness for repurposing and playing dress up, I imagined a whimsical scarecrow. I already had an idea where to begin. Remember these recent finds?  Though I originally had a different project in mind for them, I could spare one. I decided to give it a faux terracotta finish--I'll share a tutorial for my technique, soon. 


repurposed vintage milk can scarecrow


Since I wanted to showcase the vintage milk can dressed in nature's finest, I purposely kept it very simple.  I used  a cute yellow chevron patterned burlap ribbon from my craft stash...


repurposed vintage milk can scarecrow



...wrapped it around the "neck" and tied a simple knot to create a bow tie.


repurposed vintage milk can scarecrow


Next, I added a silk sunflower that already had magnetic backing from a previous project,


repurposed vintage milk can scarecrow


tied some raffia on the handles and added a clip on crow. It was originally repurposed from a broken light set, that I have since used for several garden projectsThe pumpkin head was topped with a zinnia and more raffia was tucked inside. With the added weight of the plant, the pumpkin rests nicely on top of the can without using any sort of adhesive. That way, in the future, when I am ready to strip or redress the milk can, I can do so in minutes. Isn't he a cutie?


Repurposed vintage milk can scarecrow




Last, I decided my little friend needed some footwear ;) 


repurposed vintage milk can scarecrow



Remember these? This is makeover number two for these upcycled garden clogs--gotta love spray paint!


repurposed vintage milk can scarecrow



My little scarecrow creates quite a cheerful and thrifty front door welcome. The copper watering can was a clearance buy from Target. Everything else was purchased at a yard sale or thrift store. 


repurposed vintage milk can scarecrow




Pin it!

repurposed vintage milk can scarecrow


Now all he needs is a name! I'm leaning towards Sunny or Rusty, but I'm open to suggestions!


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15 comments:

  1. Very cute! I love the finish on the pumpkin. I am all for creeping green things on the house. I have English Ivy everywhere and I love it.

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  2. Oh my he is adorable. A wonderful repurpose of one of those Halloween trick or treat pumpkins.

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    2. Thank you so much for sharing your adorable scarecrow at Snickerdoodle last week. I loved him so much that he is a feature today at Snickerdoodle.

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  3. The whole arrangement is adorable Cecilia! I love the painted pumpkin, milk can, white birdhouse, & clogs. Especially love the climbing plant. That ties it all together so nicely. Pinned.

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  4. Cute as can be Cecilia ... I like the name "Rusty".

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  5. Cecilia,
    I love your milk can scarecrow! The creeping fig looks like overalls on it, lol. The shoes are the perfect finishing touch. :-) I like both names. Too, too cute!

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  6. Cecilia,
    OMG!! This is so darn cute!! I just may have to try something like this! Love it! Pinned! Thanks so much for always taking the time to stop by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  7. Your pumpkin looks real...great DIY! And I'm like you, creeping and untamed is just fine with me!

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  8. Cecilia, This is adorable and terribly creative! Love it! Pinning to share. Thanks for linking up with us for Snickerdoodle!
    ~Laurie

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  9. Such a cutie! I love how the pumpkin head looks terra cotta. So stinkin cute Cecilia!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  10. Hi Cecilia, just hopping by to let you know that you are being featured at SYC later today.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  11. That's so creative.. and cute! Happy Fall and thank you for sharing.

    Tamara <3

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  12. That's so creative.. and cute! Happy Fall and thank you for sharing.

    Tamara <3

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  13. Oh my goodness... this is so cute ... and creative!! Love it. And on a totally random note .. besides upcycling old furniture, I'm also a Zumba instructor, and always on the lookout for upbeat music. If you haven't heard it ... The Vamps (a boy band that looks like they were carved out of butter!) do a remake of "Oh, Cecelia". You can find it on YouTube ... check it out ... it'll put a smile on your face for sure! :D Cynthia

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