Tower of boys

As we were entering Wolverton's Scarecrow Festival for the first time we arrived at our idea full of naivety. How difficult could it be to make a tower of three boys out of papier mache and chicken wire?

As we were entering Wolverton’s Scarecrow Festival for the first time last month, we arrived at our idea full of naivety. How difficult could it be to make a tower of three boys out of papier mache and chicken wire?

Three layers of papier mache using just PVA glue and newspaper followed by some shaping with cardboard rolls and cotton wool for extra padding then a fourth layer of papier mache.

Three layers of papier mache using just PVA glue and newspaper followed by some shaping with cardboard rolls and cotton wool for extra padding then a fourth layer of papier mache.

Layers of poster paint (mixed with more PVA) to decorate with.

Layers of poster paint (mixed with more PVA) to decorate with.

Then comes the fun bit when the eyes are added and the models take on personalities.

Then comes the fun bit when the eyes are added and the models take on personalities.

I had seven days to work on this scarecrow entry, six days were spent on the heads, leaving 1 day for the bodies.

I had seven days to work on this scarecrow entry, six days were spent on the heads, leaving 1 day for the bodies.

So having never done this before, the rough idea was to take three of the boys outfits and bulk them out with chicken wire.

So having never done this before, the rough idea was to take three of the boys outfits and bulk them out with chicken wire.

which kind of worked to start with...

which kind of worked to start with…

...but soon became more challenging when extra bodies were added.

…but soon became more challenging when extra bodies were added.

I added extra structure with wooden spoons, cushions from the sofa and string but...

I added extra structure with wooden spoons, cushions from the sofa and string but…

...the moment we tried to make the boy tower vertical the main supporting pole snapped in half - and this was 30 minutes before the first tour was about to arrive. We scrambled around hoisting the bodies up with string and supporting with wooden joisted and plastic coat hangers. The result was a tower in mid collapse but it brought a lot smiles to the faces of passers by.

…the moment we tried to make the boy tower vertical the main supporting pole snapped in half – and this was 30 minutes before the first tour was about to arrive. We scrambled around hoisting the bodies up with string and supporting with wooden joists and plastic coat hangers. The result was a tower in mid collapse but it brought a lot smiles to the faces of passers by.

Next year we’ll have to do a bit research into structural integrity before tackling such a large scale project. Wolverton’s other 2016 scarecrow entries were wonderful, local gardens coming alive with all manner of creative papier mache & stuffed clothes characters.

About Roze

My name is Roze Sherwood, I am a mother of three brilliant boys; eight year old twins and a nine year old. I’m married and live in Buckinghamshire, working as a graphic designer for most of the time and stealing pockets of time here and there to write and craft. This blog is a place for me to share the craft projects I test out on my three sons. Thank you for taking an interest.

12. October 2016 von Roze
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